wanderback distillery american single malt whiskey

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)

Wanderback Batch No. 1 American Single Malt Whiskey

Wanderback Batch No. 1 American Single Malt Whiskey


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)

Proof: 90

Released: September 2017

Batch No. 1 is a delightful sipping whiskey. The nose has a light pleasant aroma of campfire smoke and the palate is stone fruit, anise, with a gentle finish of both dark chocolate and very light smoke.
— Steven Shomler: The Whiskey Wash

Batch No.2 (great ASM gateway for bourbon drinkers)

Wanderback Batch No. 2 American Single Malt Whiskey

Wanderback Batch No. 2 American Single Malt Whiskey


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

Proof: 100

Released: October 2018

Batch No. 2’s palate is dry and oaky, with hints of spice, oranges and a long finish ending with a delicious sweet and salty sensation
— Blake Reiber: The Bourbonr

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.

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