Overall rating
78.38/100
votes
43
Whiskybase ID
WB87335
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060199681287
Added on
28 sep 2016 4:26 pm by holborndrinker
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 46.80

3 × in wishlist

43 × member ratings

79 × in collection

Whisky reviews for The English Whisky Smokey

13 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 78.38 points.

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nice peat, the 43% slow down unnecessarily.
    Otherwise, I like it.
    • Nose
      cool nose Very direct peat. Citrus smoke, almost maritime. Already fruity. I like it and would really be in good hands in the west by the sea.
    • Taste
      In the mouth a touch too tart and a touch too herbal. The lemonade is coming again. The freshness of the nose is lost.
    • Finish
      In the finish peat, smoke. lemonade, oak.

  2. just 2thetop scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    This is okay but admittedly a disappointment after the IB versions from BlackAdder and Cadenheads. Okay here the ABV is at 43% but the difference is the pollutant coloring that leaves a sacharhin sweetness that I did not pick up on the IBs. That is a shame and it spoils the otherwise great and unique profile of the smokey English. So if anyone connected to St. Georges is out there is reading this ........

    The individual austere peat smoke is what makes this one special for me - think wet and smouldering woodland tree branches, ferns etc. I hear that they had some good initial advice from the Laphroaig people on the processes for smoking the barley.

  3. notesofmalt scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    The English Smokey, 43% alc. Original bottling, St. George's Distillery. Extension: no information

    Nose: Vegetable and lots of peat smoke. Moss and foliage, citrus fruits and vanilla as well as a mixture of liquorice, aniseed and mustard. I also find some pinewood, thyme and green tea. The smoke is very cool, as if a little menthol resonates.

    Palate: First watery, then sourly sparkling, as if carbonic acid is involved. Peated soda water meets burnt caramel, some chocolate and grapefruit. In addition ash and pine wood, some thyme.

    Finish: Rather short, the emphasis is on the peat smoke, plus some pepper and ginger tea.

    Conclusion: The nose is wonderful, but I don't like the tangy mouthfeel at all. You should be able to get rid of that with significantly more barrel influence. It has potential, but this version is a bit unbalanced. 78/100 points (2022)

    www.notesofmalt.com

  4. Squinugie scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      73 73

  5. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Delicious and outstanding smoky whisky. It is uncomplicated, but it has its own characteristic features that will not let it get lost among a large mass of simple smoky whiskys without age indication.
    • Nose
      Light smoke, spices, broken apples, slightly rotten berries. Cool!
    • Taste
      Medium smoked, peppery, with a touch of overripe plum.
    • Finish
      Long enough, repeating the flavor palette, with dry tannins at the end.

  6. spawnkam scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      60 60
      Intense.
      Smoky (sea salt) and peated.
    • Taste
      71 71
      Complex. Sweet, salty, oily
      Fresh fruits, apple.
      Honey.
      Peat, sea salt.
      Woody, pepper.
      Chocolate.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Strong finish. Smoky and peated.

  7. Coldorak scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Review from my blog: https://bit.ly/2YIgLnC
    Colour: Russet muscat.
    Comment:
    The nose is a bit too simple and overpowered by the smoke, but the palate is a bit more complex. The ashy smoky notes are completely in front on the palate, but there is more space for other flavours to be found. Feels about as young as the Original but quite enjoyable.
    • Nose
      81 81
      The nose is immediately smoky, unsurprisingly. The signature citrus notes are still there but a bit behind the smoke. Cinnamon and vanilla do peek through that after a moment. It feels more than 43% on the nose.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The arrival is sweet and thin then quickly becomes smoky, ashy and a bit peppery. Dark chocolate, aniseed and caramel syrup. Citrus is still there with a bit of grapefruit.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The finish is peppery and smoky, the smoke and ashy notes staying quite long on the tongue.

  8. Osheascurve scored this whisky 76 points Newbie

    Fruity nose accompanied buy a smooth smokey taste, but the sharp finish felt a little inconsistant.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Slighty fruity
    • Taste
      82 82
      Smooth and smokey
    • Finish
      68 68
      Little sharper than i expected

  9. InbhirNis scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    From a mini. I was pleasantly surprised by this - it's significantly better than the Original expression, in my book. Loses one point for a very young and rather chemical initial nose, but this quickly fades to leave a solid if mediocre peaty dram.

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    N- Also a 43% NCF. 3rd brewed ginseng tea, so this is rather herb-y and grassy. Soft dusting floral with whisps of vanilla. spices candy and pounded pepper, some solvent in the mix but stale and moldy. Not as charm as the sibling Original. (82/17)

    P- Tropical fruit and coconut with sweet heather honey, salty tang, soot, more boiled herbs but thin and faded, lack identity. (84/18)

    F- Medium, more smokes arrived with subtle salt. Bottled at decent strength but the peat are feeling lonely in this one. Thin distillate. (83/18)

    B/B- 82/17

    Weighted Rate- 70pt

    Cr-1, Fr-1 Fl-2, Pt-2, Ft-2, Sp-0, Wd-1, Wn-1, Sc-1
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Also a 43% NCF. 3rd brewed ginseng tea, so this is rather herb-y and grassy. Soft dusting floral with whisps of vanilla. spices candy and pounded pepper, some solvent in the mix but stale and moldy. Not as charm as the sibling Original. (82/17)
    • Taste
      P- Tropical fruit and coconut with sweet heather honey, salty tang, soot, more boiled herbs but thin and faded, lack identity. (84/18)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, more smokes arrived with subtle salt. Bottled at decent strength but the peat are feeling lonely in this one. Thin distillate. (83/18)

      B/B- 82/17

      Weighted Rate- 70pt

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

  11. Calmar scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Light peat whisky, a simple, rather poor palette of derivatives, lack of density, but otherwise a good middle peasant, there is a development towards sweets and coniferous notes
    • Nose
      Restrained, dry, soft smoky peat notes, boards, grassy shades, lemon peel,
    • Taste
      Soft, slightly slender, grain, oak, light smoky peat tones, a little pepper, a few bandages, sweet caramel notes.
    • Finish
      Spicy, rather refreshing, tart, slightly astringent oak, peat, cardboard, charred branches, sweet syrup shades, needles, cola.

  12. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      70 70

  13. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    It's ok. Basic, and for those who like a more vegetal peat and fresh dram. 
    • Nose
      Vegetal peat, damp leaves, smoke, sea spray. Fresh and bright. 
    • Taste
      Oily. Vegetal peat, spice, brine, with mild honey undertone. More briny and oily and fresh than sweet. 
    • Finish
      Oily, fresh, and vegetal finish. The flavours fall away relatively quickly leaving a spiciness on the medium-long finish.

  14. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

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

    EWC's peated grain order measures 55 ppm with around 35ppm surviving once bottled.

    N: Savoury creamy peat with a rasher of bacon.
    T: Allium & vegetal smokiness with liquorice wood and only a mere surgical hint.
    F: A short-medium length finish though without much action, save for another half rasher.
    C: Fair.Scores a D[+]

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