Malted barley is the most complex and flavorful grain used to make whiskey. For centuries, single malt whiskies have been considered solely the domain of Scotland. But a new category of single malt is taking root. One that offers us the chance to make a mark in the world of whiskey. It must be led by your own ideas, done on your own terms and realized through your own hard work. Here in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, we are graced with world-class natural ingredients. Those ingredients inspire us to pursue our own unique American-style single malt to rival the finest whiskies in the world. With each expression we work to create something that both honors the traditions of distilling that we admire and adds something worthwhile at the same time. Something new and distinctly American. The character of our malt provides a wealth of flavor profiles for our whiskies. Regardless of the individual expression, every whiskey at Westland Distillery is underscored by our house style – a sweetness and ease on the palate accompanied by a fruity and complex but ultimately grain-focused finish worthy of its place in this new world.
Our flagship Westland American Single Malt Whiskey represents the truest expression of our house style. At the core of this whiskey's flavor profile is a grain bill comprised of five different roasted and kilned barley malts giving our whiskey a character unique to Westland Distillery. The base is a pale malt, grown in the State of Washington. To that we add specialty malts, a concept inspired by the vibrant craft brewing culture of the Pacific Northwest. Deep and rich in flavors, these specialty malts contribute to the whiskey notes of chocolate, nuts, cookies, pastries, mocha, caramel and raisins. Our Belgian brewer's yeast further enhances flavor development, creating fruity esters during fermentation. And finally, maturing predominantly in the finest new American oak casks complements our other choices with vanilla, caramel and coconut notes, leaving us with an approachable and mature whiskey.
This peated whiskey is a bottling of two separate New Make spirits brought together after maturation. The first is made from a mash of peated malt, among the smokiest found in the new world. The second, from a mash of 100% Washington grown pale malt. When combined we create a single malt whiskey that encompasses a wide spectrum of peaty and smoky flavors without overwhelming the palate. The peat character is sturdy enough to satisfy the cravings of those looking for a solid dose of smoke, while the pale malt contributes grainy and fruity notes that unify the whiskey. Westland’s Peated Malt is filled into a variety of oak, including 1st-fill ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks, encouraging a controlled and even maturation. The result is a multi-dimensional yet balanced peated single malt whiskey.
Casks #242 and #255 join our Single Cask Series together to illuminate the distinctive flavors imparted by our two types of new American oak cask. Matured in a Cooper’s Select cask made from 18-month air-dried staves with a #3 char, cask #242 showcases the bright, sweet character this cask accentuates.
This addition to our Single Cask Series is made from a mash of our signature combination of five barley malts. In this one cask we capture perhaps the widest spectrum of malt flavor notes found in any Westland whiskey.
The lively combination of our 5-malt grain bill and the Pedro Ximénez hogshead results in a decidedly savory whiskey and one that stands out as quite unique in our catalog of Single Cask Series releases.
Our Sherry Wood single malt whiskey is a story of return. We mature this whiskey in casks that began their lives in the deep forests of the American South before making a long journey across the ocean and back again. It was in Spain where the oak was first bent into staves for casks that would hold Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry for nearly a century. Once emptied, they were given new life and purpose in the skilled hands of Rafael Cabello and his team at Tonelería del Sur in Montilla, Spain. Our long-standing partnership with his family-owned cooperage provides us with one of the largest supplies of sherry casks in the new world—casks that lend the whiskey a decadence that intensifies both the malt and fruit notes indicative of our house style.
The new cask is 395 was filled with 30% of our signature 5-malt new make spirit and 70% peated new make spirit. Interestingly, the peated malt doesn't dominate the character of the final whiskey. The 5-malt holds its own and more while the heavy toast/light char cask adds a nice third dimension to the overall profile.