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REVIEW: WESTWARD OREGON STRAIGHT MALT WHISKEY

09 Jun
REVIEW: WESTWARD OREGON STRAIGHT MALT WHISKEY

DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the manufacturer. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.

Color: Toffee

Nose: Sweet Honey And Vanilla, Malted Cereal, Maple, Spice, and Light Oak

Taste: Honey, Barley, Maple, Spice, Caramel, Dried Apricot, and Oak

Finish: Short, but smooth finish with lots of spice, oak, and a tinge of spearmint.

Score:
Rick- LOVED IT!
Sam- 9.5/10.0
Overall- 9.5/10.0

The fine folks at House Spirits sent me this excellent Westward straight malt whiskey. This is made from 100% malted barley grown in the pacific northwest and is fermented with ale yeast that really changes the character. It is also double pot distilled and matured in two-char american oak barrels, giving it an Irish twist. Finally, it is aged for two years before being bottled without chill filtering.

The nose on this goes straight to the head. It is intoxicating on it’s own. The sweet honey and vanilla stroll casually up to greet you,. The barley and maple arrive together reminding me of Maple and brown sugar oatmeal. The spice and oak hang out in the background, there but not boisterous. I enjoyed the bouquet from this extensively. It is just one of those whiskeys that beg to be inhaled.

The first sip is sweet at first but doesn’t last long. Westward has a nice mouth-feel that really coats your tongue, bathing you in all of it’s richness. I have to give credit to my lovely wife yet again. The woman doesn’t like whiskey, but her taste buds are extraordinary. The best I could come up with was dried fruit, but one sip and bam! She nails it. Dried apricot, as soon as she said it I knew she was right. These folks are definitely on the right track with this fine whiskey.

The finish has its’ own secrets. It is a bit short, but by no means inconsequential. The spice really hits home at the end along with a nice smoky oak in the background. The real surprise is the taste of spearmint that lingers on the tongue. the short finish is due to this being a relatively young whiskey. A few more years in the barrel will cure that.

I know I say this quite often, but this seriously would be in my liquor cabinet at all times. Except, for the price tag. This really is the only downfall for Westward. At $50 for 375ml bottle, I find that a little hard to cough up for a 2 year old bottle. I can pick up 22 year old 750ml bottles for the same price. I’m not saying don’t try it, because I definitely loved it. I’m just saying invite me over to enjoy it with you!

I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome. Contact info can be found HERE

Until Next Time,

Slàinte Mhath!

P.S.-That is Rick in the background. He needs some encouragement to add his voice to our blog. Let him know that you’d love to hear from him!

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