St. George XXX Anniversary Malt, 46%
Price: $400 ● Issue: Spring 2013 ● Reviewer: Lew Bryson
Some of the oldest American malt whiskey joins this 30th anniversary mingling, finished in a pear eau de vie barrel, a nod to the distillery's origins. The nose is elegant, deep, and clearly touched by the pear and oak. There's creaminess in the mouth, a perfect weight, rich nutty sweetness balanced by wood; it all slides into a warming finish, and pear is all around. A bit too much pear, actually; though I love pears, that's my one complaint.