Tasting a lineup of samples from Westland American Single Malt Whiskey Distillery, thanks to help from Joshua Hatton, from Single Cask Nation
I’m doing my best to network with people in the whisky world, reaching out and asking for samples.
Most brand ambassadors are amenable to helping me acquire samples of their brand portfolios for review, and I've been able to taste lineups from John Dewar & Sons' Fine Scotch Whisky Emporium, Four Roses, Kilchoman, and Ardbeg.
Joshua was kind enough to introduce me to Sam Filmus, president of ImpEx, and he arranged for me to be sent a lovely sample Impex Beverages lineup.
Later I reached out again to Joshua, and he reconnected me with Chris Riesbeck, the Eastern brand Ambassador for Westland Distillery. Chris was able to arrange for a delivery of Westland samples, and I realized I had tried the lineup before.
Westland American Single Malt Distillery
At Home, August 19, 2018
Westland American Single Malt Oak
- Nose: honey, vanilla cream, lightly grassy, muted baking spices
- Taste: soft, thick, oaky, light brown sugar, cardamom, ginger
- Finish: baking spices and ginger linger along with the vanilla and oak
- Comments: very pleasant sipping...sweet with a ginger snap finish. Layers of flavors...excellent!
Westland Sherry Wood American Single Malt
- Nose: oak, raisins, light vanilla fudge, orange peel, brown sugar
- Taste: oak, cream, soft, thick, vanilla fudge, subtle cinnamon, light plums
- Finish: brown sugar and baking spices
- Comments: this is such a great dram...rich cooked fruit with soft spices
Westland Peated American Single Malt
- Nose: oak then smoke, vanilla extract, pine in the background
- Taste: vanilla, oak, then forest campfire smoke with muted baking spices
- Finish: smoke and soft baking spices
- Comments: gentle smoke is balanced with oak and vanilla, and the cinnamon is soft. Very nice approachable peat!
Different time frame, different results
As with the Nikka and Kavalan revisit, this time I noticed different aspects in this Westland American Single Malt lineup than before, while others remained consistent.
That’s the benefit of a developing palate, and in my estimation there’s nothing wrong with that. Hey, I’m willing to try things over again!
Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!