Westward Whiskey Distillery was founded by Christian Krogstad, who graduated from the Siebel Institute of Technology — America’s oldest brewing academy. He worked at craft breweries and a vineyard before founding what would become Westward in 2004 to bring his vision for an American Single Malt to life. The Westward team was expanded in 2011 when Thomas Mooney joined as co-founder and CEO, accelerating growth and bringing that vision to a wider audience. Today, this Oregon distillery produces signature Spirit brands including Krogstad Aquavit, Volstead Vodka, Casa Magdalena Rum, and Westward Whiskey.
Westward American Single Malt Whiskey starts its journey as an American Pale Ale that goes through slow fermentation and double distillation that turns the brewy caterpillar into a beautiful Whiskey butterfly. The new Spirit is then matured in lightly toasted new American Oak barrels. No shortcuts are taken, an approach that resulted in Double Gold at San Francisco World Spirits Competition. If you're lost, always go Westward.
First tasting bottle. The smell is a bit medicinal but the taste is complex and good.
Well balanced. Solid attempt at replicating old world single malt whiskey.
This was the best out of the American single malt taster box! I liked and was surprised how smooth it was. As a collector is American Single Malts this one has been added to my collection!
Very smooth tasting with a nice bite towards the end. I gave it a 9/10 because of the price.
out of all 3 of the tasters that came in this box this was the best. All the tasters had some peat to them and I didn't love the flavors.
Meh. Not great.
Very nice nose, a bit more spice than I normally like but was very smooth. Just felt like the spice overpowered some of the other flavors.
Really smooth. Might have been rated higher but price to taste I’m giving it a 7.
This is a truly sipping whiskey. smooth and flavorful.
Got it in the taster kit. Poured it neat. Spent a lot of time trying to identify nuances of the nose. Something odd. I hope it wasn't the glass. I finally identified the predominant scent as Play-Dough! That affected the rest of the tasting experience - in a negative way
Very approachable, sweet up front, smooth finish. Tasted the cinnamon.
Nose was amazing. I smelt apple cider. The taste was like apple pie with some cinnamon and light wood that tasted like crust. So happy!
Smooth, light, makes an excellent mixer as well as straight.
Fantastic example of an American Single Malt
Interesting mix of grass (barley), pepper spice and smoke/oak. Fairly balanced, but not much sweetness
Good and would drink but might now buy. Subtle hint of butterscotch.
Quite good, bought it directly from the distillery here in PDX. Smooth but with bold flavors and a nice smokiness.
Smooth and inoffensive
Soft on the nose. On the rocks, smooth and very drinkable. I’ve seen these guys at the PDX airport and it’s heat to be able to taste it.
Good American single malt. Pleasing nose, soft notes of spice (maybe mint) and caramel. Taste has undertones of coffee and caramel, and it finishes smoothly with a hint of spice. Best American single malt I've tried
Peppery taste. Oily, but not complex. I think this is a love it or hate it scotch and I don't love it.
Smooth and easy to drink. Tasted a bit nutty to me, so would be great for fall and winter.
Not bad - fruity and herbal, a little spicy. Definitely different from the other whiskeys I’ve tried.
Nice cinnamon spice finish.
Smooth with a nice back. Slight smoke with hints of nuts and vanilla
Very smooth, dry, a pleasant taste!
What an unusual dram! I’m uncertain, but I’m tempted to buy a bottle to decide whether I love it or not. There’s a very strong taste that I haven’t found in any other whiskey. Maybe it’s butterscotch - more like treacle? First impression was: coffee.
It is a excellent US single malt and I will order again.
Very smooth malted barley flavor followed with a very distinct taste of butterscotch. I was unable to detect the cocoa or lemon on the finish. Tasty overall
A fine sipper, probably *very* good in a Manhattan. Spicy, fiery, with a hint of sweetness. Coats the mouth in sweet pepper and corn.
It's pretty sweet, but I really enjoyed this whiskey. I'll definitely be ordering a full bottle of this one.
I didn’t get much on the nose, maybe a little floral or fruit. Initial taste was slightly sharp and a little spice. Finish was somewhat grainy and stuck around for a bit. I’m not sure I’ve had an American single malt before; it was enjoyable, but definitely not a favorite taste.
