Britannia is Virginia Distillery Company’s second single barrel Journey Cask Collection release. The whisky was distilled at The English Whisky Co. and spent eight years aging in a former bourbon barrel before being shipped across the Atlantic and bottled at Virginia Distillery Company at a natural cask strength of 64.6% abv. Its release date was November 29, 2019 and now sold out.
On the nose, the whisky carries aromas of smoky maple, soft vanilla and orange zest. The palate has notes of milk chocolate and bright citrus mingling together with cinnamon and clove spices. The finish is lingering with gentle spices and mouthwatering orange zest.
England, like Scotland, has a rich history of producing single malt whisky. Sadly, the production of English single malt whisky ended in 1905 with the closure of London’s Lea Valley Distillery. Over a century later, The English Whisky Co. began distilling whisky in 2006 at its home of St. George’s Distillery in Norfolk, England. The distillery uses local English barley and water from an aquifer directly beneath the distillery. In its first year, the distillery produced just 29 barrels of whisky. Today there are several English distilleries producing a single malt whisky and there are nearly 3,000 barrels of single malt aging in the English Whisky Co.’s warehouses.
Milk chocolate mingles with citrus, cinnamon and clove
Smoky maple, soft vanilla and orange zest
Smooth and soft