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English Whisky Company 12 Yr. Cadenhead Bottling Single Malt Scotch

  • English Whisky Company 12 Yr. Cadenhead Bottling Single Malt Scotch

English Whisky Company 12 Yr. Cadenhead Bottling Single Malt Scotch

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 11
  • SKU #: 11268
  • $144.99


English Whisky Company 12 Yr. Cadenhead Bottling Single Malt Scotch

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 11
  • SKU #: 11268
  • $144.99


English Whisky Company 12 Yr. Cadenhead Bottling Single Malt Scotch

This bottle comes from Campbletown’s own Cadenhead independent bottlers. It is a combination of casks they have acquired over the years, all ex-Bourbon with an age statement of 12 years. This is part of their collection series where they marry the barrels together and cut with Scottish water to 46% alcohol by volume. The nose shows a bit of spice, sweet mesquite peat, brown sugar, pipe tobacco, pepper, and a whif of smoky bacon. The palate has a terrific balance between sweet pipe smoke, brown sugar, fudge, cocoa, and green peppercorns. D&M Tasting Notes

It is quite hard to know exactly where to start when it comes to introducing this bottle. The distillery founders like to harken back to when they first became landowners in Norfolk in the late 1300s, but we think that the most important date to note in the distillery’s prehistory was 1820 when the Nelstrop family became noted millers and grain merchants. This state of providing the raw materials to bakers and distillers held for five generations. James Nelstrop spent his working years running businesses from Australian Mining to Post-Soviet Russian agriculture before returning to his family land and contemplating what he would like to do in ‘retirement.’ He had always told his son that it was a shame that they had great grain and sent it over 400 miles north where it made its way into the best Single Malts in Scotland.

The truth of the matter is that while the whole of the UK has a long and illustrious history with grain distillation, it had been over a century since whisky was legally produced in England proper. (1998 is when the Lea Valley stills fell silent.) Initially thinking that it would be quite nice to have a micro-distillery and a small set of stills he went about looking at the rules and regulations for such things. It turns out that very old rules and regulations forbade stills less than 1800 liters in England so the micro-distillery was out. Not overly deterred, James and his son Andrew Nelstrop decided if that was the minimum that is where they would size their stills. The funny thing about being the first to do something (in at least a while) is that with all possibilities they could conceivably make whisky in any number of ways (two, three, four times distilled in a pot, coffey, or column still.) Ironically enough after looking at all their options they settled on a very traditional setup of two times distillation in a copper pot still (same as is widely used in Scotland.)

For the still manufacturer they turned to Forsyths which had been making stills for Scottish distilleries for 115 years. They got their permits and planning in order and broke ground in 2005 and started making new make spirits in 2006. They named their distillery after the patron saint of England: St. George’s Distillery, without thinking too much about the long established distillery by that name in Alameda. They leaned initially on Iain Henderson, who fresh from his retirement as distillery manager for Laphroig was open to the challenge of setting up a new distillery at least one more time. Iain consulted for a couple of years until he handed the reins to David Fitt, a local brewer more than up to the task of making the transition to distilling. David, seen at right, has been the head distiller since 2008. After a gentle cease and desist from our St. George, they trade as The English Whisky Company at St. George’s Distillery. James has now passed, but he was very much on to the trend. While before his dream became a reality there were no distilleries in England, there are now 24 making English whisky. Andrew Nelstrop has talked about the wild ride brought on by his father that has led the family to be the founders of a whole new category. We do hope that you enjoy: any praise send along to david@dandm.com and complaints to karen@dandm.com. :) Michael Kennel, D&M




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