A Delicious New Take on Japanese Whisky at K&L California – Whisky News

A Delicious New Take on Japanese Whisky
St. George “Baller” Single Malt Whiskey (750ml) ($69.99)

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Leave it up to our friends at St. George to come up with such a unique and inspired take on Japanese whisky. St. George “Baller” Single Malt goes through a regimen of aging in bourbon and French oak barrels before being finished in Ume plum liqueur barrels. While that might have a few scratching their heads, the result is nothing short of exquisite. A delightful riff on the whiskies found in bars throughout Tokyo; this floral-driven expression plays more on nuance and delicacy than raw power. As such, this is the perfect dram to sip on its own or as the base for similarly elegant cocktails. If you enjoy tropical notes in your whiskey (and, really, why wouldn’t you?), you must give this compelling single malt a spin. There’s not a lot of this idiosyncratic bottling to go around, so we put a cap on the number of bottles you can buy. Even with that, we still expect our limited allocation to disappear in no time. For those looking to broaden their whiskey drinking horizons, you won’t find a more pleasing malt.

St. George “Baller” Single Malt Whiskey (750ml) ($69.99)

Whisky Advocate: “Hugely floral and perfumed on the nose, with rose petals, violet candies, and dried orange peel. This is the Gewürztraminer of American single malts—sweet lychee, laced with sachet aromas that explode as if opening Grandmas dresser drawer. The palate is more tropical; dried pineapple, canned peach syrup, and spice. This could be polarizing, but it’s utterly captivating and worth a try. (JL, Fall 2017)”

K&L Notes: St. George’s new single malt release is described by Master Distiller Lance Winters as a California take on Japanese Malt. Initially aged in used bourbon and French oak barrels for 3-4 years, then finished in St. George Ume plum liqueur barrels. The result is an absolutely unique twist on the American single malt, namely that is was designed specifically to be drunk in highballs—Tokyo style. Of course it is ultra-limited, so grab it while you can.

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