Review: Westland Distillery Peated American Single Malt Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Westland Distillery.

Image courtesy of Westland Distillery.

First Fill Ex-Bourbon & New American Oak
100% Malted Barley (6 malts)
Distiller Westland (Seattle, Washington)

This is Westland's peated whiskey - made with Saison yeast and a mixture of 6 malts, one of which is a heavily peated malt. It's peaty, but they also make a massively peaty Peat Week limited release each year. Bottled non-chill filtered and without caramel colouring.

Review (2017)

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  • Bottling Date: 2017

Here is some peat! Banana, pear, sharp and mineral-laden peat, clove, moss, prunes, sandalwood, and celery seed. Caramel and fennel grow in the glass. The palate is full of pear, smoke, caramel, toffee, and white pepper – all with a really nice body. The finish has some roasted lemon, celery, toffee, sea salt, and cacao.  I really like it – increasingly as I continue to drink it.

It’s nice – this tastes peated, but not in the style of a Scottish single malt.  

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average.