Westland American Single Malt

Westland Single Malt

Price: $70 or 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Westland / Remy Cointreau

Region: Washington

46% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: Minimum 24 months

Cask Type: New American oak and ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Dark gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Peaches and cream, honey, malt, citrus, sugar, salt, and hay

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Sour almonds, citrus, salt, malt, cream, vanilla, and jasmine

Finish: Good warmth and length, cherry, citrus, floral, malt, and honey

Thoughts: Similar to its Scottish brethren and I like Westland’s base malt. I do think that if it were aged longer (6-8 years minimum) my score would be in the 80s as opposed to where it is now.

Score: 76 out of 100

Westland Single Cask #266

Westland Single Cask #266

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Westland

Region: Washington, USA

55% ABV

Aged For: 27 Months

Mashbill: 100% malted barley: Washington Select Pale Malt, Munich Malt, Extra Special Malt, Pale Chocolate Malt, Brown Malt

Cask Type: New American Oak, 24-month air-sired staves, heavy toast/light char

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Cloudy Brass

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Rich vanilla, cinnamon buns with icing, maple, coconut

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Chocolate, cinnamon, malt, oak, heavy vanilla

Finish: Medium length and warmth, bit of pepper, baking spice, oak, vanilla, malt, honey, and walnuts

Thoughts: For how young this is it’s quiet tasty, I am very pleasantly surprised with the bakery sweet notes.

Score: 86 out of 100

 

Balcones Texas Single Malt

Balcones Texas Single Malt

Price: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Balcones

Region: Texas

53% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred American oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Oak, port wine, chocolate malt, vanilla, almond paste, sweet barley sugar.

Mouthfeel: Intermediate

Palate/Taste: Chocolate, almond, vanilla cookie, wood, leather, and coffee.

Finish: Medium warmth that builds over time, linger flavors of fortified wine and charred oak.

Thoughts: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, The new charred oak makes up for the youth of the spirit.

Score: 81 out of 100

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

Westland Peated

Westland Peated

After really enjoying the Westland Sherry Wood I wanted to try the peated expression. Westland is one of the few major American Malt producers at the moment who are not producing complete hot steaming garbage.

Price: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Westland / Rémy Cointreau

Region: Washington

46% ABV

Aged For: Minimum 2 years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: First fill ex-bourbon, Cooper’s select new American oak, Cooper’s reserve new American oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Golden Barley

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Strangely, banana. Smoke, Lemons, Pie Crust, Cedar.

Taste: Watery, with more banana. A bit of caramel and sour peat.

Finish: Bit of warmth, citrus, more smoke than nose and palate. Short to medium in length.

Thoughts: I’m not a fan of smokey bananas. You can tell it’s a young spirit, but the smoke takes a lot of the fresh zest of it that the sherry wood captured to its advantage. Not very good in its current state, maybe some additional aging will improve this.

Score: 68 out of 100

Westland Sherry Wood

Westland Sherry Wood

Price: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Westland / Rémy Cointreau

Region: Washington

46% ABV

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