The gentlemen at Alba Whisky were kind to send over a trio of samples from the popular Westland Distillery, based in Seattle, U.S.A.
Westland is perhaps the poster boy with respect to the new narrative in whisky production, known for utilizing various barley and yeast strains, it’s certainly an innovative distillery that intrigues a lot of whisky fans.
The American Single Malt is Westland’s flagship expression, the grain bill includes five different types of malts and it’s a vatting from whiskey aged in three types of casks for a minimum of two years.
A vague maltiness bringing about an earthy presence on the nose, light char drawing out notes of ripe pineapples and poached white peaches.
It’s lemony on the palate, with notes of kiwi jam and sun-dried mango slices painting a rather attractive vibe. A heavier earthy tone sets in, with the introduction of digestive biscuits. It grows lighter with the surfacing grassy note and a wee feinty note towards the back end.
Based on the dram, the outlook of the distillery does appear to be rather positive. For a two year old, the dram does seem to offer more. The guys at Westland are certainly onto something..