Following the hugely successful global bottle rebrand this April, Westward Whiskey, a portfolio of award-winning single malts reimagined in the American Northwest, has created a new limited release expression exclusively for The Whisky Club members: Westward American Single Malt Rum Cask.
This exclusive drop is the result of a beautiful collaboration between Westward’s distillers and long-time friends, the Leal family, who founded Casa Magdalena rum in Guatemala. The first limited release available in Westward’s elevated new packaging, Westward American Single Malt Rum Cask has an ABV of 62.5% and is aged in barrels seasoned with all-natural, cane-to-glass rum.
This partnership was born out of a shared ethos for a commitment to craftsmanship and desire to celebrate local ingredients. As with Westward Whiskey’s unwavering pursuit of perfection by creating flavour in every step of the process, Casa Magdalena is also unique among Guatemalan rums, produced using “Miel A” molasses instead of sugar cane syrup, which is the highest quality and most flavourful grade of molasses. In the same style as Westward Whiskey, Casa Magdalena Rum’s fermentation temperature is lower, and the process is slower than most other rums. This longer, cooler fermenting allows time for the development of complex flavours, perfectly accentuating Westward’s trademark smooth, yet brazen flavour.
The Rum Cask begins with the original, award-winning Westward American Single Malt Whiskey and then is matured in new, lightly charred American oak barrels in small batches to achieve their signature balance and boldness. It is then aged in barrels seasoned with Casa Magdalena Rum, distilled in Escuintla, Guatemala and bottled at the Westward distillery in Portland, Oregon.
Westward American Single Malt Rum Cask is offered exclusively to The Whisky Club as an uncut whiskey, and is bound to sell out amongst enthusiasts, after recently being awarded Gold Medal at the 2021 San Francisco Spirits Competition, America’s most prestigious awards judging. The Whisky Club members will be the only people in Australia to taste this limited-edition bottle, celebrating the ongoing collaboration between Australia’s biggest whisky club and the legends of American Single Malt.
On the release, Miles Munroe, Lead Distiller and Blender at Westward Whiskey says “This new launch celebrates the first-to-world rum-cask offering for Westward and is certain not to disappoint. 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% ABV!”
Bertie Cason, Co-founder of The Whisky Club adds, “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. 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.”
Mash Bill: 100% Barley
Proof : 62.5 %
Fermentation: 5 days at 31-32 degrees Celsius. (as opposed to the 36 hours and 35+ degrees typical for most other rums).