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Whiskey Review: Filibuster Bottled-in-Bond Virginia Straight Bourbon

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Filibuster

First-generation immigrants Suman and Siddharth Dilawri opened the liquor store Modern Liquors in the trendy Shaw neighborhood

A few years later, they bought a 12,000-square-foot former apple-packing warehouse 90 minutes outside the city, in Maurertown,

But Filibuster added a continuous still on-site in Maurertown in 2016, where it has a deep limestone well,

It’s a more straightforward approach than many of the distillery’s earlier releases, allowing the whiskey-making

Bottles came affixed with a tax stamp to show their bona fides under the law

In any case, it lets you know the whiskey is 100 proof and at least four years old

Filibuster Bottled-in-Bond Virginia Straight Bourbon (image via Debbie Nelson/The Whiskey Wash)

Vital stats: Mash bill of 70% corn, 20% rye, 10% malted barley, aged five years in new oak; 100 proof/50% alcohol

Palate: Sometimes, high-rye bourbons hit you with spice right away and then melt into bourbon sweetness

The hay smell I noticed earlier presents itself as rye spiciness in the mouth, and it lingers

It’s not overwhelming, though; just a nice, light spiciness that cuts the vanilla, brown sugar, and