I recently stopped by Eveleigh where new House Spirits Brand Ambassador Kiowa Bryan was working. She introduced me to some new House Spirits bottles she just got including the Westward Whiskey, House Spirits limited edition rum and the aged Krogstad Gamle Aquavit.
I really enjoy Krogstad so I was delighted to try their aged version. Aged in French oak wine barrels, this aquavit was softer and rounder than the Krogstad Festlig which is heavily flavored with caraway.
One of these days, I’m going to have to go to the House Spirits distillery. I missed my chance the last time I was in Portland for Cocktail Week. This is where you’d get to try all the cool stuff they’re working on like this rum. This was strong stuff that a pirate would approve of but was pretty smooth.
I was then a little surprised how much “lighter” the Westward whiskey was in comparison to the rum. Then again, rum tends to have a heavier mouthfeel. I forgot to ask for the mashbill for this whiskey but I’m guessing barley. I found it interesting they’re calling it “Oregon Straight” whiskey so they must be following US regulations for straight whiskey.
I can’t wait to try all of these in a cocktail although I may just have the Aquavit neat as usual!