The rising popularity of malted whiskies, especially single malt barley spirits, is evidenced in the growing number of distilleries and labels that have been cropping up over the past few years. Several mothballed distilleries in Scotland have reopened for a total of five new distilleries since 2005, with as many as another half a dozen planned. Japan, actually a long time producer, continues to please whisky fanatics. India, South Africa and other newcomers are eager to cash in on the single malt craze. The latest newcomer is actually one with a long history of whisky production: England.
England recently released her first single malt whisky in over 100 years. Produced at the St George’s distillery, the whisky is the culmination of a 45 year dream of James Nelstrop, the son of a barley farmer, who apparently believes that English barley should not be destined solely for Scottish whisky production. This year’s run is expected to be around 2,500 bottles. Expect most of that to be snapped up by collectors. There is hope, however, as St George’s expects to boost production to 45,000 bottles in 2010.
At roughly $60 a bottle this is a moderately priced whisky, and I, for one, look forward to it reaching the U.S. market.
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