Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey

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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.

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