Westland Sherry Wood Single Malt Whiskey
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Westland Sherry Wood Single Malt Whiskey

Item # 33300 750mL
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Tasting Notes

With their partnership at Toneleria del Sur in Montilla firmly established, Westland has secured some of the largest and highest quality stocks of used Sherry casks in the States. Masterfully re-purposed by head cooper Rafael Cabello to age a special six-grain mashbill of Washington select pale malt, Munich malt, extra-special malt, pale chocolate malt, brown malt, and a tiny amount of peated malt for good measure. After a full week of fermentation, new make is aged for over two years in a combination of ex-Oloroso hogsheads and butts, ex-Pedro Ximenez hogsheads and butts, ex-bourbon barrels, and heavily charred new American oak. Wow! That adds up to a ton of flavor in every drop. No doubt about it; these folks are at least making sure they are giving you your money's worth! Notes for this great dram include granola, dates, new leather, moss, fresh hazelnuts, vanilla beans, espresso foam, pecan pie, dried figs, and more.

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Staff Pick Notes

In the same vein that New York distillers are pioneering their own classification of Empire Rye, Westland Distillery out of Washington is leading their own charge of American Single Malt. Having the chance to visit the operation while in Seattle, I learned more about their meticulous five grain mash bill and dedication to new American Oak. Their innovation from the Scottish traditions made me appreciate what was going into my whiskey even more. Maturation in sherry casks is nothing new, but Westland goes against the grain by balancing out the sherry cask with cooper’s select and cooper’s reserve barrels, while incorporating the potency of their local malted barley flavor. The sherry casks provide vibrant intensity, but give equal agency to the malted barley. Expect notes of oatmeal cookies, maple syrup, stewed fruits and pâte à choux.


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