Westland Garryana 2016

Garryana 2016

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.

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Westland / Remy Cointreau

Region: Washington

56.2% ABV

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

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