In 2015 the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and American Distilling Institute, both awarded this exceptional single malt Double Gold medals. The same year it also received a Gold Medal and 90 points from the Beverage Tasting Institute.
Westland championed the American single malt movement with a visionary spirit.
Westland Distillery was co-founded by Matt Hofmann in 2010 in Seattle, WA. Westland Distillery mashes, distills, matures and bottles American Single Malt Whiskey in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Matt Hofmann— Westland’s co-founder, Master Distiller, and honorary pioneer of the American Single Malt whiskey movement— fell in love with the single malt after going to Islay and experiencing the golden drams of Bruichladdich.
The distillery is 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 Hofmann makes the distillery’s core American Single Malt Whiskey. Like single malt Scotch, American single malt whiskey is made using a malted barley, made at a single distillery. American single malt whiskeys, however, are less regulated, allowing more room for experimentation.
"We want to take these things and push them in a new direction," Hofmann says. "We're playing by the same rules as those in Scotland—it's the same four ingredients—but there's so much that's untapped. We do not want to replicate. We want to make an American single malt.” Following in the Scottish tradition, the award-winning distillery— producing both peated and unpeated whiskeys.
Westland Sherry is where the old and new world meet. The use of ex-sherry having long been a part of the Scottish tradition, its decadent, fruit-laden palate serves as a perfect balance of Westland’s signature grain-house style. Westland’s house style single malt is made from five exceptional roasted and kilned barley malts the base of which is pale malt grown right in the state of Washington.
Drawing inspiration from the rich brewing culture of the Pacific Northwest, several specialty malts (Washington Select Pale Malt, Munich Malt, Extra Special Malt, Pale Chocolate Malt and Brown Malt) are then added before the resulting mash is fermented with a Belgian brewer’s yeast for 144 hours. Then, the whiskey is distilled through Westland’s copper-pot stills.
The sherry casks are sourced from a family owned cooperage in Tonelería del Sur in Montilla, Spain where the skilled hands of Rafael Cabello and his team have been crafting some of the highest quality Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherries for nearly a century. This exquisite single malt is highly acclaimed, winning several awards in 2015 including a Double Gold for Best Craft Whiskey at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and another Double Gold for Best Single Malt from the American Distilling Institute. In 2015 it also received a Gold Medal/ 90 points from the Beverage Tasting Institute.
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92 (46% ABV)
The nose is immediately rich, with honey-dipped oatmeal raisin cookies. Maple syrup follows close behind, drizzled over banana pancakes. The palate initially offers some kiwi with more maple and raisin syrup notes. The palate evolves even further into sweet cookies and pastries, getting darker and richer with time before eventually ceding the palate to stewed yellow fruits on the finish.