Courage & Conviction

Courage & Conviction

Introducing a New WAY to Single Malt

The late Dr. George G. Moore had a great passion for single malt whisky and his adopted home in Virginia. A native Irishman, George came to the U.S. in the 1970’s to seek new opportunities. In 2011, after many years of building successful businesses in both the U.S. and Ireland, George finally had the chance to combine his two passions when he started Virginia Distillery Company.

Today, George’s wife, Angela Moore, and their son, Gareth Moore, along with his wife, Maggie Moore, have taken the helm to continue building George’s dream. “Have the courage of your convictions” is a saying George often repeated to friends and family. His credo became our core principle and the name of our American Single Malt whisky, Courage & Conviction.



What Makes It Special

  • Made with 100% malted barley
  • Aged for a minimum of four years in Bourbon, Sherry and Cuvée Casks
  • We are one of only a handful of distilleries in the world to use these unique Cuvée casks, a profile developed by the late Dr. Jim Swan.
  • The hot summers and cool winters of Virginia make this American Single Malt incredibly distinct.
  • The wildly varied climate allows our whisky to age at a faster rate than our counterparts in Scotland.

Our Signature Malt release of Courage & Conviction is a combination of these three casks (Bourbon casks, Sherry casks and Cuvée wine casks), with a target profile of 50% Bourbon casks, 25% Sherry casks and 25% Cuvée wine casks. 

Download the Courage & Conviction information sheet.


Caramel and butterscotch


Bright red fruit, raspberry, cocoa, barrel spice and vanilla


Creamy and exceptionally smooth


  • Wine Enthusiast

    96 Points, Jan/Feb 2021

  • Whisky Advocate

    91 Points - Summer 2020

  • Critics Challenge

    94 Points - Double Gold, 2020

  • Ultimate Spirits Challenge

    94 Points - Finalist, 2020

  • John Barleycorn Awards

    Double Gold, 2020

  • SIP Awards

    Double Gold, 2020

  • ASCOT Awards

    Gold, 2021

Virginia Distillery Co.

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