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Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky Review

In American Whiskey Reviews by Jeffrey Schwartz1 Comment

Marrying whisky made on-site in Virginia with whisky from Scotland and then cask finishing offers a nuanced whisky. Virginia Distillery Company
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  • DISTILLER: Virginia Distillery Company
  • MASH BILL: 100% Malted Barley
  • Cooperage: New charred oak, ex-Bourbon barrels, ex-Port casks
  • AGE: NAS – No age statement, but aged a year in ex-Port casks.
  • YEAR: 2019
  • PROOF: 92 Proof (46% ABV)
  • MSRP: $54.99
  • BUY ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com

NOSE:  Port  |  Raisin  |  Cinnamon  |  Vanilla

TASTE:  Cocoa  |  Caramel  |  Tobacco Leaf  |  Sweet Apple

FINISH: Medium to long, with cherry, dry oak and clove.

SHARE WITH:  Fans of Scotch and American Malt whiskeys who have an open mind and a desire to #DrinkCurious.

WORTH THE PRICE: At roughly $55, this is priced fairly.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST:  I found this one fascinating and believe this one’s worth adding to your whiskey library.

OVERALL:  In full disclosure, this isn’t my first run-in with Virginia-Highland Port Cask Finished Whisky. I’ve served previous batches at whiskey appreciation classes I’ve hosted and it always went over well. As such, I was excited for the opportunity to try Batch 10 to experience how it has held up.

This is a marriage of a Highland Scotch from an undisclosed distillery and American Malt whiskey from Virginia Distillery Company. It was then aged in ex-Port casks from King Family Vineyards for an additional year.

It is one of the more fascinating whiskeys you’ll come across. It retains some characteristics from an unpeated Highland Scotch, with a creamy and coating mouthfeel, while highlighting the Port casks in which it aged.

If you’re interested in sipping something beyond the norm, this one is definitely worth picking up. Cheers!

Learn more about Jeff’s whiskey preferences and check out more of his reviews…

Disclaimer: Virginia Distillery Co. provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.

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Jeffrey Schwartz

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Known throughout Wisconsin (and now the world) as Whiskeyfellow, Jeff was a late-bloomer to the Wonderful World of Whiskey. At the suggestion of his wife, he started with Scotch and was hooked. He was under the impression that he was happy. A friend asked him several times to try Bourbon, and he eventually gave in, only to fall completely in love with it. Those first steps started him on his #DrinkCurious adventure that led him to #RespectTheBottomShelf. Jeff now relishes many types of whiskeys, ranging from the super-affordable to the super-premium and everything in between. Aside from simply sipping and writing about it, Jeff now enjoys spreading the whiskey gospel by hosting educational tasting events. Read Jeff's full profile.


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