Virginia Distillery Co. Cider Cask-Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky (Batch #4), 46%

Price: $65 Issue: Winter 2019 Reviewer: David Fleming

This marriage of the distillery's own malt whiskey and blended malt from Scotland's Highlands is finished 8 to 12 months in cider casks and released every fall. Autumn leaves, minerality, and earthy peat on the nose, along with mulling spices, apple, and pear tart. A malty balance of vanilla cream, lemon pie, and caramelized sugar fills the palate, followed by a lingering finish of spice and baked fruit. The third consecutive release of Cider Cask to score at least 90 points. (1,902 bottles)