If you thought whisky was the sole preserve of the Scots, think again. English-made versions like this exceptional single malt are making the case for new south-of-the-border blends
It might sound sacrilegious but there is fine whisky to be found outside of the Scottish heartland. And when it’s good, it’s really good – like this offering from St George’s Distillery in Norfolk. Produced by the Nelstrop family, this smooth, pale golden blend is made using bespoke copper stills and 100-per-cent locally sourced products, including natural water from the Nelstrop garden. Given its unusual provenance, it makes for an interesting gift for a whisky connoisseur. Purists should serve it neat over ice, but I plan to toast the arrival of winter by shaking 50ml over ice with 20ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 25ml of sugar syrup and a dash of egg white for a heavenly whisky sour.