Distiller: Westland. ABV: 50%. Grain bill: 65% Washington Select Pale Malt, 14% Signature 5-Malt, 21% Baird’s Heavily Peated Malt (21%). No age statement.
I’m a firm believer that there is a perfect whiskey for every setting. Where you are, who you are with, and how you feel are all important in the art of picking a bottle to pour.
There’s seven inches of snow outside, and crushing cold is closing in on Chicago. The bundle of firewood sitting on the floor in front of the fireplace will soon be put to good use. There’s something special about gathering the family around the hearth on a frigid night and just relaxing in its warmth as the stress of the daily grind melts away.
I can’t think of a better whiskey to pour tonight than Westland’s limited edition Winter 2016 American Single Malt. Master Distiller Matt Hofmann’s superior blending skills are once again showcased with this inaugural seasonal release of 2,400 bottles. It’s a mix of nine casks: six ex-bourbon casks, one ex-Westland, and one new oak were filled with a combination of Westland’s signature malts; one ex-Oloroso hogshead was filled with the Seattle distillery’s heavily peated spirit.
Light and clean smoke is on the nose, mixed with sweet dark stone fruit and honeycrisp apples. The palate has a lot of depth, and the smoke and sweetness have the right amount of balance. The fruit notes of the nose take on a more baked profile on the palate, which plays nicely with the warmth from its 50% ABV. Faint shaved chocolate and spice add an additional layer of complexity. The finish is sustained and leaves a nice smoky reminder of that hogshead of peated malt.
Another great release from Westland–one I know will be the perfect pour to pair with tonight’s fire. To keeping your body and soul warm. Cheers! – JTR
Westland graciously provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.