English WhiskyA century ago England's distilleries closed their doors due to fierce competition from their northern neighbours and a spike in the popularity of gin. In 2006, two farmers, James Nelstrop and son Andrew began experimenting with excess grain, turning it into new-make. At three years of age, the St.George distillery's 'Chapter 5' release became England's first Whisky in over one hundred years. New English whisky makers have followed suit. These operations typically start with gin as it requires no ageing and creates immediate cash flow. The whiskies follow 3-4 years later. Cotswolds, Adnams and The English Whisky Co. are just a few names to look out for in the burgeoning British whisky scene.