Sweeter but not too sweet. This is a fairly smooth and enjoyable whiskey.
My preference is for heavily peated single malt scotches like Lagavulin and Laphroaig, but I bought this because I wanted to try an American whiskey. I was not disappointed, it does taste very different from what I am used too. It took a few drams (smiley), but I really enjoyed the slightly sweet and smooth taste. I will be buying more for sure.
I get a delicious earthiness from this punctuated from a slight bitter citrus note. There’s other things in here that I can’t quite put my finger on but they’re delicious.
Just okay, too sweet for my taste
Didn’t enjoy the finish. My least favorite of the American trio
Enjoyable whiskey. Not too sweet, good texture, notes of butterscotch, lemon, and wheaty goodness.
Fantastic warmth. Baking spice with hints of oak. Bit of a dry finish but not unpleasant.
Dried fruit and black licorice notes just aren’t my thing.
This was my favorite from the new world single malt taster.
This whiskey turned me from a wine enthusiast to a whiskey lover. I never dreamed whiskey could turn me away from my first love.
This is such an underrated whiskey and barley bomb I love it so much, if your a wine liver they have a very limited pinot noir cask finish that will knock your socks off
My wife, who is not a whiskey fan yet, but she loved this one. Extremely gentle with a lot of vanilla. I picked out the dry, but my wife disagreed.
Full of flavor that's not for me
Sweet, with lingering spice
A full and flavorful whiskey
Herbal nose, sweet and fruity and herbal on palate. Short finish. Just a little light for my taste but I can see how others may enjoy it more.
Good, but not great, especially for the price point.
Loved it! This was very smooth with nice a finish. Not harsh at all.
Very good whisky, surprisingly so. I like a smooth, somewhat smokey drink, not harsh or chemical tasting. This American Whisky was great.
Had it in the Tasting Box. It has a real Bourbon taste, which I should have expected since it's aged like bourbon. Definitely has strong herbal notes. It has a bit of an edge in the finish which I didn't really like. Overall okay, but wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.
Had this at the distillery several years ago. VERY happy to be able to source it through Flaviar, since they do not ship to my state. Since this is a single malt, I believe it should be spelled as Whisky, to better denote the true type of spirit. Very malt forward, easy to drink and enjoy with hardly any peat or smoky after taste. Slightly less bite than Glenmorangie and at a better price. Hoping I can keep sourcing this here for many years.
This one was a nice treat. Tasted like dessert. I wouldn't mind having a bottle of this one.
Unique nose and flavors, but just didn’t do it for me. Would drink it if gifted to me, but I won’t go out and purchase this.
Like nothing I've tasted before in terms of whiskey. I love the herbaceous nose followed by sweet butterscotch and not too much heat. I would keep this stocked in my bar for sure.
Really great and unique
A GREAT american "Single Malt". Mellow peat and spices. Much more drinkable than most Scotch Whiskeys. Had it in person at the distillery. REALLY glad i can get it from Flaviar since they do not ship to my state.
What a solid whiskey. Spicy on the nose but a little sweet. I got caramel on the taste, flavor spiral says butterscotch so not a far leap on me. With cinnamon, oak, and some cherry notes, it's a very bourbon profile but with a single malt mouthfeel.
Apparently I’m not a single malt guy. Didn’t care for this. Best in the tasting box, but not enjoyable for me.
Smooth, soft fruity flavors. Very different from the traditional whiskeys. Clean finish
Smooth but a little to spicy for my tastes
Smooth, with just the right amount of spice on the back end.
Very smooth with a Smokey flavor
This was a surprise. The slickness was really enjoyable. I looked for the ginger but could not pull that flavor. I liked this one a lot. Very enjoyable.
I love this whiskey, itis an excellent addition to my whiskey cabinet at home. By far the best American Single Malt I have ever had.
I love the balance flavor profile of this one!
This one keeps getting better and better.
The spiciness hits me a bit hard as it first touched the tongue, but then smoothed out for a nice finish.
