Westland Garryana is a cask strength craft whiskey aged in barrels made from Garry Oak, a tree native to the Pacific Northwest. There’s a massive write up on their website about their story. Aged for 3 years from 6 different malts, in 3 separate cask types using Belgian brewer’s yeast.
Distilled/Owned by: Westland / Remy Cointreau
Aged For: 3 Years
Mashbill: 100% malted barley
Cask Type: First fill ex-bourbon Quercus alba 10%, virgin Quercus alba 69%, virgin Quercus garryana 21%
Chill Filtered: No
Color Added: No
Color: Light Amber
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn
Nose: Stewed fruits, pomegranate, soggy oak, and yeasty donuts.
Taste: Hot and wet on the palate. Oak, pepper, tobacco, heather, grass, and malt heavy.
Finish: Warm and lingering, fruity with bits of ginger and apples.
Thoughts: There’s potential here, but it’s just too young. I love their transparency in their specs, and trying new things. I recall reading that the latest edition is going to be priced rather absurdly, and if so that makes this an easy one for me to skip considering the age.
Score: 76 out of 100