Award-winning leaders of the American single malt movement, Westward Whiskey are making serious strides in the Aussie market. On the heels of three previous flagship statements comes the cask-strength version of their original single malt, which is now available through Boozebud and Cambridge Cellars. Being huge fans of the whiskey distillery, we were thrilled to partake in an early tasting of this delicious expression. Bursting with flavour and complexity, it offers the epic taste of their signature release in its purest form. From the first whiff to the final finish, this juice fires on multiple cylinders and leaves a deep, stout-like character in its wake.
With the ongoing rise in the popularity of cask strength whiskeys, now is the perfect time for Westward to make their latest move. Crafted from 100% malted barley, their barrel-proof single malt opens on a nose of toasted almond, graham cracker, and black pepper. Flavours of tobacco and chocolate swirl on the palate before closing out on a deep and honeyed malt finish. The distillery itself was founded by former beer brewers and there is indeed a beer-like undercurrent to their flagship range, which only goes to further distinguish releases like this one from its numerous peers.
Westward hails from Portland, Oregon, where the dry weather causes the ABV of their whiskey to increase inside the barrel over time. Hence, they bring it back down to 62.5% before bottling, which is the original cask strength. It comes preceded by the distillery’s award-winning American Single Malt, as well as classic expressions such as the American Single Malt Stout Cask and the Single Malt Pinot Noir Cask. That’s in addition to limited releases like the Opacus Stout Cask and the American Single Malt Rum Cask, both of which we covered in previous articles.
“We’re thrilled to be expanding our flagship portfolio of whiskeys as we continually reimagine what single malts can be,” said Westward CEO and founder Thomas Mooney. “We first introduced Cask Strength at the demand of our local Oregon fans, and since then there has been huge interest from whiskey lovers both locally and globally for quality high proof options, so we’re looking forward to having Australians be able to try our Cask Strength.”
Those who aren’t quite ready for the full brunt of Westward’s dinstinctive flavour profile still owe it to themselves to try something from the iconic distillery. The whiskey maker is continuing to lead the charge of American single malts, with a number of major accolades (including two Double Gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition) to show for it. No matter which bottle you score, expect seriously nuanced taste with rich texture, conspicuous beer-based undertones, and blasts of chocolate and espresso at the finish. And if only the purest statement will suffice, look no further than the new Cask Strength Single Malt, now available through Boozebud and Cambridge Cellars.