Imagining myself woodworking with my grandfather, oak sawdust in the air, butterscotch candy on his breath, and me enjoying a chocolate dipped orange candy. Yeah... good stuff.
Nose was easy, sat on the tongue well but the spiciness and cinnamon finish were more then I enjoy. Definitely tasting the Oak, ginger, and dryness from the flavor wheel but really not to my liking. Overall an overpriced whiskey.
A solid whiskey... price is a little high compared to other whiskeys in my bar
Love the smoothness and aroma.
Very smooth, surprisingly sweet taste as well. Unlike other single malts I've tried. Probably not for everyone, but I enjoyed it a lot.
Nice smokey undertone, with a slight fruit on the nose.
The flavor was amazing!
Don’t sacrifice the flavor, must be frank neat... words cannot express how delicious
Really interesting flavor. Ginger, prune, cinnamon red hots, with just a hint of vanilla. Good whiskey if you want something different.
Good flavor, a bit nosey.
This was good. It was the most Scotch-like of the New World Single Malts tasting box. It was smooth, but a bit dull. It is sweet with a rich mouthfeel that reminded me of cream soda with a bit of a tea after taste.
Good, but I wouldn't pay $71 for it.
Liked the aroma. At first taste I thought it was pleasant, but the second brought out the herbal taste that lingers through the finish. The more I tasted, the less I liked. Good Single Malt, but not a favorite, I probably will not buy again.
Spicy, fruity, very nice
Fruit with vanilla and honey/brown sugar. Grains with light baking spice and on the dryer side. My favorite out of the American Single Malt tasting.
tasty. nice with a bite of cheesecake..
I kept getting notes of honey, even though it wasn’t specified in the description. I enjoyed this one a lot.
Off the beaten path in a good way. Not typical but very approachable, which is a home run in these days of small distilleries pushing whiskey that mostly tastes the same. Enjoyed the profile of fruit and then the vanilla-ginger finish.
Not a fan. The nose smelled a bit sour to me. Totally threw off the rest of my tasting for it. My opinion, definitely over priced. I know actual scotch single malts that go for less and taste better.
Smooth beginning and slightly sweet finish. Easy drinker
This was my A vial, the first tasting out of my box. I can honestly say, the scotch I usually drink, The Macallan 12 year or The Glenlivet 15 doesn't hold a candle to Westward Whiskey. A very smooth and mellow taste.
Very more-ish. Flavor is SPOT ON. Got it in the whiskey advent calendar and enjoyed it a lot.
Had this in my first tasting box and loved it. The best whiskey I've tasted to date. Smooth with a wooden derful flavor profile. I'll be buying g this for sure.
Nice nose,Mellow taste , A dry grainy flavour .
Over all I like it.
Sweet. Caramel, coffee, maple syrup
I thought it would taste like a single malt from Scotland, but it's totally different. You can really taste the malt. Good stuff.
Balanced and Bold!
Enjoyed the smoky aroma and the smooth flavor.
Great beginning taste. Strong after notes. A very good single malt.
Good front end combination of flavor, not a desirable after taste.
One of my favorites thus far. Good fruity undertones and smooth release of spice.
Very enjoyable! The orange and butterscotch flavors are very prominent up front and the spicy finish that creeps up on you is a nice surprise.
Harsh due to strong spicey favor. Tough first sips
Liked the warm ness of the spice/cinnamon, barley is a bit sting/berry but may be nice when missing beer but not wanting the carbonation. Not sure I’d spend $70 for the bottle though.
Very smooth and slightly smoky. My favorite from westward so far.
Lots of almonds and cinnamon. Pleasant and approachable.
Well balanced with great flavor and smooth
Very smooth. Has an apple and honey flavor to it. Great Scotch.
Normally I am not a scotch guy, but I tried the "New World Scotch" tasting pack, and this was great. I loved the fruity beginning.
I loved this one. The butterscotch and vanilla are very forward on the nose and give a nice sweetness to complement the spice and the oak.
Loads of malt
Very interesting. Definitely a nice whiskey. The mesquite smoke is very different than your regular peaty scotches
Reminded me of cigars, vanilla notes. Loved this. (Neat)
Drinks like a rye. It’s OK. Not the smoothest, not too spicy. Had better for the $.
