Distillery: St. George’s
Distilled: this is a No Age Statement single malt
Additional: made from 100% Norfolk local product
St George’s Fine Single Malt M&S Exclusive – review
Colour: a wheat harvest
On the nose: pine cones and crushed hazelnuts stand out with almonds and lemon cake. Time and a dash of water opens this dram up greatly, with peaches, apple crumble, bread dough and olive oil all bursting forward. There’s even a touch of basil going on in the glass.
In the mouth: not as rich as the nose with a creamy, slightly smoky presence with ripe peaches and ground coffee.
This is a solid if unspectacular single malt which tastes young and probably is a little on the juvenile side of things. My initial summary of this dram was one of disappointment. Yet returning again several times during February my opinion softened; much like the malt itself. The open bottle effect was certainly noticeable here as the whisky relaxed. Extra dimensions opened up and it grew in my estimation, but still remains far from spectacular. Truth be told, there are blends out there that offer more of an experience for a lower asking price.