Oregon’s Wheyward Spirit recently launched a new, barrel-aged expression with the heart of a whiskey and the guts of sustainably-distilled whey spirits.
They’re calling it Wheyskey, and a statement from the spirit maker says that this could make a mark on the U.S. spirits category with a first-of-its-kind, aged specialty whey spirit in the vein of whiskey.
Wheyskey’s first barrel release is now available nationwide through Wheyward Spirit’s website.
Wheyskey is a barrel-aged version of their award-winning Wheyward Spirit, which has a distinct flavor naturally created during the fermentation and distilling process and fully blossoms and matures through oak aging.
The distiller noted that Wheyskey incorporates the natural development of oaky vanilla, toffee, and warm spice during the farm-to-cask journey. And the end result of Wheyward Spirit’s products are free from additives and flavorings, as well as being gluten-free, grain-free, and lactose-free.
Wheyskey clocks in at 80 proof and has a retail price of $69.95 for a 750ml bottle.
“At Wheyward Spirit, our ethos is about breaking boundaries and bringing to market better tasting and more approachable spirits made responsibly and domestically,” said Wheyward founder and CEO, Emily Darchuk.
She forged her career as a food scientist in the natural food and dairy industry, and working with dairies, she said she observed firsthand the problem of whey waste and its effect on small communities.
What she saw motivated her enough to do something about it, and soon followed years of innovation work that went into the launch of Wheyskey.
“I truly believe this spirit will be a game changer for both the liquor and dairy industry as well as consumers who are drinking more mindfully and are seeking more approachable and versatile options where they can actually taste a difference and make a difference,” she said.
Wheyskey upcycles the underutilized, domestically-produced whey instead of using a traditional grain as a whiskey would. Wheyward’s production taps into the billions of pounds of whey that goes to waste annually.
Wheyward Spirits’ products are now available for delivery to 36 states through the organization’s website and regional retailers. For more information, check out www.wheywardspirit.com.