Excellent choice. Stood out in the taste box. Smooth with consistent flavor and pleasant aroma.
Pleasantly fruity and mild nose with flavor that matches. Smooth and silky on the tongue. The mix of fruit, spice and ginger work well.
Vanilla, caramel, spice, pepper,
Smooth excellent fruity finish.
Loved this from the tasting box. Has a sweet flavor very smooth and tasty both warm and on the rocks. Highly recommend this as a relaxing drink to sip while reading a good book.
Definitely buying this whiskey again. You can sip on this whiskey. There is no need for a mixer, it is smooth and tastes great.
I really enjoyed this, especially with a little ice. Definitely vanilla and caramel, but I got a little grapefruit at the front. A bit unusual, I’d definitely buy a bottle.
I love how the aroma and the long finish both are so earthy. It reminds me that the main ingredients come from nature itself. A nice smooth sipping malt to enjoy during a relaxing evening. I’ll definitely be adding this to my bar and will invite friends to try it themselves. An excellent version of a single malt made right here in the USA... bravo!
Agree with the banana taste, but not terrible. Also easy sipping, overall enjoyable for an American whiskey.
This is one at the very top of my list. There is a lot of complexity without being overly hot.
Not great...sour banana?
Big on the barley
Grain most noticeable taste. Some vanilla and dried fruit and a little spicy. Not really a favorite.
I got a strong note of caramel on the nose with a spicy, metallic and short finish. Very different from what I have tried, just not my favorite.
Doesn’t scream for me. Not sure why. Banana?
Solid example of an American single malt. Light on the nose with malt, vanilla, caramel, and mild oak.
Spicy, smooth, fruity. I liked it despite the fruitiness to drink as a standalone.
Tastes too much like Bulleit
Really outstanding; smooth, great barley malt and Carmel/oak/vanilla flavor, some spice, really nice finish, dark chocolate nose - one of my favs from the 2018 advent calendar, ended up buying a full bottle and here it is again in the 2019 calendar
Updating previous review: solid whiskey with hints of vanilla and dried fruits
I tasted this blind from my Advent Calendar. The aroma was nondescript to me. I picked up some cereal, some vegital notes, and some light orange peel. It is wonderfully silky on the palate. Very nice. The taste was grain heavy, with light fruit in the background. A little alcohol burn. It gets better as it rests on your glass awhile. To me this one does not compete with Scotch single malts.
A sweet fruit with some spice on the nose. On tasting the vanilla really comes through, with more subtle fruit and spice. There is a little underlying burnt sugar, which could be a component to the dried fruit. Overall very smooth and extremely easy to drink. This is certainly one where I would reach for second glass.
Nose is harsh. Interesting, just not for me. Barley is super heavy.
Smooth and just right!
Very impressed. This is super smooth and a definite win for the American single malts.
Nutty, caramel nose. Burnt sugar notes with a tart, caramel apple finish.
It’s spicy like a Rye whiskey. It has a warming sensation like Brandy.
This is a good whiskey. I like the combinations of flavors. I wish it had more of a pack finish but it is a complex taste that grows with each sip. I will admit this reminds me of the Jameson Castmates. Those are much more affordable.
I got this tasting box for my husband and in laws. All three of them agree that this is the best tasting whiskey. And I am planning to purchase this as a gift for Christmas for them.
The fruit and cinnamon on this one are nice. It’s one that I would drink on the regular
Pretty interesting whiskey. Not all that unique on the nose. Sweet on the mouth and goes down smoothly. I didn’t expect the cinnamon to be so prominent. It has a long finish that makes you think you’re chewing big red bubble gum (in a good way).
Smooth and surprising. Not overly complex, but has some decent depth. I’d serve it to my wife’s friends from work.
Of the three this was my favorite. Loved the aroma of cinnamon. With the fruity and slight vanilla taste. Went down very smooth and dry.
It was really smooth
Delicious. Great flavors, very complex.
Goes down nice and smooth, slight dry aftertaste.
