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tanstaafl2

Probably not one a lot of people are going to have had experience with but this was one I looked for when it first came out a couple of years ago. I even happened to be in the Bay area and went to St. George to try get one but could not convince them to sell me one. Then a week or so ago the local rep happended to mention he had gotten a few in. Sign me up! 

 

Lower proof at 47% but just unusual enough to still keep my interest, this 8 or so year old whiskey is an American sourced barley single malt from St George that is first aged in ex-bourbon and French oak. It then finishes out it time in casks seasoned with their own version of Japanese plum wine called umeshu (really a liqueur made with plums and not a true wine). Suffice it to say that the finish gives it a unique and rather delicate fruit character although I get more apricot than plum. but there is also some lovely briney malt and perhaps a wisp of smoke often present to me in some delicate Japanese malts. Quite complex and pleasant indeed. 

 

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Naturally enough the label celebrates a fusion of the namesake distillery and its unique finish. I presume the name comes from the Japanese tradition of drinking whisky as a highball cocktail. In some fancy bars in Tokyo the preparation of a highball is almost as elaborate as a tea ceremony apparently. 

 

I guess I am now officially a "baller"!

 

Although I think I will continue to drink this whisky neat and not in a highball.  

 

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kevinbrink
2 hours ago, tanstaafl2 said:

Probably not one a lot of people are going to have had experience with but this was one I looked for when it first came out a couple of years ago. I even happened to be in the Bay area and went to St. George to try get one but could not convince them to sell me one. Then a week or so ago the local rep happended to mention he had gotten a few in. Sign me up! 

 

Lower proof at 47% but just unusual enough to still keep my interest, this 8 or so year old whiskey is an American sourced barley single malt from St George that is first aged in ex-bourbon and French oak. It then finishes out it time in casks seasoned with their own version of Japanese plum wine called umeshu (really a liqueur made with plums and not a true wine). Suffice it to say that the finish gives it a unique and rather delicate fruit character although I get more apricot than plum. but there is also some lovely briney malt and perhaps a wisp of smoke often present to me in some delicate Japanese malts. Quite complex and pleasant indeed. 

 

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Naturally enough the label celebrates a fusion of the namesake distillery and its unique finish. I presume the name comes from the Japanese tradition of drinking whisky as a highball cocktail. In some fancy bars in Tokyo the preparation of a highball is almost as elaborate as a tea ceremony apparently. 

 

I guess I am now officially a "baller"!

 

Although I think I will continue to drink this whisky neat and not in a highball.  

 

I'm with you this one is quite unique and quite good, it is however (shockingly based on taste) 3 years old not 8 (I thought the same thing, but the font is just kind of hard to read and that there is in fact a 3) http://stgeorgespirits.com/spirits/baller-whiskey/ 

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kevinbrink

Just re-affirming my agreement:

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tanstaafl2

Thanks for the info. I had the impression that after the 3-4 years of initial aging it got several years of finishing in the umeshu seasoned wood. But maybe the finish is only weeks or months. I will ask around and see what I can find out.

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tanstaafl2

So, I managed to simply space out completely on the obvious "Aged 3 years" age statement on the back. I didn't think that was an 8 but simply missed it altogether!

 

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Oh well, still a very interesting and enjoyable whisky!

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kevinbrink
34 minutes ago, tanstaafl2 said:

So, I managed to simply space out completely on the obvious "Aged 3 years" age statement on the back. I didn't think that was an 8 but simply missed it altogether!

 

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Oh well, still a very interesting and enjoyable whisky!

I honestly thought it was an 8 until someone looked at the bottle and told me I needed glasses!

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smokinjoe

Yeah, you have to look close to see the 3 on that one.  Sure looked like an 8 to my poor eyes.  

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Kpiz

I'm impressed you were able to get your hands on one of these. I have yet to try this even though the distillery is about 10 miles away because it sells out almost immediately when it drops every year. I'll have to be quicker on the trigger.

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2 hours ago, Kpiz said:

I'm impressed you were able to get your hands on one of these. I have yet to try this even though the distillery is about 10 miles away because it sells out almost immediately when it drops every year. I'll have to be quicker on the trigger.

It's fairly available here at the moment, not to rub it in, I'm guessing the proximity to the source doesn't help on the availability. I like it enough that I'll probably pickup another bottle at some point.

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Marekv8

In honor of the upcoming Cask Thief event this weekend…

 

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2 hours ago, Marekv8 said:

In honor of the upcoming Cask Thief event this weekend…

 

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Sorry, posted in wrong thread-- it was early.

 

 

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tanstaafl2

Contacted St. George who indicated that production of Baller whiskey was ongoing. What was released recently outside of California is not necessarily (most likely isn't) from the same batch originally released in California in 2016. It is currently about 2.5 years in ex-bourbon/French oak and then finished for 6 months in the house made umeshu seasoned barrels for a total of at least 3 years of aging.

 

Never tried nor even saw a bottle of the original release and no idea if it was in any way different.

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