Westland Barley Series Maris Otter Single Cask #2560
American Single Malt
Westland // Washington, USA
Westland Distillery has made a commitment to demonstrating the possibilities in barley, and has now released a series of whiskeys that testify to that. Each of the expressions showcases a different type of malted barley, and the resulting flavors which ensue. The three whiskeys in the series were all matured in ex-bourbon casks from Heaven Hill, for a period between 49 and 50 months and were distilled with Belgian Brewer's yeast. Cask #2560 was made with Maris Otter barley from Thomas Fawcett & Sons. This variety was commonly used in authentic British ales and is noted for its biscuit flavor.
American Single MaltMade in the USA from 100% malted barley. Distilled at one distillery. Matured in oak casks no larger than 700L. Distilled to no higher than 160 proof (80% ABV). Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV) or higher. (This is the proposed Standard of Identity by the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission.)
"Chestnut brown in the glass, the nose offers honeyed fruits such as pears and baked apples with cinnamon, as well as vanilla. The palate quickly takes a turn for the darker and richer, with a smorgasbord of chocolate—syrup, dark, cacao nibs—as well as peanut shells. A long finish is stocked with bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder, with spicy oak, molasses, and maple. The clear star of the Barley Series."