Westland Hand Filled Distillery Only 5 year Old Moscato Finish

American Single Malt — Washington , USA

4.0 out of 5 stars
This whiskey is from Westland distillery out of Seattle, Washington. They are allowing visitors and tour participants to hand-fill their own bottle of constantly aging whiskey to take home with them. My friend, @PBMichiganWolverine from NJ, took a private tour and was able to secure a bottle of what is now a 5 year old that’s been hanging out in an ex-Moscatel wine cask. This was bottled at 53% ABV and is an amber/red, deep caramel colored whiskey that produces very oily droplets and slow forming legs around the Glencairn. I believe his bottle was complimentary, as well- so that makes VFM a wash. I would assume this bottle would cost the average Joe over $50-60. Let’s see if it’s worth that. The nose was very sweet. Raspberrries, grape must and sherry dominate the aromas. There’s no hint of alcohol and a very weak, cask note. Light vanilla and chocolate float around as well. All the sweetness is very integrated and deep. Dessert, anyone? The palate started out with sweet, milk chocolate notes, tons and tons of sherry and moscatel wine grapes. It’s relatively thick and heavily mouth coating. It’s borderline sickly sweet. There’s a little oak presence, but absolutely zero heat. The finish is chocolatey rich and oily, smooth and mouthwatering. It’s slightly warming and the sweetness lingers on for what I’d call a long finish. Overall, I had extremely high expectations and this one fell short because it really needs more wood influence and heat. This could be drizzled over cake and/or ice cream and work miracles. It’s just too sweet. There’s a big need for some zip or heat here. Thanks again, Mr B. If I had to buy a bottle I’d have to dock it, but for a free bottle it’s a 4 star dram. Honestly, I feel like 3.5 stars is more of an indication of how I feel about the overall tasting experience. Cheers.
  • LeeEvolved

    @PBMichiganWolverine - I had the battery replaced about 8 months ago when Apple offered to replace them over the scandal. It still doesn’t seem like the battery life is as good as it was when the phone was new. I just bought a battery backup case, so that helps.

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @PBMichiganWolverine younger, not older—-typo

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @LeeEvolved for the battery life, if you have iPhone 6 or older, go to the Apple store and get the battery replaced. $30. Really makes a difference. Or you can do like me, and end up upgrading to iPhone 8 after a pretty face talks you into it

  • LeeEvolved

    @Soba45 @PBMichiganWolverine @Generously_Paul @Rick_M - okay, Paul showed me how I can just turn notifications off for this app and not everything so I’ve reinstalled it. Hopefully, Mikael and the gang can get this stuff sorted out- I just can’t have my phone buzzing and waking me up all night, not to mention killing my battery life (it’s bad enough already) lol

  • BDanner

    I must be old school. I rarely use the app. I prefer the website.

  • Rick_M

    "Yes, notifications off on all apps is the only way to go. Except maybe security monitoring.

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @LeeEvolved. I just turned off notifications for this app only.

  • Generously_Paul

    @LeeEvolved you could just turn off notifications for a while instead of deleting. Of course if you’ve already deleted you won’t know that I’ve posted this.

  • Soba45

    @LeeEvolved Ah whaat! Hopefully its a short break :-) I haven't had that issue (I'm using android).

  • LeeEvolved

    Hey guys, I just wanted to post a comment here and let you all know that the issues with this app are forcing me to delete it for the time being. I’ve been getting repeat notifications every 2-3 minutes for hours at a time, through the middle of the night, and all day for the last 2 days. I emailed the Distiller team and they claimed they solved the issue but I’m still getting buzzed dozens of times all night long. This, along with other posting and comment issues has turned this app into a headache to use and not fun at all. I’m going to delete it and just take a break. Hopefully things will get corrected and maybe I’ll return. Cheers and fingers crossed.