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B&E American Whiskey

What happens when the maker of one of America’s most lauded single malt whiskies goes barrel snatching in some of the most celebrated rickhouses of Kentucky and Tennessee? Breaking & Entering American Whiskey: a rich, layered whiskey that is as satisfying as it is boundary-breaking.

Format: 750ml
ABV: 43%
Availability: Widely available

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A boundary-breaking spirit rich with toffee, candied citrus and dark chocolate.

- Imbibe

Jammy, spicy, all-American goodness.

- Esquire

Superbly silky and velvet... Smooth and balanced.

- ABV

A natural for classic American cocktails.

- Robb Report

This sipper shows smooth vanilla, spice and oak with a tease of red fruit on the finish.

- Wine Enthusiast

The Spirit

Breaking & Entering American Whiskey is our second release under the Breaking & Entering label. Whereas our gone-but-not-forgotten B&E Bourbon was a bourbon blend, B&E American Whiskey brings together bourbon and rye that head distiller/blender Dave Smith sourced and then blended with some of our own California malt whiskey.

What’s in it?

Breaking & Entering American Whiskey is a celebration of the incredible diversity of whiskies made in this country. The blend brings together four grains—rye, corn, barley, wheat—with no one grain being dominant. While we can’t name names, these are whiskies from distilleries with rabid followings. We were lucky to sneak in when we did. Some of the barrels we sourced for B&E would be impossible to get today. But at St. George, we usually aren’t content to leave well enough alone. According to Dave, “As good as the sourced barrels were, it was only when I started blending them with our own malt whiskey that I realized we were on to something truly worthy of the Breaking & Entering mantle.”

The Process

When we launched the B&E label in 2011 with our Breaking & Entering Bourbon, we deliberately chose the name in order to be transparent about the fact that whiskey made under the B&E label uses barrels we pilfered from other distilleries. We also wanted to distinguish our barrel-thieving side hobby from our own longstanding in-house whiskey program (which began in 1996 when we started laying down barrels for our St. George Single Malt Whiskey, and subsequently added to with our Baller Single Malt Whiskey).

The Experience

On the nose, you'll find toffee, candied orange peel, cinnamon, and cherry bark. On the palate, rich pecan pastry, bittersweet chocolate, fruit preserves, and spice. Enjoy Breaking & Entering in classic whiskey cocktails: Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, Whiskey Sours, Sazeracs, and even Vieux Carres are wonderful showcases for this whiskey’s dynamic flavor profile.


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