Virginia Distillery Co. Courage & Conviction (Dr. Jim Swan Batch), 46%

Price: $75 Issue: Summer 2021 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Oily lemon, orange, and grapefruit zested over an earthy malt base lead into a nose of leafy forest floor, sliced apples on a crisp fall day, toasted hazelnuts, and banana bread with caramel drizzle. The palate is spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, savory with nutty toasted malt and tobacco leaf, rich with dark chocolate, and brightened by grapefruit oil. Espresso, cigar wrapper, cinnamon dark chocolate, and persistent nutty oak to finish. (9,900 bottles)