Virginia Distillery Co. Courage & Conviction Nancy Fraley Batch Cuveé Cask, 46%

Price: $85 Issue: Fall 2021 Reviewer: David Fleming

Delicate and pretty on the nose, with tropical notes of lime and lemon, warm baklava on a tray; syrupy, with cinnamon almond and walnut nuttiness. Silky and honeyed on an equally delicate palate of dark chocolate, cinnamon baked apple, vanilla frosting, and honeyed malted barley. A superbly long finish offers even more flavors—raspberry jam, blueberry muffin, and that marvelous maltiness—with water enhancing it all. Graceful, balanced, and sustained.