We met Westward American Single Malt Whiskey CEO and co-founder, Thomas Mooney, in Season Four of the Drinks Adventures podcast.
Westward Whiskey is brewed like a pale ale, distilled like a traditional single malt and aged in new American oak, like a bourbon.
The emphasis on the brewing stage of the process came naturally for Westward’s other founder, Cristian Krogstad, and head blender and distiller, Miles Munroe, both of whom come from a brewing background.
I caught up with Miles while he was in Sydney recently to launch Westward’s new cask strength expression, which follows a series of releases that have proven very popular in Australia, Westward’s biggest market outside the US.
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This is a special episode of Drinks Adventures, produced with the support of Westward Whiskey, which is made in Oregon, USA.
I started this conversation by asking Miles whether the American single malt whiskey scene had progressed, since we met Thomas in 2019.
Westward Cask Strength American Single Malt Whiskey
Winner of Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2020, Westward American Single Malt Cask Strength (62.5 per cent ABV) is the ultimate showcase of Westward’s rich malted barley, the flavourful beer it creates in-house and maturation in newly charred American Oak barrels.
“Westward American Single Malt Whiskey Cask Strength reflects toasted almond, graham cracker, and black pepper aromas. Flavours include sesame, tobacco leaf and cacao, with a honeyed, deep fiery malt finish,” the distiller says.
If you’re in Australia, you can find the compete Westward range including Westward Cask Strength online at hairydog.com.au.
Selected Westward whiskies are also available from Dan Murphy’s.
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