The Olympics may have been postponed, but the highest-rated American single malt – Westward Whiskey
– has still managed to take home gold at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The brand's portfolio of whiskeys was awarded four gold medals, and the collection of honours were awarded to both the flagship whiskey offerings, including Westward American Single Malt and Westward Oregon Stout Cask (which will be released in Australia next month), as well as some of our forthcoming releases.
The accolades from the industry’s most prestigious awards judging event include:
GOLD MEDAL, Westward American Single Malt Whiskey, Oregon, USA [45%]
GOLD MEDAL, Westward Oregon Stout Cask Finish Whiskey, Oregon, USA [45%]
GOLD MEDAL, Westward Rum Cask Finish Whiskey, Oregon, USA [45%]
GOLD MEDAL, Westward Rum Cask Finish Whiskey, Oregon, USA [62.5%]
These awards are a huge feat for the craft distillery that brews and distils entirely in Portland, Oregon. Inspired by the region’s unique culture, climate and natural ingredients, every Westward Whiskey tipple is distinct, rich, brazen and full of flavour.
Across the brand's entire range, each liquid has a unique flavour that is achieved by following Westward’s Minimalist Distilling philosophy. Westward begins by brewing an artisanal American pale ale from scratch, using 100% Northwest two-role pale malted barley, ale yeast, and then fermented at low temperatures for extended periods. The fresh ale is distilled twice in custom low-reflux copper pot stills that are designed to create a robust spirit, and transform the fresh beer into whiskey. Westward Whiskey is then aged to taste in new, charred American oak barrels, where Oregon’s dry, hot summers and cool, wet winters create the ideal environment to raise a world-class whiskey.
Imported and distributed by Think Spirits in Australia, Westward Whiskey is available in leading independent liquor stores, Vintage Cellars, and Dan Murphy's.
For more information, visit www.westwardwhiskey.com
ABOUT WESTWARD AMERICAN SINGLE MALT WHISKEY
Founded in 2004 by Christian Krogstad, and later helmed by CEO and Co-Owner Thomas Mooney, Westward is a leader of America’s craft distilling resurgence and the anchor of Portland, Oregon’s famed Distillery Row. Since the opening of its new, expanded distillery in 2015, which increased capacity six-fold, Westward is both the largest distilling operation in the Pacific Northwest and the largest craft distiller on the West Coast. A leader of the rapidly growing American single malt whiskey category, Westward has earned high praise around the world, with Gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, a 93-point/Excellent rating at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, a 94-point rating from Wine Enthusiast, and top billing in the Wall Street Journal's list of Singular Single Malts Born in the US