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Westland Distillery was founded in Seattle in 2010 by Matt Hoffman and Emerson Lamb. Since its inception, Matt has been their Master Distiller, a post he holds to this day. The team at Westland are driven by a philosophy that places barley at the heart of their whisky-making. Their vision is to produce exceptional spirits that are truly reflective of their Pacific Northwest environment, while benefiting everyone involved in the production process. Barley, they believe, is one of the central components behind this (alongside the use of oak and peat).
Vice President Chris Riebeck tells us, “We’re looking at barley with a true sense of place: barley that works well within the confines of the Washington State climate, and is good for the farmer, the maltster and the distiller.”
This holistic approach has resulted in a range of unique and distinctive whiskies that are true to their Pacific Coast roots.
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Perhaps Westland’s most important bottling is their signature American Oak where provenance and terroir are to the fore. Brassy gold in the glass, honey, vanilla and caramelised banana leap out of the glass alongside lifted floral notes. On the palate notes of treacle, apple, cinnamon and vanilla evolve into tarte tatin and strudel, ending on a long coffee, praline note. Nowhere is Westland’s vision more prominent, than here: American oak, American Barley, American flavour profiles. Each sip transports me one step closer to the Space Needle and Washington’s great National Parks.
Alex Weller, Account Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Febuary 2023)
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