Westward Small Batch Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey
American Single Malt
House Spirits // Oregon, USA
House Spirits in Portland, Oregon has been producing quality spirits since 2004 including Aviation Gin and Krogstad Aquavit, as well as experimenting with such spirits as a shochu, a coffee liqueur, and a rum using Hawaiian Turbinado sugar. So it is no surprise that they are not taking any shortcuts with Westward, their single malt whiskey. Produced using grains from the Pacific Northwest and an ale yeast for fermentation,, it is double pot-stilled, and aged in standard sized new, lightly-charred oak barrels. Bottle and batch number appear on each bottle. Sold in 375ml sized bottles.
American Single MaltMade in the USA from 100% malted barley. Distilled at one distillery. Matured in oak casks no larger than 700L. Distilled to no higher than 160 proof (80% ABV). Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV) or higher. (This is the proposed Standard of Identity by the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission.)
Cask Typenew, lightly charred American oak
"This is not an American whiskey trying to be a Scotch or Irish whiskey, and it certainly is not anywhere close to a bourbon. The aromas are quiet, but intriguing: pipe tobacco, cooked barley, and delicate toasted barrel spices. The ale yeast used comes through here as a rich, beery fragrance. The whiskey is decently full on your palate and is more spice driven than the nose albeit a touch hot. The fruit factor is limited to white-fleshed nectarines and lemon peel. $50 for a 375 ml bottle may be a bit steep for an everyday dram, but points given as they clearly march to the beat of their own drum."