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.