You are probably wondering what on earth does St George, whisky and Shakespeare have in common? Well, April 23rd is St George’s Day, the patron saint of England and it also happens to be William Shakespeare’s birthday and, somewhat sadly for him, the date of his death!
“So, where does the whisky come in?” I hear you saying. Well, probably much to the disdain of the Scots and the Irish, the long time best buddies of the English, there is a whisky distillery in England called (surprisingly) called The English Whisky Co and they distill their brew at….St George’s Distillery in Norfolk, England. Ta da – tenuous connection revealed!
They produce a nice range of whiskies from classic single malts to peated whiskies to whiskies matured in rum casks. They started distilling in 2006 and have produced over 3000 casks since then. You can visit the distillery to shop, join one of the tours or partake of the goodies in their cafe. You can look at what they offer at www.englishwhisky.co.uk.
Their latest release is called Chapter 10 and it is an “incredibly special and rare whisky that started its life maturing in an oloroso cask. The end result is an incredible rich and dry single malt whisky” Doesn’t this sound like it is something that needs trying out? If anybody has tasted this one why don’t you let us know what you liked about it?
So, back to the tenuous connection. Surely St George needed some liquid courage to go and slay the virgin stealing dragon? Why not some good English whiskey? And, as for William Shakespeare – he was well known to have a fondness for booze. How else could he have come up with some of the ribald scenes in his comedies??
Happy St George’s Day, cheers and bottoms up!!
Now that you know what St George, whisky and Shakespeare have in common what do you think??