We’re not like other distilleries. Wanderback only produces hand-crafted, limited edition American single malt whiskeys.
Instead of making a flagship whiskey and reproducing the same taste over and over, we prefer to explore endless possibilities of bold American whiskeys through partnerships.
This is truly what excites us. And in doing so, we have forged a new production model that sits at the intersection of a traditional distillery and an independent bottler.
First, we collaborate with premier distilleries from across the U.S. to create a bespoke American whiskey. Every step of the distillation process – from creating bold and flavorful mash bills to making the final spirit cuts – combines the expertise of partner Head Distillers and Phil Downer, founder of Wanderback.
Then, the new whiskey is transported to our family Farm in Hood River, Oregon for aging, finishing, and bottling. Barrel selection is a deep passion of ours. We love nothing more than exploring unique cask types and allowing the whiskey to lead us to its final and fullest expression.
This process gives us the freedom to interpret endless iterations of limited edition American single malt whiskeys. We invite you to explore our collections.
LIMITED EDITION AMERICAN SINGLE MALT WHISKEY
Our first distillery collaboration began in 2014 with Westland in Seattle, Washington. Known for their strong leadership in the burgeoning American single malt whiskey category, we were thrilled to co-create this bold and flavorful distillate featuring Pacific Northwest specialty barley malts: Munich, Crystal, and Chocolate.
From here, each Batch (No.s 1-4) carves its own path. Increased aging time and varied finishing barrels results in unique limited edition malt whiskeys with distinct flavor profiles that exemplify the best of this exceptional grain bill.
All our whiskeys have a story to tell. Explore our library of information following each batch’s journey from grain to glass.
Nose Notes of honeyed hazelnuts, salted caramel, and vanilla.
Palate Smooth and focused. Well integrated flavors consistent with the nose extend into a soft drawn out finish of fine toasted oak, salinity, and soft peppery spice.
Cask Double Oaked in new American oak and ex-bourbon barrels
Age 6 years Proof 97
Nose Fruitcake, gingerbread, Mexican chocolate, sugar cone and orange marmalade.
Palate Rich and decadent. Vanilla, banana, tropical fruit to the whiskey’s spice and malt flavors
Casks High toast, low char new American oak. Finished in ex-rum and ex-bourbon barrels
Age 4 years Proof 100
Awards Gold medal: San Fransisco World Spirits Competition 2020.