Smoky Seattle Single Malt champion
Not far away from Elliott Bay, a bold new distillery was established in 2010 by two childhood friends: Master Distiller Matt Hoffman and CEO Emerson Lamb. They called it Westland Distillery and their Spirits embody the nature of the Pacific Northwest. Matt, as many other Whiskey-makers, went to Scotland and absolutely fell in love with the Single Malt. The distillery's two copper pot stills create the core American Single Malt Whiskey, which is made using malted barley, at a single distillery, just like in Scotland - except American laws are laxer and allow more experimentation.
Westland American Oak Single Malt is a wonderful concoction with added specialty malts fermented with a Belgian brewer's yeast for six days, crafted from a version of Westland house malt style, and made from immensely smoky peat. The Spirit opens a pleasant peat landscape with the malt-forward profile that rounds of the smoke. Coming from fresh American oak casks and barrels that used to hold Bourbon adds a lovely new angle to the world of peated Whiskeys.