Malted barley is the most complex and flavorful grain used to make whiskey. For centuries, single malt whiskies have been considered solely the domain of Scotland. But a new category of single malt is taking root. One that offers us the chance to make a mark in the world of whiskey. It must be led by your own ideas, done on your own terms and realized through your own hard work. Here in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, we are graced with world-class natural ingredients. Those ingredients inspire us to pursue our own unique American-style single malt to rival the finest whiskies in the world. With each expression we work to create something that both honors the traditions of distilling that we admire and adds something worthwhile at the same time. Something new and distinctly American. The character of our malt provides a wealth of flavor profiles for our whiskies. Regardless of the individual expression, every whiskey at Westland Distillery is underscored by our house style a sweetness and ease on the palate accompanied by a fruity and complex but ultimately grain-focused finish worthy of its place in this new world.
Westland Sherry Wood Single Malt American Whiskey is a story of return. We mature this whiskey in casks that began their lives in the deep forests of the American South before making a long journey across the ocean and back again. It was in Spain where the oak was first bent into staves for casks that would hold Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry for nearly a century. Once emptied, they were given new life and purpose in the skilled hands of Rafael Cabello and his team at Toneleria del Sur in Montilla, Spain. Our long-standing partnership with his family-owned cooperage provides us with one of the largest supplies of sherry casks in the new world-casks that lend the whiskey a decadence that intensifies both the malt and fruit notes indicative of our house style.
NOSE: Soft pancakes with maple syrup, oatmeal raisin cookies and a selection of stewed yellow and green fruits.
PALATE: Grapefruit, the oatmeal raisin cookies begin to share the plate with some gingersnap cookies.
FINISH: Long, dried mango and star fruit emerge with a touch of kiwi to round things off.