Westward American Single Malt Whiskey from Oregon
Afrom the heart of the American craft scene
The USA is one of the big players when it comes to whiskey, American single malts are increasingly making a name for themselves. The Westward American Single Malt Whiskey is available in several European countries meanwhile.– no, it should be , of course. It is still that is ahead of all categories of , but alongside
In a process called “mingling”, the contents of usually no more than 10-20 Single Malt, the German distributer Kirsch Import explains: elegant, robust and fruity, with creamy vanilla and brown notes as well, aromas of baking spices, lush fruit, sweet and a marked by tobacco, dark chocolate and leather.are married in small batches that capture the characteristic profile of Westward
Pale ale goes whiskey
Westward Whiskey is based in Portland, Oregon. The company was founded in 2004 by Christian Krogstad, who made his degrees at the Siebel Institute of Technology. This is an internationally renowned academy that has been training brewers since 1872. So it is not surprising that the Westward American Single Malt Whiskey is initially born as pale ale, made from local and brewer's . In pot stills, the beer is double-distilled and then matured for at least three years in lightly casks made from fresh .
What is American single malt whiskey?
Unlike in Scotland, a category single malt whiskey has not yet been defined in regulations and laws in the USA. The American Single Malt Whiskey Commission (ASMWC), founded in 2016, of which Westward is one of the founders, wants to change the situation and has drawn up guidelines for a American Whiskey category. They are based on the Scottish regulations and require American single malt whiskey to be mashed, distilled and matured in the United States.
100% malted barley must be used. It must be distilled in a single , not higher as to 80% during the . must be done in casks that hold a maximum of 700 l. American single malt whiskey must be at not less than 40% ABV.
A minimum duration of maturation is not mentioned in the guidelines of the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission, but Westward adheres to a minimum of three years of maturation. The 45% ABV Westward American Single Malt Whiskey is the distillery's flagship, completely matured in American white oak. and. There are also other editions available meanwhile in the US which got finishes in other casks such as stout or pinot noir casks.
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