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kscherer
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2021-06-08, 15:21

WESTWARD AMERICAN SINGLE MALT STOUT CASK!

Some of the best whiskey I've ever tried. And they ship!

I just had a dude's weekend with a friend and he brought a bottle. It's pretty rare that I try something that I just have to have, especially at $90. But as soon as I got home I got on their website, sorted out that they ship, and ordered a bottle for my bar. Man, it's good stuff.

And I love that these guys don't stamp "Bourbon" on their bottles. They're not trying to ride on someone else's hard-built name. They've struck out on their own with a premium whiskey that is just plain amazing. I plan on ordering one of each as soon as the funds permit, which God willing, will be later this summer.

I think a couple of you crazies live in/near Portland and I recommend you visit a tasting room or just find a bottle for your stash. If not, they do ship to some of these United States*.

* Stupid and archaic prohibition-era liquor laws make me want to puke!

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Ryan
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2021-06-08, 19:12

Well I'm just drunk enough to order one and find out so let's do this.
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kscherer
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2021-06-08, 22:42

Do it!

If you're disappointed, I'll give you my address.
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2021-06-09, 01:54

If you like American single malts, check out Rua. Out of North Carolina I believe. Very tasty. I’m not normally a single malt guy but I like this one from time to time.
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2021-06-09, 05:49

Out of interest what is the etymology of the word "rua" ? And does it have context regarding the whiskey?
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2021-06-09, 10:34

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If you like American single malts, check out Rua. Out of North Carolina I believe. Very tasty. I’m not normally a single malt guy but I like this one from time to time.
I haven't seen that one anywhere but I'll keep an eye out. My go-to for American single malts is Stranahans, local here to Denver. I'm also a big fan of Tin Cup, which is made by the same guy behind Stranahans but lower proof and much less expensive, a great choice on the rocks.
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2021-06-09, 14:53

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Out of interest what is the etymology of the word "rua" ? And does it have context regarding the whiskey?
From their website:

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Rúa is Gaelic for "Red Head", an apt name for this richly hued American Single Malt Whiskey. Rúa is hand-crafted from only three ingredients: 100% Organic & Non-GMO Two-Row Pilsner Barley, exceptionally pure spring water from the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains and yeast. That’s it, no additives of any kind are added.

Getting its color from aging in Char No.3 American White Oak barrels, it carries the expected notes of vanilla and caramel. These are complemented by a very full body, notes of fresh baked bread and praline, with a long, sweet finish. It's instantly enjoyable, and a standout among American craft-distilled whiskeys.
PRODUCT INFORMATION
92 Proof / 46% ABV
Distilled, Aged and Bottled in Charlotte, NC
Patiently aged in Charred American White Oak Barrels
100% Organic & Non-GMO Malted Two-Row Pilsner Barley
Patiently aged in 25 Gallon Char #3 American White Oak Barrels from Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, KY
Crafted with exceptionally pure spring water from the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains
Ever so slightly filtered using a paper filtration process rather than the more invasive process of chill filtering.
No coloring or flavoring of any kind added to the finish. We stand by the quality of ingredients in our whiskey


TASTE PROFILE
Nose: Peach, Caramel, and Cherry
Palate: Full-bodied. Rich and smooth with a hint of sweet vanilla and toffee
Finish: A long sweet finish that pleasantly lingers with just a touch of spicy heat
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2021-06-10, 01:33

Thanks for that. Rua is also Maori for "two", so was wondering if there was a kiwi connection...

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kscherer
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2021-06-11, 15:39

Woot! My happy little bottle of Westward just arrived. Portland, Oregon whisky shipped from California. My guess is because of interstate liquor distribution BS.

Or something.

Either way, gonna let the wife try it tonight, have one myself, and put the bottle up on the Top Shelf™.

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2021-06-11, 20:05

Friday is my big bourbon night. I do a big Zoom virtual happy hour with my national bourbon group. There's usually about 20 of us at any time that hop on. Runs from 9est until like 3-4, whenever the west coasters quit.

