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SPIRITS

Try our award-winning, hand-crafted, artisanal products from Middleburg, Virginia. Since 2014. Spirit and cider tastings are available at our Distillery location.

Mt. Defiance Absinthe Supérieure

A traditional, French verte absinthe created from a late 19th century French recipe.  Our absinthe is distilled using whole botanicals, naturally colored, and bottled at 140 proof.  We grow our own grand wormwood, roman wormwood, hyssop, and other botanicals, and import Andalusian green aniseed and French fennel doux.

Absinthe is traditionally served with water and a touch of sugar (one part absinthe to four parts water) or in cocktails.  This unique experience will enchant the palate with strong notes of anise (fennel/black licorice), followed by citrus and mint.

Multiple award winner.

Mt. Defiance Almond Liqueur

Ground almonds, cinnamon, homemade sugar syrup, and a touch of vanilla; that’s the full list of ingredients that go into our all natural almond liqueur.

Almonds dominate the nose, while a luscious mouth feel presents toasted almond, vanilla, and spice on the palette. Slightly higher proof than many liqueurs, the finish is accompanied by a nice lingering warmth.

Mt. Defiance Amaretto Liqueur

Fourteen (14) varieties of nuts, herbs, fruits, and spices are used in crafting Mt. Defiance Amaretto Liqueur.

We start with apricot kernels and almonds to form the backbone of our liqueur.  Sweet but not cloying, true Ceylon cinnamon, cherries, and apricots contribute to a full dense flavor that lingers on the palette.

The result is a delicious after-dinner drink served on the rocks. Try baking with it, like Virginia’s Red Truck Rural Bakery does in making its famous gluten-free Almond Cake with Amaretto.

Mt. Defiance Amber Rum

Our rums are made using panela from Columbia. Panela is an unrefined whole cane sugar made by the boiling and evaporation of sugarcane juice. It combines the best features of molasses and fresh cane juice used in most rums.

We double distill our rum in small batches using a copper pot still. Our amber rum is aged for one year in small used rye whiskey barrels.  A touch of caramelized sugar is added before bottling.

Mt. Defiance Amber Rum has a sweet vanilla nose, toffee, honey and a hint of pineapple on the palette, and a finish of nutmeg, pepper, and clove.

Mt. Defiance Apple Brandy

Mt. Defiance hard cider is used to make our apple brandy. Using a copper pot still, the cider is distilled twice, then aged in used whiskey barrels for over two years. After aging, the brandy is cut to 80 proof before bottling.

Apple notes balanced with cocoa are apparent on the nose.  Barrel aging contributes oak, cinnamon and vanilla flavors to the pallet.  Chocolate flavors return through a medium length finish.

Mt. Defiance Cassis Liqueur

Bitter, sweet, fruity … our cassis is truly something special.  This delectable liqueur is an exceptional addition to desserts, champagne, and specialty cocktails.

Originating in France, cassis is a black currant liqueur. Black currant cultivation in the United States was banned at the federal level until 1966. New York State  New York legalized cultivation in 2003; however, many other states like Virginia still have ban in effect.

Our distiller travels to New York’s Hudson Valley just after harvest to collect this uncommon fruit. The black currants are then steeped in high proof alcohol for three months, imparting the berry’s bitter and fruity character, then sweetened with beet sugar.

Silver medal winner in the 2017 American Craft Spirits Association annual competition.

Mt. Defiance Dark Rum

Our rums are made using panela from Columbia.  Panela is an unrefined whole cane sugar made by the boiling and evaporation of sugarcane juice.  It combines the best features of molasses and fresh cane juice used in most rums.

We double distill our rum in small batches using a copper pot still. Our dark rum is aged for one year in small used rye whiskey barrels.  A touch of caramelized sugar is added before bottling.

Mt. Defiance Dark Rum has a vanilla and oak nose, caramel, chocolate and roasted almond on the palette, with a light note of toasted marshmallow on the finish.

Mt. Defiance Old Volstead's Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Corn, wheat and barley are the grains that go into our smooth Virginia Bourbon.

Our mash bill includes 70% corn, 25% white wheat, and 5% malted barley.  The wheat gives our bourbon that sweet, smooth flavor that makes for a great sipper.

Aged for two years in new charred American white oak barrels, each batch is bottled from a single barrel.  Old Volstead’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey features beautiful caramel and vanilla notes on the palette.

Mt. Defiance Sweet Vermouth

Sweet Vermouth is a sweetened fortified wine that is aromatized with botanicals.

We use Mt. Defiance Apple Brandy to extract flavors from herbs we grow ourselves and spices from around the world.  We blend the flavored brandy with barrel-aged brandy, Vidal Blanc wine, local honey, and caramel syrup.

The result is delicious chilled, on the rocks, or in classic cocktails like the Manhattan.

Gold medal winner in the 2017 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition.

Mt. Defiance White Rum

Our rums are made using panela from Columbia. Panela is an unrefined whole cane sugar made by the boiling and evaporation of sugarcane juice. It combines the best features of molasses and cane juice used in most rums.

We double distill our rum in small batches using a copper pot still. Following the second distillation, we cut the distillate to 80 proof and bottle our white rum.

Grassy aromas and light citrus shows on the nose, with sugar cane, pepper and pineapple on the palette. The finish lingers with mineral and delicate spice.

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DISTILLERY

Come visit our Distillery in downtown Middleburg, Virginia to sample our award-winning spirits and delicious ciders. You will not be disappointed!

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