Jenna’s up with a peated number from England - gasps! It seems the St. George’s Distillery name [blog] lives on in part, despite George’s cross having been removed from all subsequent official labels. Aside from the completely incidental yet unfortunate far-right/Brexit connotations, court cases in the US ensue over the name. Thankfully the distillery were happy for Cadenhead’s to bottle this as a disclosed English Whisky Company malt, therefore.
N: Mark says there isn’t that 'Islay-ness’ here, but I pick up a Laphroaig/Port Ellen-likeness, even if they are my simple associations. Either way, it’s a lovely nose on a fruity/farmy/smoky/peatiness whilst BBR’s Dan calls “maple smoke”.
T: The arrival suggests something rather quirky, but I’d require a bigger sample to examine it properly. There are also herbal medicinal touches, but my palate focuses mainly on the smoke and a little nutty, husky dry fruitiness.
F: There’s all sorts actually. Pleasingly, the barley is never buried.
C: Absolutely nothing wrong here. Whilst I love that previous Glenturret for many reasons, this has no flaws.
Scores a B