House Spirits Distillery launched Westward Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey, which is an original malt whiskey that was inspired by the Irish tradition but crafted in an 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 character and depth, the company says. The spirit matures in full-size, two-char new American oak barrels for at least two years, allowing the weather in Oregon to contribute to its rich, smooth flavor, it adds. A 375-ml bottle has a suggested retail price of $49.99.
House Spirits Distillery, Portland, Ore.
Distribution: Select markets