#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 ...

Okay well get out your English because today's quote goes to the guitarist Nigel Tufnel and his interviewer Marty DiBergi 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, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don't 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 don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that 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 ever reach!

The one we taste 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 man if we want to obtain great efforts from others and from oneself.

Very young and could not be more pale.

Nose:
We are initially sucked into the young molasses unsurprisingly, but the malt easily brings us back under the auspices of vanilla and fruit. After a light leather background, you can safely give it a little time to open up so that a nice toasted malt appears.

Taste:
Still light, but the fruit and vanilla form a solid, sweet foundation upon which the influence of the cask can build. The new make fades to make room for toasted cereals and almonds.

Finish:
Good length, spices blend into a return of new make.

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

Note: ★★★★★