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.

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?

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.

Thanks for reading!

Reviews #305-#307

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