Westland Reverie Fig. 1 is the start of a limited release series by Westland Distillery embracing an unconventional approach to the making of single malt whiskey. Each new release promising to be different than the last.
Fig. 1 is a distillery exclusive and was first released on November 3, 2018. I was able to pick one up during my Seattle trip back in January. The mash bill consists of three different barley’s: Five Malt, Washington Malt and Peated Malt. It is matured in six different casts at a minimum time of 49 months.
Nose: honey, spices, almonds and apricot
Palate: sweet, honey, pepper, fruit, spices and almonds
Finish: spices and oak
If this is what unconventional and experimental tastes like, then I am on board. This whiskey is absolutely fantastic. My goal when visiting the distillery was just to buy their Peat Week but this whiskey took me by surprise. It is so good that I ended up purchasing a bottle as well. It is a tad bit expensive at around $120, but boy, do I think it’s worth it.
There is a great deal of complexity to this whiskey. It’s different to anything else they have put out, but also, very different to anything else I have tasted. There is balance, sweetness, spices and an oiliness that lends itself to a smooth finish. I would buy this whiskey again and really wish it wasn’t a distillery exclusive. It just means I have to keep visiting Washington.
If you are in the Seattle area they do offer tastings at the distillery and I highly recommend trying.
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.