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Reservoir Distillery

It was while lifelong friends Jay Carpenter and David Cuttino were enjoying a respected brand-name bourbon when tailgating* at a Virginia Tech football game in 2008 that they first discussed the potential of starting up their own distillery. In that moment, they shared a collective vision that together they could combine their passion for fine whiskey with an appreciation for their Virginia roots and create an exceptional product. From that seemingly innocuous event, Reservoir was born.

Part of the reason why Carpenter and Cuttino felt they could create a brand that stood out in such a highly competitive market was due to their insistence to distill small-batch whiskeys that could appeal to mass sensibilities, but in an attentive, quality-controlled environment. Ultimately, the product the friends envisioned would embody Southern culture, it would feature local ingredients and it would be judged according to their discerning palates.

Reservoir’s concept developed into three distinct aged whiskies, each created with a 100% mash bill from different locally sourced grains. The wheat whiskey is made with 100% wheat, the rye whiskey is made with 100% rye and the bourbon is made with 100% corn. All editions are subsequently matured in small, heavily charred barrels which are no larger than 10 gallons and which all feature a barrel char level of #5. The barrels are housed in a corner sanctuary of the distillery, which was established in historic downtown Richmond, and this where Carpenter and Cuttino determine when the spirit is ready to be bottled. There is no set schedule for aging at Reservoir - the distillers indeed monitor the process themselves with constant attention and set their own deadlines for bottling.

The bottling procedure, just like the distilling process, is hands-on, with each bottle personally signed by one of Reservoir’s distillers. Each of three editions of Reservoir whiskey are deliberately bottled at exactly 50% ABV, so that people have the option to have a stronger tipple if they pleasee, or they could water it down if they require a lighter serve.

From unlikely beginnings, Reservoir has established itself as a respected distillery and has duly been lauded with numerous awards, including the honour of being named Virginia Bourbon Distillery of the Year 2016 at the New York International Spirits Competition. The brand has also been a regular at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition; its rye whiskey won Double Gold in 2012, while its wheat whiskey and bourbon both won Double Gold in 2013.

*If you’re unfamiliar with this word’s other meaning, it refers to a social event held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle.

Reservoir Rye

75cl, 50%

Rye is a notoriously difficult grain to distil with, but the trouble is certainly worth it. Reservoir are well-accustomed to that trouble, as their own Reservoir Rye is made with a simple mashbill of…  More info

Reservoir Rye
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$73.49

Reservoir Bourbon

75cl, 50%

The Reservoir distillery in Richmond, Virginia, uses a rather interesting mashbill for their bourbon - 100% corn. That's it. They've given corn the stage to showcase what it can do all by itself, and…  More info

Reservoir Bourbon
$73.49
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Reservoir Distillery 2 Year Old (That Boutique-y Bourbon Company)

50cl, 46.6%

Independently bottled 2 year old bourbon produced by the Reservoir distillery in Virginia, USA, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Bourbon Company. These is made with a combination of Corn,…  More info

Reservoir Distillery 2 Year Old (That Boutique-y Bourbon Company)
$58.56
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Reservoir Hunter & Scott Bourbon

75cl, 45%

While their Bourbon, Rye and Wheat expressions are all made with 100% corn, 100% rye and 100% wheat (respectively), the folks at the Reservoir distillery are also rather accomplished at blending…  More info

Reservoir Hunter & Scott Bourbon
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$34.63
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Reservoir Wheat

75cl, 50%

The Reservoir distillery in Richmond, Virginia, seem to have a thing for simplicity - much like their Bourbon and Rye (made with 100% corn and 100% rye, respectively), this expression from their…  More info

Reservoir Wheat
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$73.49
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Reservoir Distillery 2 Year Old (That Boutique-y Rye Company)

50cl, 47.5%

An enjoyably spicy 2 year old 100% Rye spirit from Virginia's reservoir distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Rye Company! Bottled alongside a 100% Corn and a 100% Wheat expression,…  More info

Reservoir Distillery 2 Year Old (That Boutique-y Rye Company)
$58.56
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Reservoir Distillery 2 Year Old (That Boutique-y Corn Company)

50cl, 47.5%

All the way from Virginia comes a 2 year old corn spirit produced by the Reservoir distillery and independently bottled by That Boutique-y Corn Company! There are also three other bottlings from the…  More info

Reservoir Distillery 2 Year Old (That Boutique-y Corn Company)
$58.56
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Reservoir Distillery 2 Year Old (That Boutique-y Wheat Company)

50cl, 47.5%

This right here is a 2 year old 100% wheat spirit from the Reservoir distillery in Virginia, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Released alongside a 100% Corn and a 100% Rye…  More info

Reservoir Distillery 2 Year Old (That Boutique-y Wheat Company)
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