Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Westland American Single Malt, Peated & Sherry Wood

Hi guys,

I was standing in The Whisky Exchange’s new shop in Covent Garden, London, when I noticed a Brand Ambassador standing by a small stand with some whiskey on. What whiskey? Westland Single Malt American Whiskey.

That intrigued me. Firstly, because I love single malt Scotch and drink/review a lot of it.

Second, because I don’t normally drink that much Bourbon or American whiskey in general.

This seemed like a good go between and something different. Worth giving a try, albeit from little plastic cups. Accordingly, the reviews are quite limited.

Some great info on their website, including fermentation time of 144 hours(!), which is a lot for single malt normally. Minimum age of 24 months, but I think to be sold in Europe as ‘Whiskey’ it has to be aged at least 36? Also, they are using a combination of virgin oak/ex-Bourbon which should give less oak.

Westland American Single Malt 46%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Toasty, nutty, almond, hazelnut, vanilla.
Taste: Toasty oak, vanilla, nutty.
Finish: Medium length. More toasted oak.
Oooo, like this style. Toasty and nutty, enough going on to make it interesting. The proof helps pull this off.
70/100

Westland American Single malt Peated 46%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Slight Islay peat smoke, vanilla, toasted oak.
Taste: Very little peat here, more on the toasted oak and nuttiness.
Finish: Medium length. A bit more peat.
Currently using Scottish peat I believe, although I think they said they would start using their own peat soon?
68/100

Westland American Single Malt Sherry Wood 46%
Colour: Amber
Body: Medium
Nose: Sweet, very sweet. Sherry, maple syrup, sweet toffee.
Taste: More maple, maple syrup, toasted oak.
Finish: Medium length. Coffee and dark chocolate. Mmmmmm
Yeah, more my style. Really nice sweet notes with the maple syrup, etc. A mix of ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso & PX Sherry Hogsheads and Butts.
74/100

Thanks for reading!

Reviews #305-#307

Network Average: 74.7
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Worst Score: 44
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65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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