I am always in search of American distilleries trying to match the peat in Scotch whiskies. Put an American peated whiskey in front of me and I’m going to want to taste it. This was the case when my favorite bartender Joe at the Omni Parker brought out Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey to show us what new whiskey’s they had on their shelves. Previous to this I had not been aware of the distillery, which is located in Washington State.
I’ll be honest, the peat notes in this whiskey don’t compare to those found in Scotch Single Malts.
Nose: sweet, salt and oak
Palate: salt, light peat, spices and earthiness
Finish: light smoke with lingering notes of earthiness
This whiskey is good, but it didn’t blow me away. If handed to me I will drink it but I would not pay $70 for a bottle. I think that is a little high for a whiskey that doesn’t fully deliver on the peat which by the name should be the star.
If you are afraid of trying peat and want a mellow transition into peat without it being in your face, this is the whiskey to try. This whiskey is a good transition into heavily peated whiskies, the notes are subtle and easily drinkable.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.