What happens when you take matured Single Malt Scotch and mix it with 1-year-old single malt whisky from Virginia and then finish them in a port cask? You get the Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky, that’s what. And it’s better than it sounds… trust me.
The Virginia Distillery is one of a handful of distilleries in America that specializes in an American Single Malt, and I couldn’t be happier to see them doing it. Currently, the main players in that field are Stranahan’s, Westland, Balcones and FEW with Stranahan’s and Westland definitely leading the pack as it’s their main focus. I know there are others out there and more coming on all the time and I think that’s awesome. The more the merrier, so long as they put out great stuff
Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky Review: Details and Tasting Notes
In Virginia Distillery’s Words: Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky
“Our flagship Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky is made from 100% malted barley and showcases both Old World and New World whisky-making. Virginia Distillery Company marries whisky made on-site in Virginia with whisky from Scotland. Cask finishing in Virginia Port-style wine casks adds depth and complexity.”
Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky price, ABV, age and other details
Region: Virginia, USA
Distiller: Virginia Distillery
Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: New Charred Oak, ex-Bourbon, ex-Port
Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky Tasting Notes
Malt, port, vanilla frosting, citrus, Tootsie Rolls, cinnamon and a bit of hay and grape juice sweetness.
Malt, port, cocoa, hay, green apples, honey, citrus, spice and an herbal quality.
Med-Long -> Grapey, malty and spicy.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Great balance, medium body and a warm slick feel.
Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky Review: OVERALL
Virginia-Highland Port Finished Whisky is elegant, punchy and something I wasn’t expecting in the least. Port exudes from this whisky starting with the purplish eye descending to the sweetly balanced aroma, tumbling into the heavy palate and sliding out through the sticky finish.
It contains the darkness and depth of an older malt and the punchy spry nature of a younger malt; the port is the glue that holds it together and balances it out. It’s tasty, I’m enjoying it and I don’t have anything else to say about it except try it… Cheers.
SCORE: 86/100 (B)
*Disclosure: This Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
Virgina-Highland Port Finished Whisky Review
- Nose - 86
- Palate - 86
- Finish - 86
- Balance, Body & Feel - 86
Virgina-Highland Port Finished Whisky Review Summary
Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky is a good whisky and I recommend giving it a taste
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