Westward American Single Malt Chardonnay Cask


Classification: American Single Malt Finished in Chardonnay Casks

Company: Westward Whiskey

Distillery: Westward Whiskey

Release Date: November 2022

Proof: 90

Age: NAS

Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley

Color: Bright Copper

MSRP: $100 (2023)

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Bright malted barley | Golden raisins | Hint of baking chocolate | Light oak | Morning dew | Hay | Clear chardonnay influence | Dense aromas


Rich chocolate notes | Oak | Malted barley | White peppercorn spice | Buttery mouthfeel | The chardonnay finish has a hard time coming through


Dry baking chocolate | Aged oak | Light peppercorn | Dry | Light lingering heat


Utilizing chardonnay casks as finishing barrels is no match for the strong undertones of the base whiskey that shines through with Westward American Single Malt Chardonnay Cask.

Westward American Single Malt Chardonnay Cask utilizes the company’s standard single malt whiskey finished for one year in French Oak casks from Tonnellerie Nadalié in Ludon-Médoc. These casks previously held chardonnay from an undisclosed Russian River Valley winery. The November release of Westward American Single Malt Chardonnay Cask consists of 3,333 bottles. It was exclusively released as part of the company’s whiskey club, which is free to join.

Chardonnay cask finishing isn’t uncommon, however, due to the lighter nature of the grape versus say a bold red varietal, the end result can be hit or miss. In the case of Westward American Single Malt Chardonnay Cask the finishing has exactly this effect. The sip starts off with a bright and dynamic nose that clearly highlights the chardonnay finishing and mixes wonderfully with Westward’s standard malt notes. However, the palate had me literally say “whoa” out loud as rich classic malt notes came rushing forward while none of the bright aromas the nose led you to believe would be there materialized - and the same can be said for the finish. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, as Westward’s standard American malt is quite good, however, when paying a premium for a finished whiskey you also expect the finishing barrel to impart more of a noticeable difference. Westward American Single Malt Chardonnay Cask will please those who are fans of the brand, but those looking for a heavy influence from their finished whiskeys may want to consider one of the brand’s other finished selections.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Jordan Moskal

February 20, 2023
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