Top 20 Whiskies of 2018

#13 • Virginia Distillery Co. Cider Cask Finished (Batch 3)

  • Rank: 13
  • Year: 2018
  • Score: 92
  • Price: $65
  • ABV: 46%
  • Style: Blended whiskey
  • Place of Origin: Multiple (Virginia, Scotland)

Autumn in a glass: dried apples, earthy leaves, marzipan, grilled pears, and white pepper mingle with lemon-herb tea, saline, and a whiff of incense. Malty, with a pleasant oiliness, the palate showcases lemon peel, juicy clementine, poached pears, grilled apples, chamomile, salt water taffy, and a delicate, perfumed savoriness—almonds in rice pilaf. Complex and balanced, with a lengthy oak finish. Virginia Distillery Co. combines its own single malt with blended malt from the Highlands of Scotland. Batch 2 of Cider Cask Finished scored 90 points, indicating strong consistency. —Susannah Skiver Barton