Excerpt: For a 3 year old whisky, this expression of Courage & Conviction is incredible. However, I will keep my love a little bit muted, since I tasted their future Cuvêe Cask expression’s ‘in progress’ phase. I can honestly tell than, when the cask expressions for Courage & Conviction hit the market, they will change the American single malt culture.
Excerpt: The price point for Courage & Conviction is a little bit high for an early batch from a craft distiller. If you can find it, though, and if you have money to put behind something out of the ordinary to share with your whisky-appreciating friends, Courage & Conviction is not a bad option.
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Courage & Conviction is an American Single Malt Whiskey coming to us from the minds running VA Distiller in Virginia, USA. Aged for at least 3 years in a variety of casks (bourbon, sherry, wine) this release is bottled at 46% ABV.
Sweet and spicy on the nose. Bit of oak, some fresh citrus zest, nutty and musty with a hit of wine and tobacco. Surprisingly complex on the nose.
Medium mouth feel, heat in check. Sweet and complex, lots of honey, sweet wine, praline, pepper and tobacco. Nice almond note to it.
Short but pleasant finish. Tons of honey, biscuit, pepper and almond. This honestly drinks like a well aged Speyside, like a Balvenie or Ben Nevis which threw me for a loop. Fairly complex finish overall, with quit a bit of wine and tobacco, almond and cream.
Honestly, this is surprisingly complex, and I'm into it. Young for a single malt, but performing really nicely. Blind I'd likely mistake this for scotch, and one that's quite a bit older. The American climate is likely helping the aging here, but I think the variation in casks is also imparting a lot of complexity. This may be my most surprising review of 2020, but I'm into it.
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