Westland Distillery Winter American Single Malt Whiskey 2016
The release of Westland Winter celebrates the stark contrasts of the season. At once brisk and cozy, austere and comforting, it hovers over the threshold of the season's two theaters, the hinterland and the hearth. Nine casks were married for this release. Smoke is the one constant, its waft on the wind carrying us in and out of each scene. The ex-bourbon casks shape the whiskey into a fully realized portrait of winter, but this release's ascendant feature is a single ex-Olorosso hogshead of peated spirit. This sherry cask, with its immense richness and assertive peatiness, reminds us that this time of year togetherness is warming and indulgence is forgiven.
The nose introduces fresh apple, raisin sauce, light peat smoke and cocoa powder while the palate transforms these initial explorations and delivers fruit cake, cooked apples, gingerbread and mocha for a nuanced and satisfying dram.
Wine EnthusiastA locavore single malt to savor. Look for a golden hue and smoky aroma framed by fresh pear. Peat smoke is pronounced on the astringent, drying palate. Adding water coaxes gentle pear and vanilla forward, though the pleasingly smoky flavor remains, winding into a mouthwatering clove-accented finish.