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Westland American Oak

0.7l, 46%

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Here is the flagship release from the Seattle-based Westland distillery, founded back in 2010 – it’s an American single malt initially released in June 2014. Barley is a big thing for Westland, with its choice of malts inspired by Pacific North West beer culture. For this particular release, five different types of barley are used: Washington Select Pale Malt, Pale Chocolate Malt, Brown Malt, Munich Malt, and Extra Special Malt.

Of course, being inspired by beer, yeast is important too, and Westland uses Belgian Saison brewer’s yeast (which imparts gentle citrus and red fruits, as well as dry baking spices) in a slow, lengthy fermentation. Once distilled, this particular whiskey is matured in new American oak and first-fill ex-bourbon casks. Thanks to the combination of malt varieties, yeast, and casks, it’s a rich whiskey full of chocolate, dry oak, and tart fruit. 

Flavour profile

Sweet

Fruity

Rich

Botanical/Floral

Delicate

Spicy

Wood/Rancio

Peat/Smoke

Nose

Milky coffee, chocolate-dipped cherries, and floral tea, with gentle, creamy oak.

Palate

Coco Pops in milk, alongside sweet, fragrant tobacco, tart homemade berry jam, and banana ice cream.

Finish

Mocha and a hit of peppery oak spice, balanced by fresh orchard fruit.

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