Westland American Single Malt /46%/ –
Westland Distillery, founded by Matt Hoffmann and Emerson Lamb in 2010, is located in Seattle in Washington State. Since its founding the distillery production has grown significantly, from five barrels a week to six barrels a day. In the late 2016 Westland Distillery was acquired by the French drink company Rèmy Cointreau, which four years earlier purchased Bruichladdich Distillery. Westland single malt debuted in 2013 and within the next three years scored six gold medals at various International Whisky Competitions. Here we have the current Westland Flagship, the whisky made of five roasted and kilned barley malts, the base of which is local pale malt, and aged in heavily first fill ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry hogsheads and butts for a minimum of 40 months.
Nose: malted barley, vanilla, butterscotch, sweet pastries, peaches, strawberries, orange peel, milk chocolate, hint of mulling spice and peat.
Palate: sweet cereals, vanilla, caramel, orange marmalade, apples, cherries, nougat, mocha, dash of white pepper and a wisp of peat smoke.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted nuts, dash of clove and cinnamon and fading hint of peat.