St. George Single Malt Whiskey
For 21 years, St. George Single Malt Whiskey has been an American original: distilled, aged, blended, and bottled by us out of love for what a handcrafted single malt can be.
If you’ve tried any other St. George distillate, you owe it to yourself to taste the spirit that compelled master distiller Lance Winters to start distilling in the first place.
1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die says our whiskey “might just be the best U.S. single malt available today”—and by George, we agree.
Before starting at St. George in 1996, Lance had spent five years working as a brewer. When he realized that brewing beer was halfway to distilling whiskey, he turned in his brewer’s card and dedicated himself to the art and craft of distillation. Though the category of "American single malt" did not yet exist, Lance joined St. George Spirits with the express purpose of making single malt whiskey.
Lance’s brewing background strongly informed our whiskey’s mash bill—using various roast levels of two-row barley to elicit rich aromas of hazelnut and cocoa, and smoking a portion of unroasted barley over beech and alder wood to add base notes and additional complexity.
The resulting whiskey is expressive and inviting right off the still, but a variety of cooperage types contribute an even greater depth of flavor—creating a layered single malt with a signature all its own.
We released Lot 1 of St. George Single Malt Whiskey in 2000; since then, each release has evolved a little since we’re able to draw from a wider selection of barrels with every new bottling. The goal, though, is to increase expressiveness and flavor with every release—while staying true to our whiskey’s signature.
Head distiller/blender Dave Smith is now the chief custodian for our whiskey program, and it is his palate that now guides its evolution.
The youngest barrel in Lot 21 is about four-and-a-half years old, while the oldest single cask is just over 10 years. The blend also includes cask blends with whiskey dating back 22 years. Lot 21 incorporates used Kentucky bourbon barrels, used Tennessee whiskey barrels, American and French oak apple brandy casks, agricole rum casks, and California Sauternes-style casks.
St. George Single Malt Whiskey is an elegant expression of single malt.
You’ll find notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, orange peel, and a hint of tropical fruit on the nose. On the palate: bittersweet chocolate, roasted nuts, honey, and light citrus.
Sip neat to fully experience all the nuances and depth of flavor, or add nothing more than a single large ice cube. This is as good as whiskey gets.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Able to mount a strong argument for being the best single malt in America. — Paste Magazine
Craft Whiskey of the Year (2014) — Whisky Advocate
Like no other whiskey ever. A rainbow of sweet fruit and flower aromas you can scarcely believe come from grain, and an amazing smoothness on the palate. — Los Angeles Times
Might just be the best U.S. single malt available today.
— 1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die
A true American original. — Wine & Spirits Magazine
Phenomenal. Unlike any other being made today—fruity and full of deep, rich, smoky notes.
— Sour Mash Manifesto
An explosion of pineapple and coconut flavors on a base of pine, cedar, and vanilla. — Saveur
The coolest whiskey maker in America. — Inc.
Availability: Each Lot of St. George Single Malt Whiskey is very limited and released once annually. Lot 21 has been bottled and orders have begun coming in, but we expect a long and uneven rollout due to widespread shipping delays. We will also have a release event here at the distillery on December 4. Details are here.