The initial nose is awash in cherry cake and grahamcracker. But shortly after, a rich creaminess emerges with creme brulee and chocolate custard while a hint of jasmine hides just beneath the surface. The first sip confirms the creamy and rich, mouth-coating cherry cake notes on the nose.
After five minutes the nose begins to reveal melting Toblerone chocolates, almonds and a touch of smoky pine. Waffle cone joins the group along with rainier cherries after a water addition. Extended tastings bring out white chocolate, Turkish coffee (with cardamom), bananas flambe and decadent cream.
Ultimate Spirits Challenge 96 points - The fruity aromas are bright and high toned, calling to mind lemon zest and yellow nectarines. Delicate floral flavors enhance the soft mouthfeel which becomes rich with nutmeg and raw cocoa on the suede like finish.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 87 points - Fruit-forward with melon and citrus but possesses deeper smoked meat and spice notes. Malty and round on the palate with almond milk, honey, and baked pear and peach. Very elegant finish. (Mar 2015)
Our flagship Westland American Single Malt Whiskey represents the truest expression of our house style. At the core of this whiskey’s flavor profile is a grain bill comprised of five different roasted and kilned barley malts giving our whiskey a character unique to Westland Distillery. The base is a pale malt, grown in the State of Washington. To that we add specialty malts, a concept inspired by the vibrant craft brewing culture of the Pacific Northwest. Deep and rich in flavors, these specialty malts contribute to the whiskey notes of chocolate, nuts, cookies, pastries, mocha, caramel and raisins. Our Belgian brewer’s yeast further enhances flavor development, creating fruity esters during fermentation. And finally, maturing predominantly in the finest new American oak casks complements our other choices with vanilla, caramel and coconut notes, leaving us with an approachable and mature whiskey.
Washington Select Pale Malt
Extra Special Malt
Pale Chocolate Malt
50% #4 Char New American Oak
50% #3 Char New American Oak
YEAST STRAIN: Belgian Brewer’s Yeast
FERMENTATION TIME: 144 Hours
|Malted barley is the most complex and flavorful grain used to make whiskey. For centuries, single malt whiskies have been considered solely the domain of Scotland. But a new category of single malt is taking root. One that offers us the chance to make a mark in the world of whiskey. It must be led by your own ideas, done on your own terms and realized through your own hard work. Here in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, we are graced with world-class natural ingredients. Those ingredients inspire us to pursue our own unique American-style single malt to rival the finest whiskies in the world. With each expression we work to create something that both honors the traditions of distilling that we admire and adds something worthwhile at the same time. Something new and distinctly American. The character of our malt provides a wealth of flavor profiles for our whiskies. Regardless of the individual expression, every whiskey at Westland Distillery is underscored by our house style a sweetness and ease on the palate accompanied by a fruity and complex but ultimately grain-focused finish worthy of its place in this new world.