St. George Single Malt Lot 14
American Single Malt
St. George Spirits // California, USA
It's unusual to think of a craft distillery as venerable but, with over three decades in the spirits game, St. George definitely qualifies. This release of their single malt whiskey, Lot 14, is a lollapalooza of sensations. The barrel list alone should clue you in to the fact that you're in for quite a ride: ex-bourbon, ex-Tennessee, French and American oak sherry & port, St. George apple brandy, and Blacksmith Cellars white wine barrels. A blend of 100% barley whiskeys aged anywhere from 4 to 15 years, this is a single malt that follows no orthodoxy. And it's delicious.
American Single MaltMade in the USA from 100% malted barley. Distilled at one distillery. Matured in oak casks no larger than 700L. Distilled to no higher than 160 proof (80% ABV). Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV) or higher. (This is the proposed Standard of Identity by the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission.)
Cask TypeVariety of American & French oak used from ex-bourbon, ex-port, ex-sherry, ex-apple brandy, ex-white wine
"On the nose, you’ll find heavy cocoa, ripe mango, Gala apple, almonds and Nutella. The palate reveals a load of bready grain and honeysuckle under a prominent cocoa flavor. Overall, the whiskey is a lot of fun; it begins mildly, ripens to a viscous, malty crescendo that explodes in the middle, and then dries out for a lengthy finish. For extra credit, pair with a light lager for an interesting combination of light and bold flavors. "