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WHISKEY Seminar: How to Craft a Double-Gold Award-Winning Whiskey
403 North 3rd Street Richmond
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Led by the proprietors of Richmond, Virginia based Reservoir Distillery, Jay Carpenter and David Cuttino, learn how a Double-Gold award-winning American whiskey is made. Having earned Double-Gold at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013 and many more awards in the following years, you'll taste Reservoir's extraordinary portfolio of whiskeys and be enlightened about the special process Reservoir uses to achieve such an exceptional flavor profile.
Please note that this seminar precedes SMOKED!, which begins at 5 pm and features world-class whiskeys, wine, cider, amazing global smoked cuisine and more. The seminar will be a short walk away (just downstairs) from SMOKED!, which is being held in the ballroom of the convention center.
Whiskeys You Will Taste
Reservoir Rye Whiskey
Reservoir Bourbon Whiskey
Reservoir Wheat Whiskey
About the Seminar Leaders, Jay Carpenter and David Cuttino
Reservoir Distillery is a multiple Double Gold award-winning distillery located in Richmond, Virginia, created by proprietors and lifelong friends Jay Carpenter and David Cuttino. While tailgating at a Virginia Tech football game and enjoying a respected brand-name bourbon, we decided that – if we combined our innate talents and passions for fine whiskey – we could produce a highly exceptional spirit that reflected our Virginia roots and desire to bring our friends and family together. Just like that, Reservoir was born.
Instead of pushing a volume product to market, we chose to focus on creating three unique whiskies that embodied our discerning palates, local ingredients, and Southern culture. Our dedication to those goals meant sacrificing output for unassailable quality. Reservoir uses an in-house, customized potstill, and we meticulously measure the heads to ensure our process remains faithful to the true character of the hearts. All of our mash bills are 100% expressions of the finest locally-sourced grain. Our Wheat whiskey is 100% wheat. Our Rye whiskey is 100% rye. Our Bourbon is 100% corn. We are able to produce an extraordinary aged profile by using small barrels, which increases the wood surface area to distillate ratio and allows for faster, comprehensive aging.
Unlike other brands focused on quantity, Reservoir does not follow a set schedule for aging; instead, we personally taste every barrel to determine when it is ready. In fact, we will age some 5-gallon barrels as long as two years which is the equivalent to 15 or more years in a 53-gallon barrel. Whiskey flavor profiles will shift depending on proof and temperature, so we proof every bottle to 100 so that consumers can adjust the whiskey to suit their particular tastes. It takes a personal touch to make an exceptional whiskey, and just like our distilling process, our bottling procedures are hands-on and end with each bottle being personally signed by one of our dedicated distillers. Reservoir’s goal is to provide our customers with impeccably crafted products and, hopefully, an experience that enhances their lives.
If you are new to Reservoir and our products, we recommend tasting the Wheat Whiskey first, followed by the Bourbon, and finally the Rye. Begin with the Wheat because it is lighter and will be overwhelmed by the smokier and more pronounced Reservoir Bourbon and Rye. The Rye comes last because it is simply so big and complex it dominates the palate. Please feel free to get in touch with us any time if you have questions about any of our products and how to enjoy them!
About Reservoir Distillery
Reservoir Distillery is a Double Gold award-winning distillery located in Richmond, Virginia, created by proprietors and lifelong friends Jay Carpenter and David Cuttino. All of our mash bills are 100% expressions of the finest quality, locally-sourced grains. Reservoir Wheat Whiskey is 100% wheat; our Rye Whiskey is 100% rye, and our Bourbon is 100% corn. Reservoir is able to produce an exceptional age profile by using small barrels housed in a corner sanctuary of our distillery in historic downtown Richmond. A small barrel increases the surface area to distillate ratio, which allows for faster, comprehensive aging, and we let the local history – from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars to Arthur Ash and the recent RVA culinary renaissance – do what time does to living passions. At Reservoir Distillery, we do not follow a set schedule for aging; instead, we personally taste every barrel to determine when it is ready. It takes a personal touch to make an exceptional whiskey, and just like our distilling process, our bottling procedures are hands-on and end with each bottle being personally signed by one of our dedicated distillers. Reservoir’s goal is to provide our customers with impeccably crafted products and, hopefully, an experience that enhances their lives.
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Advance tickets will only be available for sale on this website. Tickets will be available at the door at an increased price unless sold out. All tickets to the Virginia Wine Expo are nonrefundable.
Attendees must be 21 years of age or older to attend all Expo events, except the Sunday Walk-Around Grand Tasting