Today the Portland, OR distillery Westward Whiskey announces their latest product in the form of a solera-aged expression that incorporates some of their oldest liquid.  This release is comprised of liquid taken from a twenty-one barrel Solera system that includes some of Westward’s oldest and most precious whiskeys, bottled at 43% ABV (86 proof), and is in an individually numbered gift box.  Westward Milestone comes with an SRP of $250 and will be available to the public on November 8th, 2023.


John H.


Press Release


November 1st, 2023

November 1, 2023 (Portland, Ore.) – Westward Whiskey, the pinnacle of American whiskey raised from the elements of the Northwest, proudly unveils Westward Whiskey Milestone®. The award-winning producer has launched its first-ever annual luxury release, which will evolve and change with each year. By far the most ambitious, limited, and exclusive whiskey they have ever crafted, this intricately complex expression is a Milestone for Westward and triumph in American whiskey.

Westward Whiskey Milestone showcases Verum Factum, their maker’s knowledge gleaned through years of experience. With Milestone, they have drawn from Old World winemaking, distilling, and maturation traditions, bringing them to life in an entirely new way – one that had yet to be applied to American whiskey, until now.

Westward Whiskey Milestone is crafted from a twenty-one barrel Solera system that includes some of their oldest and most precious whiskeys and a long, slow proofing process. Together, these techniques raise this whiskey to showcase the full spectrum of nearly twenty years of expertise and work. Westward Whiskey Milestone reflects more complex aromas, a long, lingering finish, and unparalleled depth of flavor while still allowing Westward’s signature fruity notes to shine.

Under the guidance of Master Blender Miles Munroe, the company will draw off a small fraction of this whiskey for each annual release, replacing it with something unique from the barrel house. This fractional blending and meticulous proofing process will continue year after year.

Thomas Mooney, Founder & CEO, Westward Whiskey said, “For nearly twenty years, we have pushed the boundaries to elevate American whiskey. Harnessing this maker’s knowledge, we challenged ourselves to explore what the ultimate expression of Westward Whiskey could be. Milestone is our masterpiece – a truly special whiskey that celebrates the legacy of our past and the promise of our future.”

CEO Thomas Mooney, Photo: Carly Diaz

Miles Munroe, Master Blender, Westward Whiskey added, “With Milestone, we have selected our most distinctive whiskeys and crafted a 21-barrel Solera system of slow-proofed spirit that will continue to evolve over time to ensure our story and vision will also progress into the future. Pulling from the archives, we have integrated some of our oldest whiskeys with a selection of beautiful wine and wood finishes, both from our home near in Willamette Valley and from coveted winemaking regions around the world.”

Master Blender Miles Monroe, Photo: Carly Diaz

Each custom bottle of Westward Whiskey Milestone is individually numbered and is accompanied by an elegant gift box inspired by the company’s Northwest heritage. Each gift box contains an individually numbered bottle and unique registration code.

Included with each purchase is a printed invitation to join the Milestone Society, the company’s invitation-only community of enthusiasts, open exclusively to bottle holders. To register and join, consumers will scan an enclosed QR code and share some basic information. Benefits include more information on the making of Milestone, notifications for future limited Westward releases, and access to exclusive events across the country.

Westward Whiskey Milestone is bottled at 43% ABV (86 proof) and offered at $249.95 for 750ml. It will be available to the general public on November 8, sold exclusively at www.westwardwhiskey.com.

Tasting Notes:

Aroma: Candied citrus, heather honey, toasted almonds, toffee

Palate: Raisin and plum, light butterscotch, cinnamon spice and walnuts

Finish: Brown sugar, baking spices, rich dried fruit with lingering vanilla

The pinnacle of American whiskey. Westward began in 2004 with a vision: to make a distinctive American whiskey inspired by the culture, climate, and natural ingredients of the American Northwest. From humble beginnings to its impressive footprint today, creating a bold, robust, and delicious whiskey has remained the team’s true passion. For nearly two decades, the company has proudly been a leading voice for American whiskey. Westward’s flagship family of whiskeys, which have earned high praise around the world (including Double Gold and Gold Medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for all four whiskeys) includes Westward Whiskey Original, Westward Whiskey Pinot Noir Cask, and Westward Whiskey Stout Cask, and Westward Whiskey Cask Strength. Westward Whiskey is available nationwide and in select international markets. Visit WestwardWhiskey.com for more info, follow along on Facebook and Instagram, and find a bottle near you today.

Final thoughts…

I love seeing news come in from all corners of the American whiskey world, and Westward launching this limited edition with plans to have it evolve year after year sounds like there is only more to come.  Stay tuned for a review to follow.  Thanks for reading along.  Cheers!

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