Westland mixes things up once again with their craft barley blend and an entirely new type of oak. Guercus Garryana is the Pacific Northwest’s native oak and adds an extra detail of provenance to this release from Westland. Also on deck for the maturation, alongside the 25% virgin Garryana, 65% Ex-Pedro Ximenez Butt plus a touch of Ex-Calvados, Ex-American Grape Brandy and Ex-Washington Apple Brandy. Raspberry reduction, maple candy and a hint of clove hits the nose, while the palate brings in cedar and cinnamon, plus dried apricot and a little caramel action.
Founded in the heart of Seattle in 2010, Westland Distillery is a family-owned business with roots in the Pacific Northwest reaching back five generations. They are one of the largest - if not the largest - craft distiller of single malt whiskey in the U.S. Each expression of single malt they produce both honors the time-honored traditions of distilling and adds something new and distinctly American. Regardless of the individual expression, every whiskey at Westland is underscored by the distillery's identifiable house style; a sweetness and ease on the palate, accompanied by a complex, fruity, grain-focused finish worthy of its place in this new world.