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The English 11 Years Old (OB, 46%, 2020)

The English 11 Years Old

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 46%
  • Age: 11 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: English single malt whisky
  • Cost: £59.95
  • Origin: St George’s distillery
  • Vintage: Undeclared

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What they say

As the founders of English whisky in this country, The English Whisky Co. is proud to be the first to bring you this milestone whisky.

“It has been a very long wait, but after a decade and a half we are finally in a position to release and English Single Malt Whisky bearing an age statement,” explains Managing Director, Andrew Nelstrop. “The English – 11yr is a fantastic example of the the work that is being done in our cask warehouses, ensuring a generational supply of English Single Malt Whisky.”

Savour and enjoy.

Official tasting notes:

Sweet and spicy; dry and woody with lovely oak overtones. The fruits come across with the cherries, apples and tropical fruits dominating. A nicely balanced peppery and spicy tingle on the tongue, with a rich, oily and slightly dry finish.

What I say

The first officially bottled (OB) age statement from St George’s Distillery for their standard range of The English whisky is this 11 Year Old expression releases 4th June 2020. Building on their ex-Bourbon matured Original expression, which carries no age statement but (unofficially) is made up of whisky aged for around 5-6 years. This 11 year old is built on a similar base/profile but aged twice as long. Their is a possibility than 1.10th of the casks used may have contained some peated whisky as used in their Smokey expression.

Thanks to Sorren (@OCDwhisky) and the @WhiskyCircus for the chance to sample this and the other core expressions again.

This post was sponsored by The English Whisky Company by provision of a sample of this product.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance:  Refractive yellow/Sauternes gold (7/20), medium tears and medium legs.
  • Nose: Floral and estery with ripe fruits such as pear and banana, foam banana sweeties, vanilla cream and custard.
  • Taste: Creamy and sweet, quite thick on the palate, fruity, rhubarb and custard sweeties, citrus zest, lemon and yellow grapefruit, tinned pineapple rings in syrup, apple pie with cinnamon and a touch of white pepper builds to cayenne pepper a touch vaporous and mentholic.
  • Finish: Long, dry, white oak wood and hay, before mouth-watering fruits return, like dried mango.

Overall

Similar to their ‘Original’ expression this is more of an every day drinker kind of whisky, starting to become a little drier and spicy for my palate but still a great benchmark of The English Whisky Company’s spirit.

Score 83/100

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