Virginia Distillery Co. Courage & Conviction American Single Malt (George G. Moore Batch), 46%

Price: $75 Issue: Summer 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

The official debut of the distillery's 100% own-make single malt. The nose has an earthy expression of the grain, and works in heady aromas of guava, pomegranate, blueberries, and kiwi, along with sandalwood soap. It's oily and silky in the mouth, with forthright lemon and orange oil, guava, and kiwi, as well as dried leaves, nutty tobacco, and peppery spice. The finish is gentle and fades slowly, with lemon oil, milk chocolate, and a hint of ashy charred nuts. (9,600 bottles)