GSN Review: Brewers Batch No. 2 Virginia-Highland Whisky

The Virginia Distillery Company recently released the second edition of its Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky. Batch No. 2 was created in collaboration with 3 Stars Brewing Company, a Washington D.C. brewery known for pushing the limits of creativity in artisanal craft ales. Last year, 3 Stars Brewing Company used Virginia Distillery Company whisky barrels to age its Barrel Aged Ale. Virginia Distillery Company took the barrels back for finishing for eight months to make its second release of Brewers Batch.

In February 2018, Virginia Distillery Company introduced the Brewers Batch series in collaboration with Three Notch’d Brewing. Along with an annual Virginia project, the Brewers Batch series will continue to collaborate with breweries in markets outside of Virginia where Virginia Distillery Company whisky is available.

“We love partnering with passionate makers and are proud to collaborate with the talented team at 3 Stars Brewing,” said Gareth H. Moore, Virginia Distillery Company’s CEO. “We know consumers will enjoy the latest offering in the Brewers Batch series and look forward to working with more breweries in the future.”

The Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky is one of several other available offerings from Virginia Distillery Company, including the distillery’s flagship Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky, Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky and Chardonnay Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky. The distillery is currently crafting its ultra-premium American Single Malt, Courage & Conviction. The flagship offering, made from 100% malted barley and aged in former Bourbon, Sherry and Cuvée wine casks, will be released in the spring of 2020. The name is a nod to a phrase founder Dr. George G. Moore was often heard saying: “Always have the courage of your convictions”.

Brewers Batch No. 2 Virginia-Highland Whisky (92 proof)
Visual: Pale gold.
Nose: High malt notes with a rich oak char patinaed with a curious hop nose. Even tempered and approachable.
Taste: At first a light malt character comes through in the style of a young single malt, but then a slightly acidic/bitter tinge adds a layer of depth and intrigue. The hoppy quality comes through in an entirely different form that is only vaguely reminiscent of an ale. But, it adds enough to the experience that you know this is a unique whiskey. There is an almost fruity apple taste that has a cider-like quality.
Finish: Dry, light and even. The beer essence hangs on surprisingly long, but this makes for a more interesting lasting impression.
Overall: We really enjoyed this experiment and look forward to more from the Virginia Distillery Company. This is easy-going and special.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: VA Distillery Company

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