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Sometimes, less really is more… so don’t let the 375ml bottle fool you, because Westward Whiskey is a shot of solid, small-shop distilling craftsmanship from experienced hands.
Westward Whiskey Distillery was founded by Christian Krogstad, who graduated from the Siebel Institute of Technology — America’s oldest brewing academy. He worked at craft breweries and a vineyard before founding what would become Westward in 2004 to bring his vision for an American Single Malt to life. The Westward team was expanded in 2011 when Thomas Mooney joined as co-founder and CEO, accelerating growth and bringing that vision to a wider audience. Today, this Oregon distillery produces signature Spirit brands including Krogstad Aquavit, Volstead Vodka, Casa Magdalena Rum, and Westward Whiskey.
There is no way around it … long before you crack the wax-sealed stopped on this new American malt Whiskey, the first thing that you notice is the half-sized bottle. Shake it off. Remember what Yoda says; “Size matters not.” Beside, this ain’t no Champagne split, this is a man’s drink. It’s real Whiskey made by a pro. It’s twice-distilled in copper pots and aged in lightly-charred new American Oak… full size barrels too. The entire mash is locally-sourced, malted barley and it is never chill-filtered. How does that sound so far? That’s what I thought.
After a few sips, more individual character comes though. One of those is the yeast they use in fermentation is Ale yeast. This lends a grassy, floral note the whole thing as well. And while lots of distilleries talk about “small batch” processes, this one takes the cake, making one batch at a time in order to give it full attention. Now that you know all of that, you might understand how the less-bulky packaging is more a reflection of the scarcity of product than it is anything else. Sometimes less really is more.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Westward Oregon Single Malt Whiskey and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.