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Whiskey Review: Westward Whiskey High Desert to Klamath Basin

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Westward Whiskey

When people think of Oregon, they tend to automatically think of Portland and make assumptions based on

However, this large Pacific Northwest territory has a lot to offer

From the coast to the mountains, from the waterfalls to the desert, and the old coniferous trees

As Head Distiller and Blender Miles Munroe describes the latest release, “It’s a deep dive into

The NW Elements Series from Westward is one hundred percent made from all things Oregon

All-in-all, the High Desert to Klamath Basin whiskey truly represents the heart of Oregon

The two-row barley strain, Full Pint, was cultivated by Oregon State University (go Beavs!) and is grown

The Garryana (Oregon White Oak) oak barrels are made at Oregon Barrel Works in McMinnville, Oregon

Westward’s Whiskey Club launched in 2019 as the distillery continued growing and expanding its whiskey offerings

Thirty states have access to the club, which is the only way to purchase the Northwest Elements

The two-tiered program— Expedition Club and Founder’s Club levels— allows member access to one or three

Westward Whiskey American Northwest Elements Series: High Desert to Klamath Basin (image via Courtney Kristjana/The Whiskey

Still on the charcuterie board are juicy red grapes and fig jam

The malt is mellow throughout the nose and helps push everything forward

A stick of cinnamon and powdered sugar follows through near the end

Taking in all the aromas together, it begins to have the scent of stale pipe tobacco that

There is so much depth and character to this whiskey it is hard to find the right

At the beginning, dry cinnamon and oak hit the front of the tongue and the back of

The dram then moves along to black peppercorn for a bit of extra spice

The finish is sooty like cigar ash, and it leaves a glowing ember of warmth in the