Hand malted barley distillate makes for a great sipper; Vir-Gin has a Dutch influence with a chewy round mouthfeel. A blend of juniper, orange peel, lime peel, cardamom, chamomile, coriander, black pepper, angelica root and star anise are steeped in the malt distillate for three days then placed on a small custom copper table that fits inside the still. This is topped with fresh herbs and botanicals grown on the Copper Fox property including celery, borage, lemon grass, fresh chamomile, lemon balm, mint and anise hyssop, sometimes fresh spring apple blossoms, and other seasonal botanicals. This combination is then distilled in a run lasting 6 hours. The gin is made mainly in the spring and summer. After the run, leftover botanicals are composted. Each batch is named in chronological order after James Bond movies. Enjoy on the rocks with a lime twist or in any creative gin cocktail. 45% ABV.
About the Producer
Rick Wasmund started Copper Fox in 2005, the first distillery in North America to build a malt floor and kiln since the repeal of Prohibition.The operation is based in Sperryville, Virginia. The revelation of a distinct and wonderful single malt whisky using fruitwood smoke came to Rick in years prior after visiting a slew of American micro- distilleries. By spring of 2000, Rick made the journey to Scotland to visit several distilleries. He came away with an offer to intern at Bowmore Distillery on Islay, one of the few distilleries in the world that still malts their own barley. A few years later, Copper Fox Whisky was launched into the marketplace as the first apple and cherry wood smoked whisky in the world. These distinct whiskies focus on the time honored, but currently rare hand malting process, using the smoke of smoldering fruitwoods during malting. There are three products, which are all based on grains from a local farm on the northern neck of Virginia between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers.