Distiller: Westland. ABV: 50%. No age statement. Third release.
It’s that time of the year again. The weather is becoming brisk, the leaves are changing and the waiting for my favorite season is over. Fall is here and I love it.
It’s also time for one of my favorite annual release events from one of my favorite distillers. Next week is Westland’s annual Peat Week, which they promise to be “the most magnificent, daring and unusually wonderful spectacle of peat ever seen in any land since the world began.” In addition to a number of themed events held at the distillery, they are releasing the third annual commemorative bottling of their peated American single malt.
This release, from a marriage of eight casks, will be just over 2,000 bottles (50% ABV) and have three separate circus-themed labels that are just as incredible as the whiskey within.
The nose has notes of petrichor from an early autumn rainstorm combined with damp firewood. On the palate the fresh peat kicks in, and although it’s definitely a unique peatiness, I taste some similarities with a Laphroaig. The peat here though is bathed in a distinctive Westland sweetness of tropical fruits and honey. The finish is just right and reminds me that this whiskey will be a perfect companion while sitting around a late evening campfire this October.
Westland did a great job with this release, and I prefer it over their prior Peat Week ones. I’m looking forward to picking up a couple of bottles and spending some time around that campfire soon.
Cheers! – JTR
Westland graciously provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.