To quote my wife, “Fireball without the sugar.” An excellent surprise! The forward cinnamon and barley, complemented by the vanilla, give this a wonderful, not overpowering, and incredibly smooth profile
Smooth with a touch of spice and a strong Oak undercurrent.
Strong barley taste and hint of chocolate on the backend. Has an overall unique flavor like a stronge ale.
A new whiskey to add to my favorites! Smooth
A bit steep of a price for an awfully muted flavor with an overly malty finish.
My favorite of the trio in sampler! Will be adding it to the rotation.
Lovely vanilla nose. Mild, smooth flavor, and a medium finish with rich notes of chocolate. Subtle and complex, nothing overwhelms
It is an outstanding, balanced, American Single Malt Whiskey with a bold birth; while a full & rich life that leads to a long & dry death.
Wow, spicy and smooth. This is a complex whiskey with a smooth finish.
Sweet and smooth with bit of spice, nice balance, surprisingly good.
Like stranahans better
What a flavorful whiskey! From the moment you bring it to your nose until it vanishes down your throat, this whiskey has a sweet and complex array of flavors . I detected vanilla from the start that morphs into spice and apples at the end. For such a young whiskey it has the experience of a much more expensive bottle!
Yummy. Flavorful without being effete
I guess I'm the odd man out on this scotch. It smells and tastes like beer. The malted barley leaps out at your nose and it's all I could taste. I don't care for beer at all and was dismayed to taste it in my scotch! Leave it to the Americans to beerify their scotch!!
Smooth and amazing!
There was a distinct difference in flavor between the sample I received and the bottle I purchased. I'm not sure why that was; but the sample was better. I would've given it an 8/10.
It’s not my thing. Upfront flavors just didn’t do it for me.
not a fan.
Nice and smooth, great taste
I enjoyed this whiskey from the time the bottle was opened. It was smooth and flavorful and if I can find a place in Texas that sell it I will definitely repeat. There are few whiskeys I go to twice as I enjoy the experience of trying new crafts but this is a winner for me. Thanks John Lynch
My new go to whiskey
Very unique. Excellent finish.
Unique, easy to drink. Smoky and slightly spicy. Not my favorite.
Great, very different from what I usually find with single malts. The malt and grain in the finish is visible
Very smooth and flavorful
Strong and smooth with a spicy finish. I liked it.
Smooth strong malt and vanilla with nice spicy finish
This is great
Very nice American Single Malt. I'm a big Scotch fan and normally find many American whiskeys a bit one dimensional. This one is very nice. Complex and very drinkable.
Definitely taste the malted barley very clearly. Not much smoke to speak of initially, but has an interesting charred aftertaste to it. Slightly spicy in a bourbon-like way. Overall very good.
Smooth, almost buttery finish. Definitely a spicy note. Great on its own.
Spicy, sweet, cinnamon, light hint of vanilla on the nose. The same on the palate, with dark, spicy fruits near the end. Long finish.....very sweet, with a little cinnamon, then heavy maple syrup. I tasted all 3 samples neat only....the more they sat, the sweeter they became. This was my 2nd place choice of the 3.
Much different than I expected. Definitely had a spicy little touch to it, but went down smooth.
Smooth, perhaps a little sweet, but a gorgeous vanilla finish and lingering wafts of coconut. Excellent.
well balanced and smooth
The flavor spiral seemed on target with spice and malt up front. Dried fruit is more in the nose. And the dry grain is the definite finish.
Enjoyed the tasting. Probably won’t buy it. Of the three samples, in the middle but nothing especially memorable. Price point seems high. Full disclosure: I’m a Scotch drinker with a fondness for peat. Also enjoy good rye.
Too much front and back end spice/fire
Too spicy, rough finish. Didn't care for it.
Smooth, fruity and a nice finish.
Nice caramel notes, but too spicy for our pallet.
Good burn in the after.
really enjoyed the smooth and delicious taste,thumbs up whisky..
Really enjoyed the smooth and delicious taste, outstanding whisky
Long herbal fade accented with bits of orange peel, butterscotch, cocoa and lemon.
Good sense of balance, medium body and a soft feel that fades out dry and chalky.
Very smooth flavor and a delicious color. I enjoyed every sip.