Aged for a minimum of 24 months in a combination of new American oak, ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, this unique whiskey earned 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute.
Founded in 2010 in Seattle, WA, Westland Distillery mashes, distills, matures and bottles American Single Malt Whiskey in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. “The Pacific Northwest has all the ingredients needed to create a single malt that can stand with the best whiskies in the world,” says Westland’s President Emerson Lamb. “It is home to some of the best barley growing regions and highest quality water sources found on earth. For us, Seattle was a natural place to build our single malt whiskey distillery.”
Situated in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle, Westland’s 13,000 square foot distillery boasts a 5,000 mash-house, five 10,000 liter fermenters and two copper pot stills. It’s here where Westland’s Master Distiller Matt Hofmann crafts the distillery’s core American Single Malt Whiskey. Like single malt Scotch, American single malt whiskey is made using a malted grain (almost always barley) made at a single distillery. American single malt whiskies, however, are less regulated, allowing more room for experimentation.
Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey is made from two different new make spirits (“new make” is the term for Whiskey that has just come off the still) which are brought together after their separate maturation. The first spirit is a peated New World malt, while the second is made from a mash of 100% Washington-grown pale malt. After being independently aged in a combination of heavily-charred new American oak, ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks for a minimum of 24 months, the two spirits are combined and bottled at 92 proof.
As a result, Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey has an aroma of peanut butter, campfire, honey and biscuits, which leads to an initially nutty palate filled with pistachios and almonds, as well as red fruits, particularly cherries. The palate eventually shifts towards deeper notes of leather and clove, and the whiskey finishes with more nutty chocolate, as well as a delightfully charred, peaty texture.
"We want to take these things and push them in a new direction," Hofmann continues. "We're playing by the same rules as those in Scotland—it's the same three ingredients—but there's so much that's untapped. We do not want to replicate. We want to make an American single malt."
Only 3,000 bottles of this unique whiskey, which earned 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute, have been produced. Pick up a bottle today!
92 (46% ABV)
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Aroma of peanut butter, campfire, honey and biscuits, which leads to an initially nutty palate filled with pistachios and almonds, as well as red fruits, particularly cherries. The palate eventually shifts towards deeper notes of leather and clove, and the whiskey finishes with more nutty chocolate, as well as a delightfully charred, peaty texture.