Westland Sherry Wood, 2+ YO, 46 %
This is my second review of a whiskey from Westland (see here for the previous one). The Westland Sherry Wood has been matured for a minimum of 24 months. It was first released in December 2014.
The grain bill for the Westland Sherry Wood is as follows:
- Washington Select Pale Malt
- Munich Malt
- Extra Special Malt
- Pale Chocolate Malt
- Brown Malt
The cask types used in the maturation are:
- Ex-Oloroso Hogsheads and Butts
- Ex Pedro Ximénez Hogsheads and Butts
- Cooper’s Select New American Oak
- Cooper’s Reserve New American Oak
You can buy the Westland Sherry Wood straight from the distillery at USD 70 for a bottle.
Nose: Initially more closed and shy than the Westland American Oak. So, let’s give it a few minutes and see what happens. Oh, that worked a charm, I would say. Now we have a nose that is certainly quite similar to that of the American Oak expression, but with added dried fruits and a deeper sweetness. So, demerara sugar, cinnamon, nuts, and dried fruits (raisins and dates).
Taste: Quite rich mouthfeel. Ginger, cinnamon, dried fruits a dry-ish oakiness.
Finish: Medium to short finish. Warm and spicy. Dry notes of wood chips, mixed with dried fruits and caramel.
Comments: Again a very decent dram from Westland, although not quite at the level of the American Oak.