St George’s is home to The English Whisky Co. The beautiful distillery was designed and built by the Nelstrop family for the specific purpose of producing the very finest English single malt whisky.
Why England and more specifically why Roudham, Norfolk? Well, there are only two main ingredients in whisky, barley and water and Norfolk have them both. They draw the purest, cleanest water from the Breckland aquifer deep beneath the distillery. Norfolk is one of the world’s premier growing barley regions, so their supply is plentiful and local.
The only other thing needed to create the very best malt whisky is oak casks. They don’t add colour, they don’t add flavour, they let the barrels do that for them, so they buy only the very finest oak casks. Most of the casks are supplied direct from America, having first been used for the maturation of bourbon. They also mature in Sherry casks, and various other wine casks. Their whisky is batch made by hand with no computers, filled into casks and then left to sleep until their distillers consider it perfect for bottling, which of course they do by hand - one bottle at a time.
The English Whisky Co. mature some of their fine single malt whiskies in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks; these casks are full of beautiful rich dark Sherry. Instead of discarding the Sherry they decided to add some of their single malt whisky to it and left it in the cask to continue maturing for a further 2 years, resulting in a wonderful fortified wine, which they bottled onsite and named The Norfolk PX.
Tasting Notes: The best way to describe it, is liquid Christmas pudding. Best served chilled.
Awards: World Whiskies Awards 2016 – Gold.
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