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Serenity From Madness

St George Spirits – Baller

89.28 / 100

Fresh & Floral Flavours

Visual: 4.17 /5  •  Aroma: 22.34 /25  •  Taste: 36.76 /40   •  Finish: 26.04 /30

Dram Code: E81

Producer: St George Spirits

Bottler: St George Spirits

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask: Ex-Bourbon & French Oak With Ex-Umeshu Cask Finish

Age: 3

Country: America

Region: Other

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

ABV: 47%

Cask Strength: No

Release: Standard Release

Price: $139.04 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E81

Producer: St George Spirits

Bottler: St George Spirits

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon & French Oak With Ex-Umeshu Cask Finish

Age: 3

Country: America

Region: Other

ABV: 47%

Cask Strength: No

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

Release: Standard Release

Price: $139.04 (at time of review)

About This Single Malt Whisky

Why This Bottle?

Following on from the very… different pair of whiskies two weeks ago – we have another weird and wonderful dram for everyone to discover. St George Spirits in Alameda California has been operating since 1982, and they make American style and single malt whiskies.

However, they also make pretty much every other kind of spirit you could name. Brandy? Yup! Green Chili Vodka? Yup. Absynthe? Yup. Shochu? So they definitely have a creative streak, which is on full display with Baller. It’s a single malt whisky but uses some brewing malt in the mash bill. Believe it or not they actually maple charcoal filter it, in the Tennessee tradition. Then, potentially the strangest part of the process, it’s finished in casks that previously contained their house made umeshu, a Japanese style plum wine. What a wild process!

 

 

The Unbottling

 

 

Strath Panel Tasting Notes

On the nose, it’s strikingly reminiscent of Glenmorangie Nectar D’or. Slightly sweet and syrupy with apricots and digestive biscuits.

On the palate, it has some kind of a mysterious organic powdery note – not quite floral, not quite vegetal, not quite fruity, but somewhere in between. There are also some rarer tropical notes such as starfruit and feijoa with a dusty white pepper finish.

By Adam Bradshaw on June 19, 2022

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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How We Review Whiskies

Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

The nickname is usually given by the writer of the initial review and tasting notes. It is based on their tasting notes and used to refer to the whisky to keep its true identity hidden for those who enjoy blind tasting.