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Cigar Spirits: St. George Breaking & Entering Bourbon

25 Oct 2012

Bourbon often gets more costly (and usually also better) as you go from large production, to small batch bourbons, to single barrel expressions. Saint George Spirits—a small “artisan distiller” in Alameda, California, that’s been in operation for 30 years—took a different approach when it created its Breaking & Entering bourbon whiskey.

Dubbed a “super-bourbon,” B&E is the result of blending approximately 80 different barrels of bourbons from different sources all ranging from five to eight years in age. Through what they call “barrel thieving,” Saint George selects their favorite barrels from various Kentucky distilleries, then blends them together.

The result, according to their website, is “greater than the sum of [its] parts…a criminally delicious bourbon whiskey shaped by a Kentucky pedigree and California ingenuity.” At around $40 a bottle, I figured it was worth a try.

The first striking element of B&E is its deep bronze color. Even more notable is the nose: sweet fruit and lacking in spice, it has an almost cherry cola aspect to it.

When you finally get down to the business of tasting this “super-bourbon,” you find a chewy combination of corn, moonshine, fig, oak, toast, and caramel. It’s nicely balanced and very complex. The finish is bright and clean.

While it’s different from many other bourbons being made these days, it’s a winner in my book. Dink it neat and you’ll find a sweet, complex whiskey that goes down smooth.

It pairs very well with both the Honduran puro Camacho Corojo or the multi-country blend (super-cigar?) E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2010. But I think you’d be hard-pressed to find many good cigars that don’t go well with this versatile bourbon.

Patrick S

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4 Responses to “Cigar Spirits: St. George Breaking & Entering Bourbon”

  1. cigarphil Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    Patrick is this a one time blending? Otherwise I have no idea how they would match the first batch.

  2. Levi Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    I think I tried their Single Malt once (good not my favorite), but this sounds better. Like Phil, I wonder how much they made and if it is a onetime product.

  3. ScotchyDog Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    Sounds good to me, but I doubt it is carried in Virginia state-run liquor stores.

  4. Chris S Friday, October 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    I looked for this guy today at the liquor store to no avail. Hopefully when I get to the warehouse they'll have it.