Review: Westland Reverie American Single Malt Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Westland Distillery.

Image courtesy of Westland Distillery.

Multiple casks; 4-5 years old
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Westland (Seattle, Washington)

Reverie is a new brand of limited edition Westland whiskies, focused around innovation/experimentation. This has quite the mix, indeed - it’s a blend of Westland’s signature 5 malt distillate, their Washington malt distillate, and their peated malt distillate. It’s matured in ex-bourbon, cooper’s reserve, cooper’s select, refill cooper’s select, muscatel, and refill muscatel casks. And all that work for just 900 bottles! The whole blending process is diagrammed out quite well on Westland’s website, if you are really curious about what is going on.

Bottled non-chill filtered and without caramel colouring.

Review (2018)

  • Batch: Fig. 1 (900 bottles produced)

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2018

The nose has such beautiful grain notes – really nice bright, roasted maltiness. Smoke, grain, peaches, dried apricot, red pepper jelly, pineapple, real (not artificially flavoured) fruit leather, caramel, and baking spices. Very nice!

The palate continues with toffee and sweet fruit, lots of roasted malt, light smoke, apricot, and a really nice barley character. It has a really nice body – viscous, with a nice mix of sweetness, tannins, spiciness, and development of flavour. A good story, this one. The finish has lots of bright malt notes, white pepper and light tannins.

A very good and very different Westland. Very well done!

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). It’s just a touch shy of very highly recommended.

Value: Low. This goes for about 125 USD, and, the way I view value – above $100 means you are really offering some of the best whisky on the planet. This stuff is still quite good, though, obviously.