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westward whiskeyHere’s some news on the American whiskey front. House Spirits Distillery, the Portland-based company that makes Aviation Gin and Krogstad Aquavit, announced that it’s launching Westward Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey.

According to House Spirits, Westward is a small-batch malt whiskey that’s inspired by the Irish tradition, but crafted in a distinctively American style.

“Every hand-numbered bottle begins with a wash of 100 percent locally-sourced Northwest two-row barley, which is then fermented with Scottish and American ale yeasts and double pot distilled for exceptional character and depth.  This rare spirit matures in full-size, two-char new American oak barrels for at least two years, allowing Oregon’s dry, hot summers and wet, cold winters to contribute to its rich, smooth flavor.”

Westward Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey is currently available in California and Oregon, and will hit shelves in New York and Washington DC in April. If you don’t live in any of those places, well, just hang tight. It’s rolling out to more markets over the next few months.

Westward Whiskey clocks in at 45% ABV and will run about $50 for a 375ml bottle.

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