Virginia Distillery Company’s Courage & Conviction American Single Malt Receives 96-Points from Wine Enthusiast – American Whiskey News

Virginia Distillery Company’s Courage & Conviction American Single Malt Receives 96-Points from Wine Enthusiast

LOVINGSTON, Va. (January 19, 2021) – Virginia Distillery Company’s American Single Malt whisky Courage & Conviction was included in a recent buying guide for Wine Enthusiast which focused on Global Single Malts and Potato Vodka. Courage & Conviction received a 96-point score, putting the spirit in the superb category.

The Buying Guide is included in each issue of Wine Enthusiast as well as online and includes ratings and reviews of new releases and selected older beverage alcohol products that are evaluated by Wine Enthusiast editors and other qualified tasters. The panel of reviewers performed a blind tasting to determine the score for each product included. The scores are categorized as the following:

  • Classic 98–100: The pinnacle of quality.
  • Superb 94–97: A great achievement.
  • Excellent 90–93: Highly recommended.
  • Very Good 87–89: Often good value; well recommended.
  • Good 83–86: Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value.
  • Acceptable 80–82: Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances.

“It’s an honor to earn a superb score from one of the industry’s most accredited publications,” said Virginia Distillery Company’s CEO Gareth H. Moore. “Since day one, our team has been dedicated to producing quality American Single Malt whisky and setting a new standard in the category with Courage & Conviction.”

The name of Virginia Distillery Co.’s American Single Malt is a nod to a phrase founder Dr. George G. Moore was often heard saying: “Have the courage of your convictions.” The inaugural batch, which released in the spring of 2020, was dedicated to Dr. George G. Moore. The second batch of Courage & Conviction, which released in the fall of 2020, is dedicated to Dr. Jim Swan, who passed away in 2017 following a 40-year career supporting the science of distilling as a chemist, professor, researcher and author. Dr. Swan was the man behind Courage & Conviction: the distillate, the casks and the maturation strategy. Additional releases in the Courage & Conviction line are slated for Spring 2021.

Amongst Wine Enthusiast’s 96-point score, Courage & Conviction has earned national recognition and accolades including Double Gold in the SIP Awards, Double Gold in the John Barleycorn Awards, 94 Points in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and 91 Points in Whisky Advocate.

Virginia Distillery Company released, a website hub that includes distillate and cask data about each batch of Courage & Conviction, as well as bottling and process information for consumers. Virginia Distillery Company also recently launched a complete guide to American Single Malt whisky.

For more information, visit the distillery’s website at

About Virginia Distillery Company

Staffed by a local Virginia team mentored by Scottish consultants with decades of experience, Virginia Distillery Company is the largest dedicated American Single Malt whisky distillery in the U.S. The distillery has a current annual production volume of 80,000 4.5L cases and growing. At full capacity, the distillery can produce over 8,000 casks yielding 350,000 4.5L cases annually. The distillery produces Courage & Conviction American Single Malt on-site using malted barley from North America and water from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition, the distillery offers the award-winning Virginia-Highland Whisky series, made with 100% malted barley. Showcasing both Old and New World whisky-making, the award-winning line marries whisky made on-site in Virginia with whisky from Scotland.

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