Valentine Distilling, a Michigan-based distillery, has expanded its spirits portfolio with the release of – Woodward Ltd. Whisky.

The new spirit is made by Valentine Distilling master-distiller and owner Rifino Valentine.

The Woodward Whisky is housed in a bottle with front label featuring red background with silver graphics and a small Belle icon.

The back label is printed with words ‘Handcrafted classic automobiles wait patiently in garages to cruise America’s #1 highway. Woodward Limited – Bourbon handcrafted from corn, rye and barley – has waited patiently for more than four years in maple-infused oak casks. This is not a race. This is a cruise. Our garage door has opened. Enjoy the ride.’

Woodward is the fourth product released by Valentine.

The recent release was in 2013 when Valentine launched Liberator Gin, which won the ‘Best of Category – Gold Medal,’ ‘Best of Class’ for the Contemporary Rectified Gin at the American Distilling Institute’s 7th Annual Judging of Artisan American Spirits competition, and Gold Medal from the Beverage Testing Institute’s International Review of Spirits Competition.

In 2012, the company released White Blossom made from Elderflower flowers that won also won Gold Medal.

The company’s first product was triple-grain Valentine Vodka launched in March 2009.

Valentine said the company’s goal, from the beginning, has been to bring manufacturing back not only to this country, but to Detroit.

"We’ve always set our sights on crafting spirits that compete on the international level. To win these competitions, topping some of the biggest and best companies in the world, is not only personally satisfying, but also serves the economic purpose of bringing manufacturing back," he added.

"Our philosophy has always been ‘don’t drink Valentine spirits just because they are local – drink them because they are better."

The company’s products can now be found in more than 2,400 outlets throughout Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee and New York.

Image: Valentine Distilling’s Woodward Whiskey is bottled at 43% ABV. Photo courtesy of Valentine Distilling Co.