Westland Black Raven Cask Exchange 2
American Single Malt
Westland // Washington, USA
This American single malt release is the second for Westland Distillery's Cask Exchange Release series. This time, the brand sent whiskey barrels to Black Raven Brewing Co. in Redmond, Wa. The brewery aged stout beer in two barrels and a kriek style beer in two others. Then the distillery aged their whiskey from 53-80 months in the used beer barrels. Only 952 bottles produced and available exclusively at the Seattle distillery as of March 2019.
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.)
Cask Typeex-Westland whiskey (kriek style) & ex-bourbon (stout)
"Using whiskey barrels to age beer is an intriguing idea, and the beers selected for this one (coffee stout and kriek) are unusual. Hints of coffee come out on the nose, then fade to the background until a taste of dark espresso emerges again on the finish. In between come notes of oak, vanilla, smoke, and dark stone fruit that may be due to the kriek. It's a unique and flavorful dram, with the stout influence standing out as its most interesting feature."