In celebration of the berry that is exclusively grown in the Pacific Northwest, Portland’s Eastside Distilling is bottling its Oregon Marionberry Whiskey for release this September.
Oregon Marionberry Whiskey is made using Oregon marionberries and bourbon whiskey from select distilleries across the country that has rested in Oregon oak casks.
This will be Eastside’s newest product after launching six offerings this spring, including three handcrafted whiskeys (Rye, Bourbon, Single Malt) and three other small batch products (Rum, Gin, Brandy).
The Oregon marionberry, a cross between Chehalem and Olallie blackberries, was bred at Oregon State University as part of a berry-developing partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the 1950s. It is named for Marion County in the Willamette Valley, where the field tests took place and where many marionberries are still grown today.
Eastside’s Head Distiller, Jason Ericson describes it as “The Cabernet of Blackberries meets Bourbon Whiskey. I believe marionberry whiskey is where wine drinkers and whiskey drinkers meet”.
“Many of the flavors and aromas of berry and oak will be immediately recognizable to oenophiles. The intense berry flavor mixed with notes of citrus, vanilla, and oak are the perfect introduction to the wide world of whiskey.”
It will be available at select liquor stores, bars, and restaurants in Oregon, Washington, and Texas with wider distribution slated for next year’s berry season. It will also be available for online purchase this fall at eastsidedistilling.com.
Eastside Distilling has been producing spirits in Portland, Oregon since 2008, and specializes in blending, aging, and finishing distillates hand-selected from the spirit producers worldwide.