St. George Spirits Baller Single Malt Whiskey
St. George Spirits Baller calls their new release “a California take on the Japanese spin on Scotch whisky.” Baller Single Malt Whisky is distilled from a mash of malted and lightly roasted American barley, in the same pot stills used for their brandy. The majority of its 3 to 4 year maturation is spent in ex-bourbon and French wine casks, before finishing in casks that held distillery’s own version of umeshu (a Japanese plum liqueur). Its release date is set for April 2016, in limited quantities and only for the California market.
A St. George Spirits Baller three-year-old Californian single malt whiskey from St George Spirits, inspired by Japanese and Scotch whiskies. This whiskey is matured in a combination of ex-bourbon casks and French oak ex-wine casks, and is filtered through maple charcoal before being finished in ex-umeshu casks. The palate is sweet and dry, with a delicate background of smoke and fruit.
St. George Spirits Baller Single Malt from St. George Spirits over in California has seen a wonderfully unique maturation. The whiskey is initially aged in used bourbon and French oak wine casks, and is filtered through maple charcoal. Following that, it’s finished in casks that which previously held house-made umeshu, a Japanese-style plum liqueur that the folks at St. George made entirely from California-grown ume fruit. Baller is named for its popular Japanese-style Highball drinks, hence the label artwork, so definitely give it a go in the eponymous serve.
Crisp and dry, with a touch of malt sweetness. The smoky finish lingers and builds with each sip. Try with whiskey highballs or in place of Scotch whisky in a Bobby Burns or Rob Ray.
Fresh citrus, with grapefruit peel and some white grape wine-y notes in there too, apple skin and dried mango.
Some damp oak and rich malty notes, supported by more mango, syrupy tropical fruit and sugared grapes.
Gala apples and boiled apple sweeties too.