Overall rating
77.57/100
votes
37
Whiskybase ID
WB87334
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060199681263
Added on
28 sep 2016 4:26 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 46.51

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Whisky reviews for The English Whisky Original

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 77.57 points.

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Easy drinking. Young whisky, could have come from Speyside. Overall, a little uninspired, almost boring.
    • Nose
      Very fruity nose. Classic Speyside, pear, light ripe fruit, some malt and a portion of wood, a little rustic musty.
    • Taste
      Some fruit syrup in the mouth, lemonade, tart wood.
    • Finish
      The finish shows malt, oak, orange lemonade, slightly nutty.

  2. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    It is on the sweet side, with dairy and chocolate featuring throughout, but they have not compromised in terms of complexity, as I found easily enough going on to keep me interested.

    The nose has some apparent youth, but it is sandwiched between complementary and enticing aromas which mitigate it and the palate is developed enough so that it does not appear again.

    It reminded me a little of some of the better Fettercairns I've had, with the liberal presence of milk chocolate, but here the addition of ripe melon and almost root beer, mean that the personality is still individual enough for it to occupy its own space.

    Being super easy to drink, while maintaining a level of depth is always a good thing.

    Apart from the sweetness, it does also provide contrast in the mid and late palate, with bitter but candied citrus peel and bright ginger, that starts sweet but gains intensity and other baking spices as it moves into the tail.

    The finish is not super complex, but fulfils the promise of the nose and palate and leaves a satisfying and rich memory, with a hint of salinity that lingers along with the sweet, creamy nuttiness of praline.

    I'm sure this bottle is very effective in winning hearts and minds from people who approach the brand with little to no experience.

    For me, I could have done with just a bit more in the palate, but I enjoyed all of what was there.
    • Nose
      Gooseberry, white chocolate, light yellow grist, orange ice pops, sarsaparilla, new car smell
    • Taste
      Milk chocolate, carnation milk, melon, candied grapefruit peel, crystallised ginger
    • Finish
      Cinnamon, muted oak, nutmeg, salted praline

  3. notesofmalt scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The English Whisky Original, 43% alc. Original bottling, St. George's Distillery. Ageing: Bourbon casks

    Nose: Restrained and mild. Light vanilla next to a hay meadow, very delicate pear aromas as well as almonds and some nutmeg. I smell some coconut milk with a mint leaf, also green pepper.

    Palate: Again quite mild impression. The vanilla is more pronounced and the sweetness increases. Malt and lime, pear, slivers of almonds and something reminiscent of plaster dust.

    Finish: Short, continues like on the palate. Light marzipan, citrus fruits and very delicate oak wood.

    Conclusion: Surprisingly easy to drink, which I don't mean negatively when it comes to young whisky without an indication of age. A nice introduction to the world of English whisky. 81/100 points (2022)

    www.notesofmalt.com

  4. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    A very humble, everyday whisky.
    • Nose
      Caramel, Duchess lollipops and malt notes.
    • Taste
      Malty, simple, slightly caramel, with oak bitterness.
    • Finish
      Short, sweet-caramel, bready, slightly peppery and slightly oaky.

  5. man2392 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Nose: very expressive- chalky, white pepper, Liquorice DibDabs, mint
    Palate: medicinal, Fisherman's Friend
    Finish: almost fizzy with apple

    With Water

    Nose: icing sugar and yeast
    Palate: pear drops
    Finish: fizzy sour sweets

  6. Coldorak scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Review from my blog: https://bit.ly/2YIgLnC
    Colour: Pale straw. A swirl gives fat heads and fat slow legs.
    Comments:
    I tried this whisky a few months ago, from an older miniature, and I wasn’t impressed at that time. However, I must admit I’m liking it way much now. As I had some left from my previous Original miniature, I compared them, and the older one was pricklier on the nose and still very citrusy. The palate of the older one was thinner and sourer, less enjoyable. Batches differences are well known, and I hope new batches are more like the one I've just tasted. I do like this entry-level expression.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The nose opens on citrus: squeezed lemon juice and orange, lots of fruits in fact (ripe bananas, green apple), not just from the citrus family. Malt notes are also present, dried hops, and a good vanilla whiff.
    • Taste
      78 78
      The arrival is very sweet and a bit thin. After a moment, some spices (a touch of ginger) come along, then almonds, citrus and some kind of chalky texture.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Citrus and almonds with a warmth in the throat, medium in length.

  7. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N- A 43% NCF. Ale nuance on the top notes, certainly young with coconut, also tropical fruit and mineral. Clean and fresh, ginger and peppery comes thru with hints of sweet smokes that brought to tobacco, crushed tangy young berries, nutmeg and almonds. Pretty complex with depth for a young chap, and it does get better overtimes. (87/21)

    P- Vanilla custard, sweet and creamy but not cloying. Nicely sweet with obvious but fine young malt, arrays of tropical fruits, ginger candy, nutmeg syrup and oak spicy coat. Peppery and liquorice lurking for quite a bit of oak influence come thru that seems balanced well with the youth. (86/20)

    F- Medium long, oak honey, coconut, chewy and dry that always inviting for next sips. Adequate, pleasant and this is better than most of the Scottish NAS. (86/20)

    B/B- 87/21

    Weighted Rate- 82pt

    Cr-2, Fr-2 Fl-2, Pt-0, Ft-2, Sp-1, Wd-3, Wn-3, Sc-2
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- A 43% NCF. Ale nuance on the top notes, certainly young with coconut, also tropical fruit and mineral. Clean and fresh, ginger and peppery comes thru with hints of sweet smokes that brought to tobacco, crushed tangy young berries, nutmeg and almonds. Pretty complex with depth for a young chap, and it does get better overtimes. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Vanilla custard, sweet and creamy but not cloying. Nicely sweet with obvious but fine young malt, arrays of tropical fruits, ginger candy, nutmeg syrup and oak spicy coat. Peppery and liquorice lurking for quite a bit of oak influence come thru that seems balanced well with the youth. (86/20)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, oak honey, coconut, chewy and dry that always inviting for next sips. Adequate, pleasant and this is better than most of the Scottish NAS. (86/20)

      B/B- 87/21

      Weighted Rate- 82pt

      Cr-2, Fr-2 Fl-2, Pt-0, Ft-2, Sp-1, Wd-3, Wn-3, Sc-2
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  8. Calmar scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A simple and uncomplicated malt, at the level of the initial basic releases, there are no special complaints either, some development is present in the direction of sweetness and vanilla.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, fresh boards, grass, tablets in the shell, grain, crushed apples, stone chips.
    • Taste
      Dense, soft, grain, oak, cardboard, vanilla, light pepper wave, moonshine, lemon peel.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, oak, grain, vanilla, lemon peel, sweet confectionery.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/on-location-the-english-whisky-company/

    According to David Fitt [Chief distiller], chill-filtration wasn’t an issue bottling at 43%, but at 46% they would have been pushed. That totally validates the EWC’s commitment to the whisky itself.

    N: Again like the new make spirit, you can smell the pears that were omitted from the wash. Most reminiscent of the young yet decent Mackmyra Bruks though this is a little wine-y.
    T: Nicely sweet with chilli toffee, allium spices, cinnamon>cloves and sweet doughy putty. Soft warming crescendo.
    F: A semblance of a waxy mouthfeel with more allium heat prickles, putty=flour and a milky/creamy finish.
    C: Decent enough and working just fine at 43%.Scores a C-

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