Virginia Distillery Company Cider Barrel Matured Virginia Highland Malt Whisky
This is the newest series in our line-up of whiskies and joins our flagship port finished Virginia Distillery Company Cider highland malt whisky. With each release of the commonwealth collection, we’ll work with a local Virginia partner such as a winery, cidery, or even a brewery, to showcase different styles of finishes.
Our first release features Virginia highland malt cask-finished in potter’s craft cider barrels. Notes of vanilla, apple, and pear are evident on the nose, as well as a slight hint of caramel.
VHW Cider Cask Finished Whisky, made from 100% malted barley, showcases the traditions of whisky-making around the world and the influence of our home in the New World. Marrying our American Single Malt whisky made in Virginia with aged Scotch malt whisky, yielding a distinguished and complex spirit.
With each new release of VHW Cider Cask Finished Whisky, we work with a local Virginia cidery, including Potter’s Craft Cider and Buskey Cider. The whisky finishes in these cider casks for an additional 8 to 20 months.
Virginia Distillery Company Cider Barrel Matured Virginia Highland Malt Whisky is the first in a new lineup dubbed the Commonwealth Collection, each of which showcases a partnership with another Virginia producer.
Here, used Potter’s Craft Cider barrels finish the whiskey, a blend of Scottish Highland malt whisky and Virginia-made whiskey from a malt mash. Offered annually in limited availability at the distillery, and elsewhere in Virginia as well as Washington, D.C. The first batch released in October 2016.
Notes of vanilla, apple, and pear are evident on the nose, as well as a slight hint of caramel.
On the palate, some creaminess and sweetness from the malt, along with caramelized wood sugars from the oak, melds with a pleasant touch of acidity from the cider barrel.
A long and smooth finish opens up larger, offering a range of sherry-influenced citrus, zest, and spice, all laced with baked apples.