Today I am tasting my first whiskey from Westland Distillery, an American distillery making single malts whiskies.
I am tasting their Westland Peated Malt. They share every detail about the whisky here. Here are some of the information:
This Peated Malt whiskey is a variation on our house style made from a mash of peated malt that is among the smokiest in the world. We combine that with a variety of malt-focused spirits that together create a single malt whiskey that encompasses a wide spectrum of peaty and smoky flavors without dominating the palate. The peat character is sturdy enough to satisfy the cravings of those looking for a solid dose of smoke, while malt-focused mash bills contribute grainy and fruity notes that round out the whiskey. Westland’s Peated Malt is filled primarily into new American oak and 1st-fill used American oak, resulting in a multi-dimensional and balanced peated single malt whiskey.
The whiskey is at least 24 months old and bottled at 46 ABV.
Young and malty on the nose. Oaky and woody. Quite cold with eucalyptus and mint. I get some other herbs as well like thyme and tarragon. A hint of nail polish remover. Suprisingly smooth on the palate at first. Then it gets salty and spicy, especially white and black pepper. The peat is hiding in the background. The finish is dry and nutty. The peat is more prominent here.
My score: nose 19 / taste 20 / finish 20 / balance 20 = 79
Image from Westland Distillery.