Westland American Oak
Westland American Oak, 2 YO, 46 %
In Seattle, Washington, USA, you can find the Westland Distillery. It turns out these Americans make great single malt whiskey! And they are nerdy! And they are transparent, sharing a lot of cool info online. It is very rare to find this much details on a whisky:
- Washington Select Pale Malt
- Munich Malt
- Extra Special Malt
- Pale Chocolate Malt
- Brown Malt
Cask types used:
- Cooper's Select New American Oak
- Cooper's Reserve New American Oak
- First Fill Ex-Bourbon
Yeast strain used: Belgian Brewer's Yeast
Fermentation time: 144 Hours
I just love details like that.
You can buy the Westland American Oak at USD 70 for a full bottle in select states. It appears there are no distributors for Westland single malt in the UK or the Nordics as yet.
OK, let's check out the actual liquid. Here are my tasting notes for the Westland American Oak.
Nose: Wow! Delightful notes of slightly toasted cinnamon sticks, demerara sugar, caramel, maple syrup and toast with orange marmalade. Very rich, complex and fruity. Needs a few minutes in the glass to open up, when when it does you are really rewarded. There's a touch of Christmas to the nose. Creme brûlée with a cinnamon dusting!
Taste: Rich and full-on mouthfeel. Quite peppery right off, then it calms down and the fruitiness, the caramel and the cinnamon comes through.
Finish: Medium long finish. Slightly oaky now, and tending towards dry for a split second, then the sweetness, the cinnamon and the fruits are back. Quite nutty - mainly almonds. Oranges, lemons and pine wood on the finish line.
Comments: A very convincing effort! Just two years old? Very exciting stuff going on in Seattle, I would say. This is on par with some of the best of the Nordics!
Sláinte! - Thomas