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Portland’s Westward Whiskey — nee House Spirits — has not too long ago added a brand new whiskey to its everlasting lineup, the fourth expression now on supply. Westward Single Malt Cask Energy is a full-proof expression of its authentic American Single Malt, which we final reviewed beneath its outdated Home Spirits branding (a two yr outdated whiskey on the time).
Let’s dive in.
That is high-test American single malt in all its glory. Notes of moist saddle, hemp rope, and inexperienced grass are all full of life on the nostril, punctuated with notes of spice field and tobacco. There’s a number of wooden right here, nevertheless it’s not overbearing — although it seems like one other yr in a brand new oak barrel could be an excessive amount of for the fragile malt to deal with. The palate gives extra to consider: whereas racy on the tongue because of its 62.5% abv, it’s laden with notes of stewed fruits and spicy black pepper earlier than ultimately falling again on an intensely malt-driven spine, components of sesame seed and toasted almonds lingering ceaselessly. The warmth sticks with you: It’s a whiskey that may stand some water, although the courageous needn’t hassle.