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St George Baller Single Malt Whiskey (750mL)



A California take on the Japanese spin on Scotch whisky,” says St. George master distiller Lance Winters of this big, smoky single malt. After distillation in ST George's pot stills, the whiskey is aged 3–4 years in used bourbon casks and French oak wine casks, filtered through maple charcoal, then finished in casks that had held umeshu (a Japanese style of stone fruit liqueur made from California-grown ume fruit.

The label re-imagines the legend of St. George as a samurai. The original watercolor on the front label is by Oakland artist Sylvia Solochek Walters, done to emulate woodcut. The calligraphy was done by Eri Takase of Takase Studios. Master distiller Lance Winters did the art direction, and also designed the chop for the back label, which Master Takase then rendered in ink brush.

St George Baller Tasting Notes:

Color: light golden straw tone in the glass, a warm and buttery yellow.
Aroma: Malty and grain-forward at first followed by some funkiness and fruit that expands into warm beer mash, old school cherry and cream sodas, root beer barrel candy, and charred fruit.
Palate: A summer BBQ with warm malty beer and relish-covered potato chips. Hot soda and barbecue Lays come next. Dried seaweed, sweet rice crackers, and warm root beer transition the palate from sweet and salty to umami. Brine, pickle, smoke, sugar, and salt make for an incredibly complex flavor profile.
Finish: A lingering, bread-y sweetness melds with light funkiness and smoke.
Price: $54.95
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