Saturday, February 24, 2024

Evaluation: Westward Whiskey Two Malts Rye (2023)

Final fall we samples our first particular launch from Westward’s Whiskey Membership, an elaborate single malt that showcased a wide range of parts distinctive to the distillery’s house within the Pacific Northwest. For its second membership launch of 2023, Westward continues to give attention to provenance with the re-release if its Two Malts Rye, a part of the progressive “Two Malts” sequence showcasing regional grains. A bit extra on this one from the parents at Westward:

Distilled in July, 2018, Two Malts Rye (2023) contains a mash invoice of 12% malted rye and 88% Pacific Northwest grown and malted barley. The addition of rye grain, sourced from and malted on the firm’s longtime accomplice, Nice Western Malting, creates a exceptional shift in taste, yielding extra brilliant citrus, candied fruit, and basic rye nuttiness.

Miles Munroe, Grasp Blender, Westward Whiskey stated, “Right here at Westward, we’re at all times difficult ourselves to push additional. After we make one thing we like, we don’t simply relaxation on our laurels – we ask ourselves how altering our components, brewing, distilling, growing older or mingling could make one thing even higher. It’s that notion that impressed us to tinker much more with our Two Malts Rye, a whiskey provided again in 2019 that contained 10% malted rye in its grain invoice. This time round, our curiosity drove us so as to add much more rye – with scrumptious outcomes.”

Let’s see for ourselves, lets?

Malty and a bit doughy at first, the aroma shortly transitions to citrus excessive tones and heat roasted nuts. Because it opens, the malty underpinnings fall away nearly utterly, yielding to brilliant, zesty notes of recent squeezed orange juice and peeled clementine. The palate affords up a equally fruity expertise, with prime notes of juicy tangerine and apple pie filling, heavy on the baking spice. It’s warming with a gentle, cinnamon warmth and a silky, oily texture. The end lingers with a little bit of cracked pepper, orange peel, and peach pie. Enjoyable stuff and definitely one of many extra distinctive whiskeys I’ve tasted shortly. Yet one more good purpose to affix Westward’s Membership.

90 proof.

A- / $99 /

Westward Whiskey Two Malts Rye (2023)


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