#350 • English Whiskey Co. Chapter 11 Heavily Peated

59.7% alc./vol.
St. George's Distillery, Roudham, Norfolk, England

Here we have another great tasting opportunity once provided by my mates Québec Whisky, we had the chance to “pop” a bottle of English Whiskey Co. Chapter 11.

La English Whiskey Co. is one of the only brands of pure English whiskey. The trademark belongs to the St.Geroge's distillery.

The creators of this whiskey wanted fans to follow its evolution at the same pace as them. The stage, or "chapter", of the evolution of this expression is the 11th. According to the wording, it is also said to be “heavily peated”. We will soon find out ...

Well, get out your English because today's quote goes to the guitarist Nigel Tufnel and his interviewer Marty DiBergi in the mockumentary Spinal Tap (1984):

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and ...
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, is not it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're here, all the way up, all the way up, you're on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I do not know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do, if we need that, what do you know?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why do not you just make ten louder and make it a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

Another young malt, because of his livid pallor.

Nose:
Peat smoke rather assertive and fieffée, which does not leave too much the rest of the flavors to express themselves.

Taste:
Honey and fruity and spicy sugar full mouth. Beautiful rolling fire of spices well expected of this cask strength. Smoked peat here takes the back seat.

Finish:
A little short but very pleasant, marked by spices and a return of smoke.

Balance:
Already an excellent whiskey, but which is likely to be even better to drink in cold weather.

Note: ★★★★★

#222 • English Whiskey Co. Chapter 6

46% alc./vol.
St. George's Distillery, Roudham, Norfolk, England

Better late than never as they say, so as a second service when tasting the Scotch Whiskey Club of Quebec on April 22, on “These whiskeys that made history”, we uncorked a bottle of English Whiskey Co. Chapter 6.

Le English Whiskey Co. is the trademark of the St.Geroge's distillery, one of the few in England proper. What admits this whiskey in the ranks of "whiskeys with history" is the fact that the distillery was, when it opened, the first in England for more than 120 years.

The artisans behind this whiskey wanted their customers to witness its evolution. In a spirit of convenience for the consumer, they therefore decided to divide their whiskeys into "chapters", ranging from new make until the oldest they will reach a day!

The one we are tasting today is the Chapter 6, the first official English malt single.

As Alexis-Henri-Charles Clerel, viscount of Tocqueville, so aptly called by convenience, so aptly put it Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) so aptly put it:

We must not despise the man if we want to obtain others and of ourselves great efforts.

Very young and could not be more pale.

Nose:
We get sucked at the start without surprise in the young molasses, but the malt brings us easily under the auspices of vanilla and fruit. After a light leather background, we can safely leave him a little time to open so that a nice grilled malt appears.

Taste:
Always light, but fruit and vanilla form a strong and sweet foundation on which the influence of the keg can build. The new make fades to give a nice place to roasted cereals and almonds.

Finish:
A good length, spices blend in a return of the new make.

Balance:
Again a lack of finesse and experience, but a great effort that promises!

Note: ★★★★★