GSN has previously reviewed Westland’s flagship American Single Malt here. The office loved it and were sad to see the bottle empty after just a few days. (Hey, we love our Manhattans!) So, we were excited to hear of two new products in the Seattle distillery’s portfolio. A Sherry barrel aged version, and a smokey peated expression. Read on to hear our thoughts on these siblings.
Westland Sherry Wood (92 proof)
Visual: Mellow gold.
Nose: Honey, sweet sherry, heathery malt.
Taste: Gorgeously smooth, mellow and ripe with whiskey flavor. Everything is perfectly balanced with a heady dose of sherry infused oak. Liquid dessert.
Finish: Long with plenty of winey notes that keep leaping to the forefront.
Overall: A perfect marriage of American whiskey and the ghost of Spanish Sherry. Brilliant!
GSN Rating: A+
Westland Peated (92 proof)
Visual: Pale yellow-green.
Nose: Peaty smoke, but subdued.
Taste: The peat character is underplayed and adds just a touch of old world familiarity. Overall, the whiskey shines through. Chewy, tasty and masculine with a hint of coy femininity.
Finish: Long with some lingering smoke, but really it’s all about the fruity pale malt. I’m left tasting green apple and banana bread.
Overall: A great introduction for the novice seeking a peated whiskey. Goes down very easily.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Westland Distillery