The English Whisky Co has released the first 10-year-old whisky to come out of England for over a century as it joins forces with a new UK distributor.
A very limited number of bottles of the single malt, taken from one of the first batch of casks laid down at St George’s Distillery in Roudham in Norfolk, has been made available.
The English Whisky Co has also appointed leading supplier Amathus to look after the UK distribution of all its products going forward.
The 10-year-old whisky is a testament to the late James Nelstrop, the founder of the business who opened the distillery in 2006. Working alongside the original master distiller Iain Henderson, he created their first barrels of English whisky.
James’s son Andrew, owner and managing director of The English Whisky Co, said: “This is one of the ultra-rare casks from the Founder’s Private Cellar range and was chosen because it represents the quality of whiskies we expect in the future.
“The cask used for the 10-year-old is one of the earliest casks laid down at the distillery and is a wonderful example of the pioneering work my father and the distillery’s team have undertaken here.
“The 10-year-old is presented in a beautiful piano finished box and each bottle is numbered and comes with a numbered certificate.”
Phil Duffy, head of spirits for Amathus, added: “The release of The English Whisky Co’s 10-year-old English Single Malt is an important landmark in the development of modern distillation in England, and having tasted the range of whiskies they are producing we’re looking forward to exciting times ahead.
“The English Whisky Co is an incredible addition to the Amathus portfolio and we feel honoured to have them on board. With the increasing popularity of whisky, it is inevitable the collection will be equally well received by on-trade and off-trade customers.”
The release of the new single malt comes at the end of a successful year for The English Whisky Co. It has won numerous awards, including Gold and Silver in the San Francisco Spirits Competition, and three Liquid Golds in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible which named its single-grain whisky Parched as the best European single cask whisky.
In November, the company launched the distillery’s new £400,000 restaurant and coffee house The Kitchen.
“Releasing the 10-year-old certainly is a wonderful end to an exciting 2017,” Andrew added. “We have been overwhelmed by the reaction to our products. The awards are an extraordinary achievement for a non-mainstream whisky distillery.”