Inspired by the guiding principle of our founder, to “have the courage of your convictions,” This American Single Malt whisky is a combination of Virginia Distilling Co. passion for their home in Virginia and our dream to redefine American whisky. Aged a minimum of four years, this 100% malted barley whisky is matured in specialty Cuvée wine casks. The casks originate from premium red wine producers, and the interior is shaved, re-toasted and re-charred before putting spirit into the cask for maturation. This process brings forward notes of raspberry, cherry, brown sugar, cocoa and baking spice.
Virginia Distillery Co. is an American Single Malt whisky distillery located amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. Courage & Conviction, our American Single Malt whisky, is produced on-site using malted barley from the U.S. and water from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Sherry, Cuvée, and Bourbon casks are used to age this unique whisky. Our VHW series, made from 100% malted barley, showcases both Old and New World whisky- making. This series marries whisky made on-site in Virginia with whisky from Scotland. Cask finishing adds depth and complexity. Offerings in this series include Port Cask Finished Whisky and Cider Cask Finished Whisky. Our Visitors Center and distillery is located in Lovingston, Virginia. Visit our website for more information at vadistillery.com.
Amanda Beckwith is the Lead Blender and Education Manager at Virginia Distillery Company. She started with the company in 2015, after spending time in the non-profit and education fields. After launching the tour and tasting program for the distillery’s Visitors Center, Amanda moved into sensory and blending activities to support the growing product portfolio. She has been fortunate to train with titans in the spirits industry, including nosing expert Nancy Fraley, Scottish consultants Harry Cockburn, and the late Dr. Jim Swan. Amanda helped to develop and now leads the company’s sensory program and product development. Most days she can be found dividing her time between the cask houses where she performs whisky analysis and cask selection, and the vatting house, where she works on various blends in the Virginia Distillery Company line up.
Whisky Advocate- 90 Points San Francisco World Spirits Competition- Double Gold Fred Minnick’s ASCOT Awards- Platinum Ultimate Spirits Challenge – 92 Points & Finalist L.A. Spirits Awards- Platinum Tasting Panel Magazine- 94 Points
Raspberry and cherry
Brown sugar, cocoa and baking spice
Creamy and exceptionally smooth
Old Fashioned Riff 2 ounces Courage & Conviction Cuvée Cask ½ ounce Raspberry Gum Syrup ¼ ounce cacao liqueur
2-3 dashes Orange Angostura Bitters or Chocolate Bitters Garnish: fresh raspberries and mint Directions
1. Combine ingredients with ice in mixing glass 2. Stir and strain into rocks glass with fresh cube of ice 3. Garnish
Festive Spirits 2 ounces Courage & Conviction Cuvée Cask ¼ ounce St. Elizabeth All Spice Dram ½ ounce honey simple syrup ½ ounce fresh lemon juice 3 dashes Angostura Bitters Garnish: fresh nutmeg and Luxardo cherry Directions
1. Combine ingredients with ice in a shaker 2. Strain into a coupe glass 3. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a Luxardo cherry