GSN Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Chardonnay Cask Finished Virginia-Highland WhiskyEdit Post
Contributed by on May 12, 2019
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Just in time for warmer weather, American Single Malt whisky distillery Virginia Distillery Company recently released batch #3 of its Chardonnay Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky. Earlier batches produced limited cases, some going out of stock shortly after release.
This time, the bottle kicks off the distillery’s rolling release schedule of its Virginia-Highland Whisky series. The new approach will allow consumers to purchase offerings from the line more regularly throughout the year.
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.
“We’re excited to have 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.”
This new batch release is 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.
Virginia Distillery Co. Chardonnay Cask Whiskey (92 proof)
Visual: Light gold.
Nose: Light honeyed sweetness with a goodly dose of oak. Engaging and well-rounded.
Taste: Initially, there is a lot of rich malt spirit, but after a few seconds, a subtle but present wine character comes into play and stay for the duration. In fact, as time goes on, the malt fades and the Chardonnay flavor takes center stage.
Finish: Medium long, with more of the sweetness and a warning grape character shining through.
Overall: One of the more subtle ex-wine cask whiskies that we’ve had the pleasure of tasting. The Virginia Distillery Co. is one to keep an eye on over the next few years.
GSN Rating: A
For more information go to: VA Distillery