Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey
I have read a little about this American single malt whiskey and I found it all the more interesting in that it comes from one of my favorite places to visit – Seattle.
This particular variation of Westland whiskey comes from the mix of a peated malt mash and a 100% Washington state pale malt. The whiskey is aged for a minimum of two years in a combination of 1st-filled ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. It is bottled at 46% ABV, non-chill filtered, and no coloring added.
I did not find as much of a peat influence as I anticipated on the nose. It has more of a floral presence with a bit of fruit sweetness. There is smoke, but it is not pronounced. But, on first sip I did find the smoke coming more forward, balanced well with floral dimensions and a little dry white wine. On mid-palate I find something more like sherry-influenced sweetness intertwined with light peat. The finish is relatively short.
I really like this whiskey. For being as young as it is, it has an impressive balance and smoothness. While I have tasted other American single malts that I have also liked, none have been as close to the flavor profile of Scotch whisky as the Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey. It does not have an Islay-level peat. I think the parallel might be more in the character of a lightly peated whisky from Campbeltown.
I can see why this whiskey has earned so much recognition and several awards. I certainly plan to keep a bottle in my cabinet. It is a very good single malt whiskey at a very reasonable price level.
I hope that I can arrange a visit to the Westland distillery on my next trip to Seattle. It would be a nice addition to the usual detours to Canon and the Whisky Bar.