Nose: A sweet fragrance of cottonwood serves as the greeting followed by Waffle Crisps cereal and rich smoked chocolate notes.
Palate: Signature barbecue notes are front and center. It’s spicy and savory, reminiscent of burnt ends. Along with it are notes of cacao butter, charred maple wood, and clove.
CASK TYPES: 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Quercus alba (64%), Virgin Quercus garryana (36%)
TOTAL BOTTLED: 5,625
GRAIN BILL: Washington Select Pale Malt, Bairds Heavily Peated Malt
CASK MATURATION TIMES: 45 Months
Enduring and stoic, Quercus garryana, the Pacific Northwest’s native oak, stands as a testament to terroir and perseverance. Its mighty trunk sheathed in thick, mossy bark. Its roots, like our roots, are dug deep into the earth of this place. Above, it towers steadfast and unmoving, but below is the persistent draw, the low churning hum of life and energy pulling up from the soil.
Garryana American Single Malt Whiskey pursues true provenance with the introduction of an entirely new species of oak to the world of whiskey. In our work, we create a record of the oak’s distinctive characteristics and reveal unique expressions of Pacific Northwest terroir.
At Westland, we’re compelled to look out so that we might see possibilities others don’t recognize. But seeing opportunity is not enough. You have to have the wherewithal to do something about it.
Our native species of oak grows in a narrow band from southern BritishColumbia to the very northern reaches of California. In addition to its limited natural range, Garry Oak now grows in only five percent of its former habitat. Because this oak is so rare and so difficult to find, no system has been built for it. So we’ve had to create the supply chain from the ground up. Working closely with our forestry experts, mills, and coopers, we’ve been able to not only establish an economy around Garry Oak, but along the way begin to uncover its secrets.
With Garry Oak, we’re managing a resource that is, by its very nature, scarce—whether out in the world or in the aisles of our rackhouse. What we have to work with one year is altogether different the next. But this scarcity is ultimately what makes Garryana so challenging and thus so interesting to explore.
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