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Review: St. George’s Chapter 11 (cask strength)

September 14th, 2011

St. George’s Chapter 11 (cask strength), 59.7%, £65

St. George’s hits pay dirt! The competition is fierce for young, big, oily, heavily peated whiskies: Kilchoman, Connemara Turf Mor, BenRiach Birnie Moss. This, though, is good enough to mix it in that sort of company. The peat growls like a Harley-Davidson, punches pepper and peat throughout, but best of all, it flicks licorice and hickory kisses just like a real life Laphroaig. Chapter 11 isn’t quite in that league yet…but it’s certainly moving in the right direction. —Dominic Roskrow

(Currently not available in the U.S.)

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 87

16 Responses to “Review: St. George’s Chapter 11 (cask strength)”

  1. Gal says:

    I’ve sampled both CS and regular Chap 11 (here : http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2011/07/27/tasting-the-english-whisky-co-chapter-11-heavily-peated/) .
    and it’s wonderful.

    great notes there John.

  2. sku says:

    If they ever do release it in the US, I’d recommend a name change. Chapter 11 is not something most people want to be reminded of while enjoying a whisky these days.

  3. Bob Siddoway says:

    Does anyone know if there are plans to release this in the US eventually? It sounds quite delicious…

  4. Mary says:

    Gorgeous packaging on this whisky. I was immediately struck with the elegance of the bottle/label & that perfect red. I’ve never tried it but the tasting notes sound like a whisky I and other peat heads would like.

    I actually think the name “Chapter 11″ might get some people to buy it….it’s unusual!

    • lawschooldrunk says:

      looks like a signatory vintage style cork/closure system.

      And the lip of the bottle is great for pouring, like out of a balvenie bottle.

  5. anorak77 says:

    This review, as well as the last one, are “not available in the U.S.”

    With so many whiskies that are available here, why tease us with all the ones we cannot have?

    • John Hansell says:

      This blog has an international audience. So does Malt Advocate magazine. That’s why.

      • Morgan Steele says:

        I’ll add that my state allows me to purchase alcohol online. So, it’s easy for me to get what I want from abroad when it’s not available in the states. (Red, sorry for you and others with puritanical liquor laws.)

  6. Ben says:

    I agree with sku’s comment above. Given the name’s connotation in American law, I’m not sure I’d want to drink something called “Chapter 11.” Although I suppose it would go down more easily than “Chapter 7.” (And no jokes about “liquidation,” please!)

  7. anorak77 says:

    What on earth is a “hickory kiss” ? How pretentious!

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