Take the classic Westward American Single Malt, finish it in Oregon stout casks and you get this: Westward Oregon Stout Cask Single Malt Whiskey. Beer finished whiskey isn’t anything new, Jameson Stout Cask has been around for a while, but on the whole it’s a fairly rare process that can unearth some truly unique flavor and aroma profiles.
Especially when the whiskey in question starts life more like a beer than a traditional single malt. Even to the point of using ale yeast to produce a more beer-like distiller’s beer. Combine that spirit with some high-quality beer casks and you have a recipe for something fun… and potentially fantastic.
Westward Oregon Stout Cask Single Malt Whiskey – Details and Tasting Notes
Region: Oregon, USA
Distiller: House Spirits Distillery
Mash: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: New Charred Oak and ex-Stout
Age: 4+ Years
Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color
Tootsie Rolls, copper, raw malt, sourness, orange peel, spice, cinnamon, dried dark fruit, melon rind and oak.
Maltiness, cocoa, copper, sourness, orange peel, spice, cinnamon, dried df, melon rind and a hop-like bitterness and tannic bite
Med-long -> Hop-like, oak, malt and cocoa.
BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Greta, med-full, soft oily
Westward Oregon Stout Cask Single Malt Whiskey – Overall
Aroma is deeply complex, interesting, fun and just good all-around with a nice delivery of citrus, spice and fruity profiles wrapped in chocolate – I need a diffuser that smells like this, I want my house to smell like this when I walk through the door; Palate holds a perfect malt and beer balance with that same warm chocolate note threading through with the spices and fruit; Finish is the most like the regular single malt, but with that cocoa note weaving through here as well.
This is darn good and I’m loving every sip and sniff of it. This is my kind of dessert whiskey.
Westward Oregon Stout Cask Single Malt Whiskey – Final Thoughts and Score
I get so much cocoa out of this it reminds me of the whiskeys made using chocolate malt like the Balcones Rye. But below the chocolate in this one is a complex array of fruit and spice and oak and metallic notes. It’s sweet, it’s sour, it’s bitter, it’s fruity, it’s tannic, it’s a tad floral at times, but most importantly, it’s fun.
The Westward Oregon Stout Cask Single Malt Whiskey is my favorite of their lineup for sure. It’s heavy, but manages a balance and beauty that keeps the senses interested. It’s a whiskey I’ll keep reaching for till the bottle is empty.
Westward Oregon Stout Cask Single Malt Whiskey Review
A dark and beautiful whiskey that shows what a perfectly balanced delivery of a beer-finished whiskey should be. Just fantastic.
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