The Westland American Single Malt Whiskey: a simple and very well made American single malt.
The Westland American Single Malt Whiskey is distilled in Seattle using 100% malted barley, the vast majority of which is sourced from Washington State. It has a grain bill of five different roasted and kilned barley malts: Munich, extra special, brown, pale chocolate, and Washington Select. Additionally, a strain of Belgian brewer's yeast is used.
This expression is matured in heavily charred virgin American oak casks, it is non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV and contains no artificial colouring. The average price of this bottle is around $60.
On the nose: toasted almonds, espresso, caramel, vanilla and leather notes. A simple but attractive nose.
On the palate: slightly rough but becomes smoother with every sip. You'll get sweet notes of milk chocolate, espresso, toffee and vanilla.
Finish: medium length and sweet.
Overall: the Westland American Single Malt is Westland's flagship brand and they should be proud of it. Despite its lack of complexity, we really enjoyed it as the flavours were rich and well balanced. Be warned that this is a young whisky and can be a bit rough around the edges.