Saint George's Day, celebrated on April 23rd, is a day steeped in English tradition and folklore, commemorating the patron saint of England. It's a time when communities come together to honour the country's heritage and resilience. Amidst the festivities, there's a growing trend of raising a glass of English whisky to toast the day. This symbolic gesture not only pays homage to England's rich history but also celebrates its modern innovations in distillation.

As friends and families gather, the amber hues of English whisky reflect the warmth of camaraderie, while its nuanced flavours evoke the depth of tradition. Whether savoured neat, on the rocks, or in a classic cocktail, English whisky adds a touch of sophistication to the St. George's Day celebrations, embodying the spirit of resilience, pride, and unity.

There is a ever growing list of English  distillery's carving their way into hearts and glasses of the world. With continued pushes by this blossoming distillery to bring new whisky experiences to even the most seasoned connoisseurs. 


English Whisky Company - St George's Distillery

The English Distillery was the first English distillery opened in over 100 years when James Nelstrop submitted plans and planning in 2005 for the start of a new English whisky revolution. The Distillery was officially opened in summer 2007 by HRH King Charles III. The distillery was formerly named the St. Georges distillery. 

Until 2016 the company released whisky batches under the name of chapters each varying in age, finish and style. After dropping he chapters branding all whiskys were branded "The English". 


Spirit Of Yorkshire Distillery - Filey Bay 


Spirit of Yorkshire distillery is fast establishing itself in the English and world whisky markets with its Filey Bay Range. In 2011, over a pint Tom and Dave discussed next steps for their farm and established beer distillery, landing on producing whisky.  With help from whisky expert Dr Jim Swan and year of careful planning, the first Filey Bay whisky was lay to cask in 2016 and released as the First release in 2019.   

Ever expanding their range and a annual special release to celebrate Yorkshire day in August, the distillery has gone from strength to strength collecting spirit masters awards over a couple of years. 


The Lakes Distillery 

Lakes distillery taking its name from the lake district where the distillery is located was founded in 2014 with their first release coming in 2017. Paul Currie was the man that founded this distillery looking to open a distillery in a unique area for whisky to originate settling along the banks of the river Derwent. A good few of lakes whisky's are finished in a type of sherry cask to give unique fruity finishes. 


These are 3 wonderful distilleries  that would well be worth a dram to celebrate St. Georges day this year. But there are around 45 active distillery's in England alone all honing their craft and bringing new whisky experiences in the evolving market of world whisky's. On top of all the wonderful whisky's a lot of these distilleries are producing some fantastic gins.  


Check out our full range of English whisky's here

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