Single malt Whisky (!) innovation coming out of the Blue Ridge Mountains? You bet your sweet dram!
Rick Wasmund is a nut … just the kind of nut we love. After dreaming for years about starting his own distillery, Rick finally went to the source … Scotland, where he wrangled an internship at Bowmore on Islay. Three years later he returned to his home in Virginia and made his dream a reality by opening Copper Fox Distillery. And he decided to do things right. Fifteen years later, they produce their signature single malt, Copper Fox Rye, and VIR “Single-malt” Gin.
Rick Wasmund learned a lot during his time at Bowmore Distillery. For their signature Wasmund single malt Whisky they use only local, winter barley and malt it themselves (pretty rare anywhere these days). Then, they infuse a little American innovation by roasting their malted barley with applewood smoke. Take a minute and think about that … you know what applewood smoke does to a rack of ribs or a pound of bacon don’t you? Yep, it adds complex flavors and a hint of sweetness.
Once distilled, they place the spirit in Bourbon casks and suspend a variety of fruitwood pieces—apple, cherry, and more—within the barrels themselves to generate additional wood contact. Seriously … who does that?! No one else, that’s who, and we mean no one! The result is a younger Whisky that drinks like a much older one and has the strength and body of a liqueur.