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Limited edition Royal Wedding Whisky

The English Whisky Company’s new limited edition William & Kate Commemorative Decanter

I visited St George’s distillery today and met with Andrew and James Nelstrop and had a good chat and tasting with David Fitt their distiller.

David Frit, the distiller at The English Whisky Company © Colin Hampden-White

David Fitt, the distiller at The English Whisky Company © Colin Hampden-White

David Fitt has chosen a mix of casks which have been married together to create a beautifully flavoured single malt whisky.

Included in the mix of casks is rum, bourbon, red wine and even a port cask. Around 3600 bottles will be produced for the world market at 46%

The decanters being filled © Colin Hampden-White

The decanters being filled © Colin Hampden-White

Aroma: The whisky is fresh with citrus notes with orange zest some spice and hints of vanilla

Palate: The freshness still runs strong and the citrus calms to marmalade with spice with a little light toffee and vanilla, the whisky (like their others), is amazingly forward for it’s age, belying only 3 to 3 1/2 years in cask. Left for a little while, the whisky really opens up and hints of the different casks come through.

The finish although not long, but long enough and certainly longer than you would expect for it’s age, mellowing on the tongue and ending with a little flurry of spice.

Royal Wedding Whisky © Colin Hampden-White

Royal Wedding Whisky © Colin Hampden-White

Much more complex than any of the whiskies I have tasted before from St George’s. James, Andrew and David are happy men, and so am I with a couple of bottles on order.

Andrew Nelstrop © Colin Hampden-White

Andrew Nelstrop © Colin Hampden-White

The whisky can be pre ordered from their website shop: http://www.englishwhisky.co.uk

There is some cracking stuff to come from them as well. I had a little taster of another peated whisky. Not yet a year in cask, you wouldn’t have believed it. The colour, already a golden amber, nose with a good dollop of peat with under lying smoke. The smoke comes through on the palate but not too strong, a nice balance. Their is a bit of spirit at the end still as it is so young, but expectations are high for when the time is right……

David Frit, looking to the future © Colin Hampden-White

David Fitt, looking to the future © Colin Hampden-White

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