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erging Old-World traditions in a New-World environment serves as the inspiration for the newest addition to the Charlottesville -area spirit’s scene—the Virginia Distillery Company. Since opening in November 2015, the Virginia Distillery Co. offers its guests an experience pairing delicious libations with a firsthand look at the centuries-old practices in whisky-making. Nestled in a grassy opening amongst the wooded mountains of Central Virginia, the distillery is the result of a multi-generational family dream. Originally the ambition of avid Scotch enthusiast and Irish immigrant Dr. George G. Moore, the project was completed by his son and daughter-in-law, Gareth and Maggie Moore. While sipping spirits at the Visitor Center with its rustic copper signs, artful stone fireplace and wood panelled bar, guests can overlook the Distillation and Barrel Houses. The irony of his father being an Irish immigrant who was passionate about Scottish whisky is not lost on Gareth. “Our background, like most stories I would think, isn’t perfectly straightforward; but you know, Rome wasn’t built in a day,” says the founder. From the get-go, the business plan was clear on the goals still driving the company today: to make one specialty product, to make it really well and to start by building the inventory. The company’s own distilled product won’t be available for a number of years, as aging is inherent in the whisky-making process. The Distillation Facility contains traditional equipment crafted and shipped from Scotland, from locations like the original Boby Malt Mill in which grains, such as barley, are ground down as part of the production. Boby Malt Mills are no longer being produced because, rumor has it, they are so effective and well made, they never break. Once the demand for mills was met, Boby

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