The revelation of a distinct and wonderful whisky that uses fruitwood peat came to me as I visited many American distilleries with the dream of opening my own. By spring of 2000, I made the journey to Scotland, home of more than 130 distilleries and arguably the best whisky in the world. I came away with new knowledge — and great appreciation of the necessary skill, a reinforced determination, and an offer to intern at Bowmore Distillery on Islay, one of the few distilleries in the world that still malts their own barley. Three years later, Copper Fox Whisky was launched into the marketplace as the first applewood-aged whisky in the world. Our distillery in Sperryville opened in January of 2005, and with it, the first US distillery malt floor and kiln since the repeal of Prohibition.