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.
Tasting note: The deep polished copper penny colour is impressive in the glass. Shows some minor sediment. Wood and sweet spice notes are emphasised on the nose including fresh-sawn American oak, vanilla and delicate cinnamon with the barley taking back seat. Light on entry but gains weight and body at the mid palate stage which is nicely rounded featuring muesli-bar like flavours and creamy vanillin oak. A juicy burst before the oak input returns finishing with subtle notes of vanilla wafer, cream biscuits and a trace of peppermint tea to balance the earlier sugars. Wood dominant but a lovely mouth feel to this. A distillery to watch. 45% Alc./Vol.