Westward "Single Barrel #B-236-11" K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single Barrel American Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1426196

We selected this excellent cask of Westward Single Malt way back in 2018. They've been one of the most consistently good and innovative producers of Single Malt in the modern era of Craft Distillation. While the fabulous House Distillery was made famous for their now ubiquitous Aviation Gin, it is the single malt that they are truly drives them. Their new larger facility opened in 2015 and has allowed them to expand single malt production. Malt now represents the majority of production and they're clearly in the top tier of craft whiskey producers in the US. Westward do things a bit differently, focused on creating a truly unique American Single Malt, without losing site of the goal -making it delicious. The whisky starts will local grown two-row barley milled and cooked, but unlike most single malt, they incorporate a boil to inoculate from the growth of Lactobacillus and other unwanted critters. This technique is almost exclusively used in beer production. Next, a powerfully flavored ale yeast goes to town on the rich sugary wash. Double distilled in pots and filled into new #2 char, 36 mo air cure American oak, a craft whiskey with the soul of craft beer. This specific cask was distilled way back in 2013 and bottled at the end of 2018 making it the oldest single barrel Westward has every bottled. Bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration, the ultra-high proof is dangerously deceptive. Big bold malty flavors mesh perfectly with the rich sweet and spicy oak.


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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
We I visited Portland back in the summer of 2018, I totally blown away by the scale with which House Spirits has committed to their Westward Single Malt. These guys are distilling lots of great whiskey and while other brands constantly release special editions, new expressions and one offs, Westward has devoted itself to one singular product. The results are in the bottle, but I finally convinced them that the world wanted more! After a year of waiting, we finally have it. This insane cask of 6 year old Single Malt bottled at full strength is one of the most interesting things we've ever put into the bottle. I've always been worried about how older American Single Malt would handle the oak, but this cask proves there's no limit to the amount of age, when you start with a robust flavor spirit. On first nosing, you're overwhelmed by deep dark chocolate maltiness. Powerful aromas of roasted hazelnuts, grilled peach, red fruit compote, exotic honey, woodsy underbrush and zesty citrus peel. On the palate it's pure malt framed by dark tea, sweet caramel and powerful spice. But add a few splashes of water and you've got something much more supple and quaffable. Now we move into the gorgeous orchard fruit, honeysuckle, nougat, cracked pepper and subtle herbal under tons. The palate continues with the bright malt, stones fruits and some pepper, but finishes long and warming like a glass of sweet barley tea. I've rarely come across craft single malt this complex and put together. The style is the perfect balance between the bold malt flavors and the heady woodsy aromatics that an American whiskey drinker might love. I don't know if I'd call this a crossover whiskey because it just feels like it should inherently appeal to anyone, but it's certainly one of the most exciting products we have in the store right now.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
The American whiskey is one of the most exciting products in today's beverage scene and has grown well beyond its original roots in the deep south. The Westward whiskeys represent the cutting edge of what’s happening in the Pacific Northwest. Our spirits team secured another K&L exclusive with this 6-year-old single malt. It’s an assertive little number, but with a splash of spring water, you can tame this robust libation and enjoy the purity of cask-strength American whiskey. The nose is amazingly complex, bursting forth like a fire hydrant with cocoa, nuts, caramel, flowers, pepper, and herbs. With just the right amount of water, to your taste, you can enjoy the palate's interpretation of one of the most interesting and compelling domestic whiskeys I’ve tried in quite some time. This is just one more example of why K&L has one of the most dynamic spirits programs in the US.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2019 | Send Email
The oldest barrel Portland’s Westward has ever released (distilled in 2013), our exclusive cask is intense! Immediately aromatic in the glass, Single Barrel #B-236-11 features locally-sourced two row barley from Oregon, showing pleasing malt and cocoa up front. There’s a ton of oak influence through the heady palate, with a take-no-prisoners spicy finish. This 131 proof cask strength version begs for water, but once you’ve found the perfect ratio, it sings with complexity, enhancing everything from caramel pralines to woodsy, slightly herbaceous notes. This experiential whiskey is not for the timid, but can be finessed into something special.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2019 | Send Email
So often when we taste in a professional setting, we try our best to break things down into qualities that readers can identify, interpret and evaluate with relative ease. This, however, is one of those rare occasions where a spirit bucks conventional characterization, as it is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Truthfully, I tasted this four times before writing, and each time I got a different impression; there is so much going on here. Sweet, crunchy grain; savory dough and marzipan; plum and cherry; tons of spice; and sweet caramel with a touch of fudge, all wrapped up in a taut, fiery expression of young but astoundingly complex malt. Candied almonds and chamomile in the midpalate arrive suddenly at a snappy, savory, spicy finish that lingers with dark, brooding chocolate and toasted oak. With enough water to cut the proof, suddenly it feels like a much tamer beast: salty pralines, banana and peach cobbler purr softly, with some of the heat replaced by nutmeg and allspice. Either way you sample it, this is delicious, and definitely worthy of multiple revisits.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2019 | Send Email
The nose is full of caramel and orange rind, and some stone fruit in the background. On the palate for me...ok I had to add some water to this 131 proof was a bit too powerful for my delicate palate, but then a lot more intrigue, more honeyed than caramel character came forward with some elder-flower. Powerful, decisive spirit with real depth and persistence.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Malt

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 65.5