Virginia Highland Malt
Virginia Distillery Co. // (Bottled in) Virginia, Scotland
This small Central Virginia distillery is not actually yet distilling. As the facility is under construction, they've released this whisky, which is a six year old malt from the Highland region of Scotland. It was bought on the brokerage market and selected after tasting about 30 different whiskies. A local Virginia winery produces a port-style wine and lends the used barrels in which the whisky is finished for three to four months. Update: This product is no longer being produced. The distillery is now producing a whisky made from malt mash and blending with a 100% malted barley from Scotland. See Virginia Distilling Co. Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typeoak barrels, finished in ex-port style wine casks
"This is unmistakably a Highland malt and drinks older and better than the age would imply. The port wood finishing did a fine job of rounding out and adding a touch of sweetness to this fresh and round whisky. Lots of cereal grains and ginger on the nose as well as on the palate along with some secondary flavors of peach, pear, and brine. A textural and mineral finish makes for a whisky that was overall a very pleasant surprise. "