Just in time for warmer weather, American Single Malt whisky distillery Virginia Distillery Company will release batch #3 of its Chardonnay Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky and batch #4 of its Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky on Saturday, April 13th. Earlier batches of both whiskies produced limited cases, some becoming out of stock shortly after release. The Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky was recognized as one of Whisky Advocate’s “Top 20 Whiskies of 2018.”
The bottles kick-off the distillery’s rolling release schedule of its Virginia-Highland Whisky series. The new approach allows consumers to purchase offerings from the line more regularly throughout the year in markets across the United States, online through Passion Spirits and on-site in the distillery’s Visitors Center.
The Virginia-Highland Whisky series is made from 100% malted barley and marries American Single Malt whisky made on-site in Virginia with whisky from Scotland. It is then cask finished in barrels sourced from wineries, cideries and breweries across Virginia and beyond.
Batch #3 of the Chardonnay Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky spent an additional 8 to 10 months in Chardonnay casks, adding nuance and complexity to the whisky. The final product offers notes of lemon zest, green apple and honeysuckle.
Batch #4 of the Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky features finishing barrels from two Virginia cideries, Potter’s Craft Cider and Buskey Cider, giving the whisky notes of apple, pecan and vanilla.
“We’re excited to have both of these whiskies back in our regular rotation,” said Ian Thomas, Distillery Director at Virginia Distillery Company. “The offerings from our Virginia-Highland Whisky series are a great testament to our many partnerships across the state of Virginia – and the result is some pretty phenomenal whisky.”
Both products retail for $64.99.
These new batch releases are part of the Virginia-Highland Whisky series, which includes the flagship offering, Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky and a beer finished whisky, Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky.
The distillery is preparing for the 2020 launch of Courage & Conviction, its signature American Single Malt whisky. The name is a nod to a phrase founder Dr. George G. Moore was often heard saying: “Always have the courage of your convictions.”