Breaking & Entering is a new bourbon from the folks at St. George Spirits. While St. George makes all of their own distillates, whiskeys, vodka, gins, etc. – Breaking & Entering is the distilleries foray into the sourcing and blending model. It’s something we’ve seen from companies like High West in Utah, and Compass Box in the UK.
For B&E Bourbon, St. George hand selected and procured 80 barrels of 5-7 year old Kentucky Bourbon from some of the big distilleries in the Bluegrass State. They brought it all back to their Alameda, CA Hanger (and I mean an actual hangar on a former Naval Base right on the San Francisco Bay) and tweaked the blend until they had something unique and quite different from other bourbons on the market.
As an aside: St. George is doing some incredible things, and are one of the more exciting distilleries in this country. Be sure to keep an eye on these guys.
Breaking and Entering Bourbon, $33.00, 43% abv/86 Proof
Color: Deep Golden
Nose: Vanilla infused banana cream, flint, dried golden fruits, nutty, well integrated oak. A tang of sour corn mash.
Palate: Balanced and not overly sweet. Honey and toffee on the entry, white pepper, a healthy dose of wood spices, slightly bitter burned caramel, and tea. Core of fruitiness as well throughout the sip.
Finish: Lively and bright. A good prickle on the tongue as well. Here is where the corn arrives, along with a hint of honey and orange peel.
Overall: Very well made, nice complexity and diverse flavors. This is clearly bourbon, but the flavors are presented in a different way than what you may be used to. For those that feel bourbon can be a tad too sweet for them, B&E is a great middle ground sweetness. Superb stuff.
Sour Mash Manifesto Rating: 8.9 (Superb/Outstanding)