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Westland Garryanna, 56.2% Price: $125.00

Brand: Westland
Category: Craft Whiskey

This holds real promise for the scotch lover. Interesting vanillin oak, peaty phenols, and adhesive bandage balance the generous, sweet malt foundation. Robust on the palate, but far from fiery, the mouth coating peat takes charge of the marshmallow-sweet malt, before dusty cocoa and dark chocolate win out across the long finish. Like other Westland efforts, this tries hard on many fronts and succeeds on some. It’s hard to deduce what the Oregon Quercus Garryana oak actually brings to the whole.
(Winter 2016) Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth

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Westland American Single Malt Whiskey, 40% Price: $80.00

Brand: Westland
Category: Craft Whiskey

A non-age stated single malt from Washington State. Light amber in color, there’s more oak on the nose than you’d expect, along with baked apple, chocolate, cinnamon, and clove. Chocolate leads the entry, followed by clove, cinnamon, baked apple, and salt. A spicy mid-palate picks up some ginger and a dash of heat. The finish is fairly short and dry. This feels a bit young and lacks depth. An interesting start; let's see where it goes from here.
(Spring 2015) Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman

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Westland Peated American Single Malt, 46% Price: $70.00

Brand: Westland
Category: Craft Whiskey

This young peated malt, aged at least 24 months, has a nice, dry peat smoke nose, backed by honey and oak. On the palate it’s disjointed: the young peat malt argues with the heavy char barrel, a struggle that needs more time to be worked out. Honeyed malt tries to lend support but everything topples in the mid-palate, where things turn dry, spicy, and slightly acidic. A medium finish wraps up a whiskey that simply needs more time.
(Fall 2015) Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman

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Westland Sherry Wood American Single Malt, 46% Price: $70.00

Brand: Westland
Category: Craft Whiskey

With a mash featuring no less than six different kinds of malt and aged in four different barrels (two sherry, a bourbon, and heavy-char new American oak), there are lot of moving parts with this whiskey. A jammy, inviting nose features blackberry jam, raisin, apricot, and ginger. On the palate it’s a cacophonic mess: chocolate and peated malt clash and do battle to grab focus. Add some heavy char and sherry to the mix and it's a bloodbath.
(Fall 2015) Reviewed by: Geoffrey Kleinman

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