Westland Distillery: AMERICAN OAK
Unlike traditional peated whiskies which use 100% peated malt, we balance the smoke with rich barley character by introducing non‐peated malts. While many peated whiskies follow the very traditional model of 100% peated malt to displaying a raw and heavy smoke character, we work to build on this tradition with new world sensibilities. We introduce non‐peated malts, most of which are grown locally in Washington State, in a ratio that actually outweighs the peated malt. The addition of our innovative five‐malt spirit in each bottling brings a balance of malty notes to the peat that reflects local creative culture.SEE MORE
Using our five‐malt spirit to complement the vibrant sherry influence of the casks we create a whiskey that is decadent but still gives the barley an equal voice.SEE MORE
The second edition of Colere continues our exploration of new varieties of barley, bred outside the commodity system with flavour first in mind (not just yield). Colere Edition 2 is a limited annual bottling made with Talisman, a 2-row winter variety descended from the irrepressible Marris Otter and matured in only used casks to relegate the oak influence to a supporting role and focus the attention on the grain itself.SEE MORE
In Edition 6, Garry Oak co-mingles with both Brandy and Sherry casks. The Brandy gives a bright filter to the savory spice of Garry Oak while the Pedro Ximénez sherry brings classic darker fruits with muted sweetness.SEE MORE
Edition 5 has a higher percentage of Garry Oak casks in the blend than any previous edition. Combining pale malt spirit with only peated spirit, it is also the simplest in construction.SEE MORE
In 2010 we set out to bring a new and distinctly American voice to the world of single malt. Each of the whiskeys in our Heritage Collection exhibit the fundamental intention of the Westland house style that emerged in those early days: a balanced, barley-forward whiskey that honors tradition but also moves it forward in a new way. All are made from 100% malted barley, fermented with a unique Belgian Saison Brewer’s yeast and matured in a variety of cask types—leading to new and distinctly American flavor profiles. From that starting point, each expression offers a variation of a house style that departs from expected conventions of single malt whiskey in their own way.
Ten years later we continue the pursuit but our whiskeys and house style has evolved. The Heritage Collection stands now as our opening statement on the world of single malt as it existed a decade ago. Today the landscape is different. The American Single Malt Whiskey category has set firm roots. A renaissance in raw materials is afoot. Terroir in whiskey is being embraced rather than denied. New possibilities are being explored worldwide.