Westward Whiskey has unveiled a new limited release exclusively for members of The Whisky Club, Westward American Single Malt Rum Cask. The move follows the brand’s rebranding, which took place late last year.
The Westward American Single Malt Rum Cask is the result of a collaboration between the Oregon-based disitllery and the Leal family, who founded Casa Magdalena rum in Guatemala. Bottled at 62.5% ABV, this is the first limited release available in Westward’s new packaging and is aged in barrels seasoned with all-natural, cane-to-glass rum.
The Rum Cask begins with Westward American Single Malt Whiskey and then is matured in new, lightly charred American oak barrels in small batches. It is then aged in barrels seasoned with Casa Magdalena Rum, distilled in Escuintla, Guatemala and bottled at the Westward distillery in Portland, Oregon.
The Rum Cask release is offered exclusively to The Whisky Club as an uncut whiskey and was recently awarded a Gold Medal at the 2021 San Francisco Spirits Competition.
“This new launch celebrates the first-to-world rum-cask offering for Westward and is certain not to disappoint,” said Westward Whiskey lead distiller and blender Miles Munroe. “Casa Magdalena is the first new rum to emerge from Guatemala in an entire generation, and for this reason, we knew they were the perfect partner for this venture. To us, this limited release perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the new world whiskey movement, as we look to leverage natural ingredients and celebrate excellent flavours native to each products’ origin.
“It’s a big, weighty, tropical spirit with deep layers of caramelised sugar, spice and all things nice… and bottled at a suitably naughty 62.5 per cent ABV!”
“Westward’s limited product runs are always huge sell-outs amongst Whisky Club members, and we are anticipating nothing different for the Westward American Single Malt Rum Cask release,” siad The Whisky Club co-founder Bertie Cason. “Every limited-edition bottle Westward produces is rich and robust, and with the sublime rum-cask finish, it’s bound to become a collector’s item you’ll find hard to keep on the shelf.”
In November, the Oregon distillery added a new permanent expression to its core range, Westward American Single Malt Pinot Noir Cask.