Country: USA
Region: Washington
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 46%
Score: 90 points

Westland Sherry Wood American Single Malt. Image courtesy Westland Distillery. This single malt from Seattle’s Westland Distillery has a complex story: six different types of malted barley and four different types of casks (including Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez casks), all coming together with just 26 months of maturation to produce a very interesting whisky.

The nose has notes of vanilla cake batter, maple oatmeal cereal, and hints of banana, coconut, oak, and toffee. The taste starts off with citrus notes of mango, grapefruit, and a hint of pineapple, along with a touch of maltiness, crystallized ginger, and a hint of oatmeal cereal coming out as the citrus notes start to fade. The finish has a nice touch of crystallized ginger, oatmeal cereal and malt notes, and a touch of orange oils. The overall balance is nice and complex. (February, 2015)