Virginia Whiskey Distillery Hits The Right Spot

Hand-crafted whiskeys and gin are being produced by the dedicated craftsmen of Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, Virginia.
Hand-crafted whiskeys and gin are being produced by the dedicated craftsmen of Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, Virginia.
While producing some award-winning whiskeys, the distillery remains a small business at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
While producing some award-winning whiskeys, the distillery remains a small business at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Behind the busy production facility lies a delicate and well-choreographed fermentation process.
Behind the busy production facility lies a delicate and well-choreographed fermentation process under the careful eye of master distillers.
Regular tours at the distillery give visitors a detailed understanding of the distilling process and the variety of products at Copper Fox.
Regular tours at the distillery give visitors a detailed understanding of the distilling process and the variety of products at Copper Fox.
Aside from the distilling process, product preparation for market at the distillery remains largely a methodical, hands-on process.
Aside from the distilling process, product preparation for market at the distillery remains largely a methodical, hands-on process.
Walk past the simple entrance at the end of River Lane Road and you will be transported to a wonderful world of malted barley and cherry wood aromas.
Enter the distillery at River Lane Road and you will be transported to a wonderful world of malted barley and cherry wood aromas.

Think that you have to travel to Scotland to find great whiskey?  Then think again, because some great spirits are being concocted right here in your Virginia backyard.  That’s right, just where the mighty Blue Ridge Mountains give way to the undulating plateau of Rappahannock County, the Copper Fox Distillery is quietly producing award-winning whiskeys and spirits that you have will not easily find at your local liquor stores (at least not yet, but check out the press they have received).  These are not your average high-volume, mass-produced products for a global market, though.  On the contrary, the whiskeys and spirits coming out of Copper Fox are handled by hand in relatively small batches that reflect the artisan’s approach to producing low-yield, high-quality products.  During one of their scheduled tours, it was quite surprising to see how bottles were being handled one at a time with the painstaking care characteristic of a Swiss watchmaker.  And while the distillery has been around since the year 2000, modernity appears to live well hand-in-hand with traditional methods of craftsmanship that are so rare in today’s world.  One barrel at a time, Copper Fox seems to be putting Virginia whiskey on the connoisseur’s map.  So what did I end up bringing home after my short trip down River Lane Road?  I went for their signature Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky (Batch No. 107).  I am definitely no connoisseur, but I already have plans to enjoy this elixir as if I were one.  Cheers.