Charleston-based whiskey brand run by two chefs releases Ashcat Blended Bourbon Whiskey

CHARLESTON, S.C., Sept. 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey Company, the distinctive Charleston-based whiskey brand, today announced the launch of their limited time offering, Ashcat, a whiskey that blends the sweetness of a wheated bourbon, the spice of a High-Rye bourbon, and the tannins derived from sherry casks.

Virgil Kaine distributors procured all 400 cases of Ashcat shortly after the limited time offering was released. With notes of butterscotch, orange peel, and dried figs, Ashcat will be available this fall in New York, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, and West Virginia (TBC) markets. Virgil Kaine's founders say they hope to launch their second limited time offering late spring of 2017 and a third limited time offering for the holidays 2017.

"What we find exciting about this particular batch is that, to my knowledge, it is the first time a wheated bourbon and high rye bourbon blend perfectly together and then finish with amazingly delicious flavors derived from sherry casks," said Virgil Kaine founder David Szlam. "Because of the recent Pappy craze, wheated bourbons have become in high demand. Many are scarce in our markets and share a similar mouth feel and finish. We too, like wheated bourbons. But we love how the influence of High Rye bourbon and Sherry casks enhance the overall flavor. Blending and finishing whiskey this way may be unconventional to the bourbon world, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be done."

David Szlam, alongside his partner, Ryan Meany, are two Southern chefs who founded Virgil Kaine in 2013. Szlam, who trained at Chez Panisse and whose restaurant, Cordavi, won Esquire's best new restaurants of 2006, and Meany, who helped launch Charleston's Husk, created the Virgil Kaine brand to be rooted in taste profiles and flavor, over lineage.

"As former chefs, the daily grind to re-invent your dishes and to reinvent yourself never ends," Meany said. "And this limited time offering program has re-opened that door again. You'll see some pretty innovative and cutting-edge juices coming from Virgil Kaine over the next few years."

Virgil Kaine whiskeys include the Virgil Kaine Robber Baron Rye Whiskey, the Virgil Kaine High-Rye Bourbon, and the Virgil Kaine Ginger Infused Bourbon. Recent key partnerships include Suffolk Arms and The Spotted Pig in New York, Holeman Bottle Shop in Atlanta, Doris Metropolitan and Dorignac's in New Orleans, and The Patterson House in Nashville.

About Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey Company 

Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey Company is a line of spirits founded and produced in Charleston, S.C. Virgil Kaine spirits are available at many retailers in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Louisiana and Alabama.  Online purchase is available at For more information regarding retail locations, upcoming events, recipes and more, please visit For media inquiries, event opportunities, or to request a sample, please contact


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