Westward American Single Malt Whiskey Rum Cask (2022)


Classification: American Single Malt Whiskey Finished in Guatemalan Rum Casks

Company: Westward Whiskey

Distillery: Westward Whiskey

Release Date: August 2022

Proof: 100

Age: NAS

Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley

Color: Rose Gold

MSRP: $100 (2023)

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Bright malt | Frosted Flakes cereal | Orange zest | Light raw sugar | Vibrant


Cereal grain | Sugar sweetness | Citrus | Stone fruit | Caramel | Unique combination of flavors


Citrus | Brown sugar | Peach | White pepper | Warming & long


Building off a 100% malt base, sweet complementary rum flavors add depth to this American single malt.

Westward Whiskey is located in Portland, Oregon and specializes in a category of whiskey that’s particularly notable right now, American single malt. Westward offers a variety of finished single malts, including Pinot Noir Casks, Stout Casks, and more.

Rum Cask starts with Westward’s Single Malt Whiskey as a base, and then it’s finished in ex-Guatemalan rum casks. Guatemalan rum is distilled from fermented virgin cane syrup, as opposed to molasses, and has a rich history that dates back as far as 1591. The cane sugar sweetness shows through against the malt base, permeating through the entire whiskey. However, Westward’s base malt maintains the backbone of the flavor profile, and isn’t shy about its malt notes. The rum sweetness works in complement with the malt base - even though they’re two very different flavor realms but somehow it just works. Overall, Westward Rum Cask is a fun, unique combination of flavors that doesn’t taste like any of the growing number of rum finished whiskeys you may find on the shelf.

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: Nick Beiter

February 2, 2023
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