House Spirits, the makers of Aviation Gin, has expanded into the whiskey world, and they aren’t messing around. Westward is a very small-batch 100% single malt whiskey made from locally sourced (Pacific Northwest) barley. Westward Oregon Straight Malt is fermented with Scottish and American ale yeasts, then double pot distilled. The spirit is aged in full-size, new American oak barrels for two years.
Despite its evident youth and substantial cost, this is an exciting and engaging whiskey you ought to try. Viscous and honey-colored, it’s unassuming to the eye and mysterious on the nose, with earthy honey notes, and a bit of orange peel. On the palate, things get exciting, quick. The honey character is there in the body in spades, with lots of citrus, some light cereal notes, and a touch of smoke on the back end. All of this melds well together, the slightly thick body pulling the various flavors together into a really cohesive whole. The sweet, almost candied finish is incredibly inviting, requiring further exploration with each sip. Highly worthwhile.
90 proof. Reviewed: Batch #2, bottle #392.