Classification: American Single Malt
Company: Westward Whiskey
Distillery: Westward Whiskey
Release Date: May 2022
Age: NAS (Company states High Desert distilled November 2016 and Klamath distilled May 2017)
Mashbill: 100% Oregon Malted Barley
Color: Bright Copper
MSRP: $100 (2022)
Bright malted barley | Roasted nuts | Light baking chocolate | Light fresh green grapes
Candy corn | Heavy roasted malt | Light oak | Dry chocolate | Hints of burnt caramel | Creamy mouthfeel | Complex & enjoyable
Chewy oak | Toasted malt | White peppercorn | Dark chocolate toffee bites | Slow build up of heat | Lingering
Westward Whiskey has made a name for themselves in the American single malt space, and they continue to innovate in this area with the release of Elements: High Desert to Klamath Basin. This release is exclusive to the company’s Westward Whiskey Club, and is adorned with a plaque stating such, along with the bottle's unique numbering scheme. According to the press release, “the first of a forthcoming Elements series that will explore the provenance of the Northwest - is an innovative representation of the producer’s Oregon home. Westward American Single Malt Elements: High Desert to Klamath Basin is made from elements sourced from Oregon, including two-row spring barley developed at Oregon State University. Prized for its flavor, the varietal is called Full Pint and is grown all around Klamath. This feature also includes a select blending from barley grown and malted in Madras, the central high desert, which was finished in Garryana (Oregon white oak) casks from Oregon Barrel Works, the Pacific Northwest’s only cooperage.”
Elements: High Desert to Klamath Basin is a really interesting malt delivering an enjoyable sip that both experienced American single malt drinkers and those new to the category can appreciate. The sip opens with a nose that nicely weaves together its earthy and fruit-like scents surprisingly well. Easily the highlight of the sip, the palate delivers sweet flavors through a base of sweet notes without ever being overly sweet or overly dry. Ending on lingering notes of light heat and dark chocolate toffee bites, the whiskey quickly draws you back in for more. Elements: High Desert to Klamath Basin is another great example of Westward Whiskey’s distilling prowess.
The bottle being reviewed is Bottle 1611.