Die young and save yourself....
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2021-06-13, 23:54

Alright, this is damn good stuff.
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Bryson
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2021-06-14, 08:27

Today is National Bourbon Day, apparently. I have a bottle of Buffalo Trace to finish.
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kscherer
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2021-06-14, 11:37

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Alright, this is damn good stuff.
Did you get it, already?



Nice!

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Today is National Bourbon Day, apparently. I have a bottle of Buffalo Trace to finish.
Not a fan, actually. A bit too much corn-on-the-cob going on for me. Not that I don't like Buffalo Trace, it's just a bit too "corny" for me as an everyday sipper. That they are also responsible for Eagle Rare, which is awesome, is surprising. Still, there's a whiskey for everyone.

Speaking of which, I really wanted to try Eagle Rare but couldn't find it within a hundred miles of Boise. Back in March I was in Portland visiting a friend and the wives found it at the local liquor store, so got a bottle. It was amazing, so amazing that I asked my buddy to grab me as much as he could find, which was three bottles, or two more than could be found in the entire state of Idaho at the time. We decided to have a men's weekend and a "meet in the middle" in Pendleton, and we each Brought a couple bottles with us. I brought Uncle Nearest 1856 and Jack Daniels Single Barrel Barrel Proof, and he brought Westward Stout Cask and Burnside "Bourbon".

And that is how I got Westward into my collection.

So, there is a funny little link (for me) between Buffalo Trace and Westward.

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2021-06-14, 11:46

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Did you get it, already?



Nice!
Yup, arrived Sunday.
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kscherer
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2021-06-14, 11:57

Nice? Sounds like you're enjoying it?

I'm personally blown away that a few whiskey novices created such a brilliant bottle with so little experience behind them. I mean, they were all brewers so they at least knew how to melt seeds into goodies, but still.

And to hit that premium, top-shelf segment and nail it? Just

I'm not gonna spend $90 on a bottle of whiskey unless it's worth $90!

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2021-06-14, 13:09

I like Eagle Rare.

I'm interested in this whisky you guys are discussing but...I live in the frozen North and so there's no access up here.

I heard some good stuff about these guys in Brooklyn: https://www.kingscountydistillery.com

Any experiences with them? I'm visiting New York next year and may swing by if it's worth it.
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kscherer
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2021-06-14, 13:57

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I'm interested in this whisky you guys are discussing but...I live in the frozen North and so there's no access up here.
Dude, if you know someone south of the border and can get across, make the arrangements. It's rare that I will sing so loudly for a distillery (especially an almost-new-from-the-ground-up that I had never even heard of before) but Westward Stout Cask is worth it!

Every.

Damned.

Penny!

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2021-06-14, 21:44

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Nice? Sounds like you're enjoying it?

I'm personally blown away that a few whiskey novices created such a brilliant bottle with so little experience behind them. I mean, they were all brewers so they at least knew how to melt seeds into goodies, but still.

And to hit that premium, top-shelf segment and nail it? Just

I'm not gonna spend $90 on a bottle of whiskey unless it's worth $90!
So far I'm loving it, but could do with a little less honey flavor on the end.
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kscherer
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2021-06-15, 10:45

Well, I'm glad you're liking it. Good to know I didn't steer you to a turd!

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2021-06-15, 15:34

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* Stupid and archaic prohibition-era liquor laws make me want to puke!
I checked and my state is one where we can't get it delivered. We can buy it from gas stations, but not get it delivered.
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kscherer
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2021-06-15, 15:42

LOL

Like I said, there are some archaic, prohibition-era laws in play.
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kscherer
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2021-06-15, 18:43

Apparently I have voiced my love for Westward Stout Cask quite loudly about the house. So, I've just learned—because that's just the way it is—that my wife has ordered me a bottle of Westward American Single Malt Pinot Noir Cask for Father's Day!



This makes me very happy.

Edit: I'm doing another podcast with my friend in a week (I think) and plan on taking both with me, and will be tasting the PN Cask for the first time on that night.

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