Drake & Virginia Black Whiskey to Launch Initial Public Offering

Virginia Black is an aged Bourbon whiskey focused on a high-rye content

Virginia Black is an aged Bourbon whiskey focused on a high-rye content

Drake's Virginia Black whiskey, whose slogan is "One Sip, and Wooh", broke the record for largest first-day sales in Ontario when it was released in September 2016. The rapper and his business partners are launching a public offering starting at the end of the first quarter this year.

Drake is the face and majority shareholder of the company he started through a collaboration with Brent Hocking.

"Virginia Black is the ideal combination of exceptionally good juice in exquisite packaging at an accessible price", said Hocking in a statement.

Drake has lately appeared in commercials for Virginia Black as "The Realest Dude Ever" - a parody of Dos Equis' "Most Interesting Man in the World". But it's not just talk: the whiskey has been well-received by experts and has also won numerous awards, including being voted among the top 5 spirits in 2016 by Wally's Wine and top 100 spirits of 2017 by Wine Enthusiast with a 91 point rating.

For those who are looking to invest in Drake's whiskey brand, Virginia Black, you may soon have that opportunity.

The news comes on the heels of Drake expanding his business ventures by opening a restaurant, Pick 6ix, in Toronto, Canada, through a partnership with his longtime friend Chubbs.