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Step Up Your Whisky Game

Looking to step up your whisky game? Well, you’re not alone. It’s estimated the whisky category will grow significantly over the next two years as consumers explore the category and make the move to a premium product in the category. So why the shift? Over the years several smaller distilleries have made their way into the market and their creative and unique distilling techniques have allowed them to create whiskies that keep the category on its toes.

This is the case with Westward Whisky distillery in Portland Oregon that has created an award-winning single malt whisky inspired by the region. What makes this single malt so unique is firstly the climate and also the distilling process. To create the award-winning drop Westward begins by brewing an artisanal American pale ale from scratch using 100% Northwest two-role pale malted barley, ale yeast and then ferments it at low temperatures for extended periods. The ale is then distilled twice in low-reflux copper pots before transforming the beer into whisky. From here, the whisky is then aged in charred American oak barrels where the regions hit summers and cool winters work their magic to create whisky which is distinct, brazen and full of flavour.

The whisky itself boasts an elegantly robust and fruit aroma with creamy vanilla and brown sugar notes. On the palate flavour of baking spice, lush fruit and sweet malt prevail. The finish begins with tobacco, dark chocolate and leather with lingering oak sweetness followed by stone fruit.

Westward has taken home several key awards and accolades including Double Gold Medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 93-point/Excellence Rating and a 94 point rating by Wine Enthusiast. The whisky is also being served up at various Sydney hotspots including Maybe Sammy, Eau De Vie and Babylon rooftop.

Westward Whisky is available in leading independent liquor stores along with Vintage Cellars and Dan Murphy’s stores nationally. Westward Whisky 700ml 45% ABV 130 AUD.

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