Virginia Distillery Company, Sherry Butt

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This single cask bottling of American single malt whisky, distilled in June 2016 and bottled in January 2022, was matured in a Spanish Oak butt that first held Oloroso sherry before holding Pedro Ximenez sherry. Cask #666 yielded 613 bottles at a cask strength of 58.3%.

Our tasting notes are as follows:

Color: Sanguine Copper

Nose: A robust whisky with pronounced oak, abundant dark chocolate, dried fruits (raisins, cherries, dates), roasted coffee beans, salted caramel, penuche fudge, and walnuts

Palate: The flavors explode across the palate demonstrating abundant drying oak with crystalized ginger, quite plummy with more dark chocolate, more dried fruits, toasted hazelnuts, and now walnut skins

Finish: Long and lasting while pleasantly drying with lingering oak, fresh espresso, and Ginger Snaps

Founded in 2011 by the Moore family, Virginia Distillery Company in Lovingston, Virginia (just outside Charlottesville and only one hour from Jason's front door!) produces American single malt in the Scottish tradition: 100% malted barley ground in a Boby Mill distilled using two Scottish made copper pot stills and matured using a mix of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Perhaps most surprising, 25% of all distillate produced at VDC is matured using STR casks, a favorite style of Dr Jim Swan (who consulted on the VDC project, as well as Scotland's Kilchoman, Israel's M&H, Wales' Penderyn, and many more).

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