St. George "Baller" Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)
Regular price $249.98
94 points The Whisky Wash
The St. George Baller Single Malt Whiskey, according to those behind it, is distilled from 100% American barley, making it an American single malt in style. After distillation in pot stills it is aged for three to four years in a combination of ex-bourbon and French oak wine casks before being filtered through maple charcoal. It is then finished in casks that once held umeshu (a Japanese style of stone fruit liqueur) made from Calfornia-grown ume fruit.
The Baller Whiskey is a light golden straw tone in the glass, a warm and buttery yellow.
Malty and grain-forward at first on the nose, the spirit opens quickly and with considerable intensity. Some funkiness and fruit expands into warm beer mash, old school cherry and cream sodas, root beer barrel candy, and charred fruit. The front end of the nosing experience smells just like a candy store burning down. After opening, salted pickled plums (umeboshi), brine, and char come together more coherently. The nose becomes driven by umami and beach campfire.
The first impression on the palate is summer BBQ realness, with warm malty beer and relish-covered potato chips. Hot soda and barbecue Lays come next. Dried seaweed, sweet rice crackers, and warm root beer transition the palate from sweet and salty to umami. Brine, pickle, smoke, sugar, and salt make for an incredibly complex flavor profile. A lingering, bread-y sweetness on the finish melds with light funkiness and smoke.
The Baller Whiskey may very possibly be the only whisk(e)y I’ve ever had that utilized the coveted “fifth taste” of umami. It hit every flavor of a good meal, in a Wonka-esque Three Course Dinner Chewing Gum manner. Drinking and reviewing this whiskey was an absolute pleasure, and highly entertaining to boot.
The Baller Whiskey is exactly the kind of whisk(e)y that I love and that keeps me in love with whisk(e)y. While certainly not an everyday sort of whiskey, I can easily imagine The Baller Whiskey becoming a coveted collectible.