Newcomers to our whiskey, and American single malt in general, often ask: Which Batch of Wanderback should I try first?
American Single Malt (or ASM) is a relatively new category in the world of spirits and the Pacific Northwest is just beginning to scratch the surface on the abundance it holds. At the forefront of that movement are single malt whiskey producers like Wanderback.
Getting back to the question at hand. The simplified answer is,
If you’re a bourbon drinker, we recommend Batch No. 2.
If you prefer to sip scotch, we recommend Batch No. 1.
Even though the two batches have been distilled using the same speciality PNW barley malts, they taste very different because of the finishing casks. We used new American oak only for Batch No.1 and new American oak followed by ex-Nicaraguan rum casks for Batch No.2.
Batch No.1 (great ASM gateway for scotch drinkers)
Batch No. 1 spent three years in new American oak barrels
Key attributes: deep, rich, malty, campfire smoke finish
Awards: Double Gold from American Distilling Institute
Grain bill: Washington pale, crystal, munich and chocolate (note: no peated malt)
Released: September 2017
Batch No.2 (great ASM gateway for bourbon drinkers)
Batch No.2 had an additional six months in ex-Nicaraguan rum casks
Key attributes: smooth, tropical, elegant, complex
Awards: Gold Medal from GQ’s Fifty Best
Grain Bill: Washington pale, crystal, munich and chocolate
Released: October 2018
We produce single malts that not only showcase the full potential of our environment at our Farm in Hood River, Oregon but we also partner with other rising stars distilleries to create a truly unique lineup of whiskeys. This concept is unchartered ground, and the results so far have been unparalleled, exceeding the industry’s expectations.