Westward American Single Malt Whiskey

Overall rating
83.04/100
votes
49
Whiskybase ID
WB186071
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Casktype
Virgin Oak
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
True Northwest
Barcode
0853507000154
Added on
24 jun 2021 9:16 pm by Likudi
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 65.08

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49 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Westward American Single Malt Whiskey

15 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.04 points.

  1. DistiLesha scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty and juicy aroma, sharper, but unusual taste with a completely different aftertaste.
    A vivid example when the aroma, taste and aftertaste are completely different, but this is not a reason to significantly lower the mark for balance, because balance is not about that.
    22 21 21 20
    • Nose
      Hibiscus, spices, malt mixed with raw sawdust, soot on stones after a fire, pear-lemon tart with buttercream, vanilla, apple hookah tobacco, sunflower oil.
      In the air, the aroma does not degrade, but it becomes easier.
    • Taste
      I expected the same delicacy and sophistication, but met with a rougher profile.
      Only fruity notes remained with a little bit of duchess and notes of soot phenols from the fragrance. Suddenly, hemp seeds and hops appeared.
      Spices of tannins and youth, as well as vanilla, also remained in place.
      And also rowan bitterness and sourness, dryness and astringent sensations in the mouth, as if drinking "oak" cognac.
    • Finish
      Hops, licorice, fruity notes, then tannins gain weight and boldly dry out the mouth in a boorish way, as street hooligans do.

  2. YD84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Wood, caramel, hay, dust, vanilla, cream, sweet orchard fruits, chocolate, creme brulee. Rich creamy texture. Very nice.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. man2392 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Pineapple chunks, camp coffee and steeped black tea.

    I really like it but am not sure I'd get through an entire bottle.

  4. JBKwb scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. larswehmeier scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Mild, light American malt that moves pleasantly between two worlds and definitely seeks proximity to bourbon.
    • Nose
      Caramel, sweet apple, some oak, marzipan, sweet cherry
    • Taste
      Mild and sweet. Oak back. Chocolate. herbal
    • Finish
      Mild. Panna cotta. Fine oak acidity reminiscent of tobacco leaves.

  6. ramyres scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      76 76
      Damp wood, green walnut shells, tobacco
    • Taste
      78 78
      sharp, peppery, burnt caramel, slightly musty, musty oak
    • Finish
      76 76
      medium long, bitter sweet, tobacco, slightly musty again

  7. whisky666 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. butt scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Lagavulin16 scored this whisky 70 points Member Junior

    Nose: fruity with nice aroma of grain
    Mouth: very sharp for 45%, gets milder with time and/or water, hints of fruit and grain

  10. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    I'm quite excited about all these American Whiskey distilleries. Not much American single malt comes out this way, but what has, has endeared me towards the (soon to be ratified) classification.

    The focus on the barley is really interesting. It seems like they are hedging their bets and future proofing their identity by putting a lot of focus on this, while also experimenting with casks in the same way as many of the more modern scotch producers.

    My three most recent forays have been offerings from distilleries all over the country (Griffo - California, Roughstock- Montana, Westward - Oregon) in very different climates, but I'm starting to find some recurring tones that seems to transcend location: Coffee and Chocolate, mostly, but also turmeric which is growing on me.

    The Westward is easily the most delicate of the recent drams, with a much lighter spice presence despite the same 45% ABV.

    Very nice all round, but missing a bit of oomph, IMO.

    I've seen some Cask Strength versions knocking around and I would definitely be interested in trying some Westward that had a bit more kick.

    Still, I'm glad I got the opportunity to try this one.
    • Nose
      Pine resin, chocolate toffee, mixed tree nuts (walnut, Hazel and pine), dark brown malted bread, dried figs, turmeric
    • Taste
      Gentle arrival of malted barley, filter coffee with a ton of half and half, earthy tobacco, more chocolate
    • Finish
      Slightly cool eucalyptus, apples stewed with brown sugar, a touch of lemon juice and a dollop of sweet double cream.

  11. nikolajsa@inbox.lv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      herbs, cinnamon, pine, some honey
    • Taste
      83 83
      herbs, oak, spices, something creamy
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium-short, herbs, oak, brown sugar

  12. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Westward Single Malt Whiskey 45%.

    30ml at home, Sep 2021.

    Good dark golden orange colour. Looks nice in the glass.

    Aroma is stroopwafel, chamomile, apple flesh, the faintest kiwi or guava. The combination is reminding me of sponge cake at a birthday party but with cheap papery icing. Later on there are bread crusts. Oat cakes. Faint vanilla. Definitely interesting and unusual.

    Taste is soft on the palate, it has a soft but forceful flavour if that makes sense - good potency but with the rough edges filed down, drinks very easy indeed. There are some caramel-chocolate vibes in the way that a discount shop might do a cheap knockoff of an established brand. Recalling Cadburys Eclairs to mind, but not quite. Just a touch of black tea on the finish. Maybe a vague liquorice note. Salty impressions, but not in an aggressive way. The drinkability is huge. Oak tea comes in on the nose after a while and detracts. I don't think I'd necessarily come back to this but it's a perfectly solid enough whiskey. 3.375/81

  13. A.S. Bak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. whiskytornado scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. GJR scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

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