Virginia Distillery Company Prelude Courage & Conviction American Single Malt 750ml
Just released, this Virginia Distillery Company Prelude edition sneak peek into the flagship release of courage & conviction, being introduced in April 2020, is made on-site in Virginia, using the influence of the hot summers and cool winters to produce a delicious whisky.
Virginia Distillery Company Prelude American single malt whisky, made from 100% malted barley and aged a minimum of three years in sherry, cuvée, and bourbon casks, married together for your enjoyment.
Using the highest quality malted barley and fresh spring water fed from the Blue Ridge Mountains, our spirit was developed to leverage Virginia’s climate, allowing the broad temperature shifts to add depth to our whisky. Hand-hammered copper pot stills crafted in Scotland are used to distill our spirit using time-honored techniques. What makes us a distinctly American whisky, and defines our signature taste, is our unique combination of casks aged in Virginia’s climate. Aging in exceptional casks adds intensity and complexity to the spirit.
The whiskies of Courage & Conviction, developed under the tutelage of Dr. Jim Swan, feature three core cask types:
- Bourbon casks: These barrels formerly held Kentucky bourbon from well-known distilleries. Aging in American oak bourbon casks adds notes of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, oak, smoke, and cinnamon.
- Sherry casks: The distillery uses Sherry cask types, including Fino, Oloroso, and Pedro Ximenez. These casks give the whisky notes of tart cherry, golden raisin, fig, caramelized plum, brown sugar, and spice.
- Cuvée casks: This innovative barrel is sourced from premium European red wine producers. After the wine is removed, the cask is broken down, the interior shaved, re-toasted and re-charred, and then put back together again. The re-toasting and re-charring of the cask energize the wood sugars and brings forward barrel spice, bright red fruit, and toasted pecan.
Appearance / Color:
Nose / Aroma / Smell:
The aroma is fruity and floral with notes of ripe berries, butterscotch, and pecan pie.
Flavor / Taste / Palate:
The palate opens with a creamy mouth-feel and then proceeds to juicy fruits, cinnamon, flan, oak, and rancio.
The finish is very smooth with a linger apple spice.