To produce our single malts, we adopt the same basic raw materials and processes used for generations in the old world, but we don’t simply seek to replicate the results. With each expression we endeavor 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. For centuries, single malt whiskey has been considered solely the domain of Scotland. Now, Westland is leading the emergence of an entirely new category of single malt whiskey. Our Pacific Northwest climate is ideally suited for the production of single malt whiskey. Washington contains two of the best barley-growing regions in the world, our remarkable water is sourced from the Cascade Mountains and we’re surrounded by a cultural heritage that encourages questioning of long-standing conventional thinking. Thoughtfully made….
It is hard not to partake in this Seattle-produced whiskey and think that the coffee flavors aren’t intentional. With the malted barley coming in at different roasting levels, you can certainly understand it. Along with coffee, there is toffee and vanilla but also pipe tobacco and leather. The palate lends just enough sweetness to make these qualities not overpowering. This is a young whiskey, but is a nice preview of the “Thoughtfully made” Westland whiskeys to come.