Price: $70 for 750ml
Distilled/Owned by: Westland / Rémy Cointreau
Mashbill: 100% malted barley (Using the following malts: Washington Select Pale, Munich, Extra Special, Pale Chocolate, and Brown)
Cask Type: Ex-Oloroso Hogsheads and Butts; Ex Pedro Ximénez Hogsheads and Butts; Cooper’s Select New American Oak; Cooper’s Reserve New American Oak
Aged For: Minimum 2 years
Yeast Strain: Belgian brewer’s yeast
Fermentation Time: 144 hours
Chill Filtered: No
Color Added: No
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn
Color: Burnished Yellow
Nose: Thick caramel and sherry wine. Strong toffee, this is smells like sugary candy. Raisins and maple syrup.
Taste: Sweet fruit and orange citrus notes. This is young spirit, but the sherry casks give it a refreshing palate. Milk chocolate, and dried fruit.
Finish: Barley malt, more maple and caramel. Sweet sherry and fruits.
Thoughts: This isn’t insanely complex. It’s fruity and sweet, young and refreshing. The ABV seems perfect. My only problem is the price, $70+ is scotch territory, and I can get a good Glendronach for that money. Curious to see what they do going forward as they gain older stocks. They are doing all the right things, so I’ll have to keep a lookout on Westland.
Score: 85 out of 100