St George’s

Location and contact details

Location" Location: Harling Road, Roudham NR16 2QW
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0) 1953 717939
Web" Web: https://www.englishwhisky.co.uk/the-distillery/our-tours
Twitter" Twitter: The English WhiskyCo (@englishwhisky)

Facts and figures

LocationNorfolk
Founded2006
FounderJames and David Nelstrop
OwnerSt George's English Whisky Company

Opening Hours

Distillery & Shop

Mon - Sun
9am-5.30pm

Tours

10am-4pm
The Kitchen
9am-5pm

Tours

St Georges Tour

This is our most regular tour, we aim to run this tour every hour on the hour from 10am til 4pm. 7 days per week.

This tour includes coffee or tea whilst you wait for the tour to start. A guide will then take you onto the distilling floor and explain how whisky is made. You then move onto Warehouse 1 to see the whisky in casks, and to breathe in the amazing aroma caused by the Angels Share escaping before finally finishing with a taste of one or two of our wonderful malt whiskies.

1 hour
£10.00 per person / £4.00 under 18
Includes a £5 voucher to spend in the shop on any English Whisky over £30.00 Group charges:

£9.00 each for bookings of 10-25 people
£8.50 each for bookings of 25+ people
Groups of 10 or more need to pre book a tour to avoid disappointment

World Whisky Tour

This is our tasting tour, firstly you will do the St. George's tour.

We take you on a journey of discovery that lasts 2 hours and takes an in-depth look at the distillery and barrel warehouses. You will then have an hour of tasting whiskies from around the world including ours.

This whisky tour, one of the best in Britain and the UK comes highly recommended and is a great way to get under the skin of St. George's Distillery.

This very sought after tour normally runs on a Saturday or Sunday once a month.Please ring 01953 717939 or click the ‘Enquire about a tour’ button, submit your enquiry and we will contact you with available dates/times. These popular tours are pre-booked only and the limited places get taken up really quickly, so confirmation of your booking from us is essential.

2 hour
£30.00 per person
Includes a £5 voucher to spend in the shop on any English Whisky over £30.00

Distillers Tour

This is our English Whisky tasting tour, firstly you will do the St George’s tour.

This very sought after tour normally runs on a Sunday once a month at 3pm.

We take you on a journey of discovery that lasts 2 hours and takes an in-depth look at the distillery and barrel warehouses. You will then have an hour in a private room with one of our team, tasting the various whiskies produced at St Georges Distillery.

This whisky tour is our favourite and the best way to explore the range and depth of whiskies from St Georges’. This tour can be run at other times Monday-Friday, but requires a booking of minimum 8 people.

This very sought after tour normally runs on a Sunday once a month. Please ring 01953 717939 or click the ‘Enquire about a tour’ button, submit your enquiry and we will contact you with available dates/times. These popular tours are pre-book only and the limited places get taken up really quickly, so confirmation of your booking from us is essential.

2 hour
£30.00 per person
Includes a £5 voucher to spend in the shop on any English Whisky over £30.00

Reviews

St George's Tour (15:00 on 16/12/2018)

This was my second tour of this distillery as I visited a couple of years ago; incidentally the first visit was also in December. I rang the distillery a few days in advance of my visit to book a place; hwoever, upon arrival there was no record of my booking. Fortunately, there was space on the tour.

This time around I was on the 1500 tour and was actually the only person on the tour. Thie allowed Mark, the tour guide, to tailor the tour a little and cover areas perhaps not covered on the normal tour. Prior to the tour you're directed to a waiting area where there is free tea and coffee.

The tour was very in depth and started with a discussion of the history of the family behind the distillery and their involvement in supplying barley to the Scotch whisky industry going back a couple of centuries. He then moved onto the founding of the distilery; we then went on to tour the distillery itself seeing all parts of the process from milling, mashing, fermentation to distilling and then to one of the warehouses.

At the end of the tour, you get to sample two of their malts; the basic unaged and unaged peated whiskies. After sampling these we moved into back to the shop area where I got to sample three more whiskies and their three single grain whiskies (made with multiple grains and not just the wheat of which you normally hear).

At the end of the tour, I said to Mark that the tour was probably in the top 2-3, but on reflection, I'd say this was actually the best tour I've been on.

History

Initially the distillery was planned as a microbrewery, an experiment in turning excess barley into whisky. St. George's Distillery now produces in excess of 1,500 litres of alcohol a year. Marks and Spencer began selling own-label English whisky in October 2013 which is distilled at St George's.

The founder of the distillery, James Nelstrop, described manufacturing whisky in Norfolk as a dream forty-five years in culmination. His son, Andrew Nelstrop, was the main contractor in the building's construction. The barley now used by the distillery is sourced in Norfolk and historically would have been exported to Scotland's whisky makers.

The premises were officially opened by Prince Charles in March 2007. In 2010 there was a fire at the distillery, which reportedly was only minutes from burning down stock reserves. Nobody was injured and production returned to normal soon after.

Information correct as of 21/07/2018
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article St George's Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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