Prelude: Courage & Conviction

Courage & Conviction

A Limited-edition first taste of Courage & Conviction

Released in September 2019 and now sold out, this special edition sneak peek into the Flagship release of Courage & Conviction is made on-site in Virginia, using the influence of the hot summers and cool winters to produce a delicious whisky. 

American Single Malt whisky, made from 100% malted barley and aged a minimum of three years in Sherry, Bourbon casks, and Cuvée wine casks, married together for your enjoyment.

Aging in American oak ex-Bourbon casks adds notes of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, oak, smoke and cinnamon. Using three different Sherry casks, including Fino, Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez, gives the whisky notes of tart cherry, golden raisin, fig, caramelized plum, brown sugar and spice. This innovative barrel is sourced from premium European red wine producers. After the wine is removed, the cask is broken down, the interior shaved, re-toasted and re-charred, and then put back together again. The re-toasting and re-charring of the cask energizes the wood sugars and brings forward barrel spice, bright red fruit and toasted pecan.


Generous notes of caramel, butterscotch, fig, barrel spice and dark red fruit 


Dried fruit and raisins, along with vanilla and barrel spice


Hints of toffee, cocoa and toasted oak with a soft finish


  • Whisky Advocate

    90 Points

  • World Whiskies Awards

    American Single Malt (No Age Statement), Category Winner - 2020

Virginia Distillery Co.

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