Australian whisky subscription service The Whisky Club have today announced their first foray into American single malts with the reveal of an exclusive Westward pinot noir cask-finished expression.
Started in 2014, The Whisky Club is the country’s largest subscription service for whisky and is understood to also be one of the biggest globally. In recent years they have moved increasingly towards early access releases and whiskies developed exclusively for their members. Having had their logo appear on tailored whiskies by distilleries such as GlenDronach, Starward, Limeburners, Tomatin and Armorik they will now add Westward to their trophy shelf in the September offering.
The Oregon-based distillery, which has close ties to the craft brewing scene, distilled this from two-row Pacific Northwest barley, fermented with ale yeast. It was matured in new oak casks before it was finished in local pinot noir barrels. It has been bottled at the house strength of 45% (90 proof).
In the announcement The Whisky Club described it as, “bursting with sweet dried figs, ripe plums, brown sugar and fragrant pipe tobacco on the nose before rolling into creamy grain, fresh melon and raisin on the palate, and finishing decadently with English toffee, leather and a touch of white pepper.”
The Whisky Club is free to join, with whiskies offered monthly to members at around the $100 mark, depending on the release. It follows an opt-out model.