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, they decided that if they combined their innate talents and passions for fine whiskey, they could produce a highly exceptional spirit that reflected their Virginia roots and desire to bring their friends and family together. Just like that, Reservoir was born.
Instead of pushing a volume product to market, they chose to focus on creating three unique whiskies that embodied their discerning palates, local ingredients, and Southern culture. Their dedication to those goals meant sacrificing output for unassailable quality. Reservoir uses an in-house, customized potstill, and they meticulously measure the heads to ensure their process remains faithful to the true character of the hearts. All of their mash bills are 100% expressions of the finest locally-sourced grain. Their Wheat whiskey is 100% wheat. Their Rye whiskey is 100% rye. Their Bourbon is 100% corn. They 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, they personally taste every barrel to determine when it is ready. In fact, they will age some five 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 they 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 their distilling process, their bottling procedures are hands-on and end with each bottle being personally signed by one of their dedicated distillers. Reservoir’s goal is to provide their customers with impeccably crafted products and, hopefully, an experience that enhances their lives.