Westland "Peat Week" Limited Edition Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1285213 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Fans of smoky Scotch will enjoy this peated American single malt whiskey, the third annual release from the producer. It’s golden in the glass, with a pineapple aroma underpinned by a whisper of peat. On the palate, peat takes center stage from the first sip, bold but not overwhelming, while tropical fruit moves to a supporting role, alongside vanilla, honey and a delicate ginger finish. Ideal for a Penicillin cocktail. (KN)  (7/2017)

K&L Notes

Westland's 2016 edition of "Peat Week"--a limited-edition malt made in celebration of an annual week-long event dedicated to the joys of peated whisky--was a originally a prize for whisky pilgrims who made the voyage to the Seattle distillery this past fall. Luckily for us, we have friends in high places at the distillery. We managed to get our hands on an exclusive allocation of the 100-proof, smoky, single-malt delight, and we think fans of Westland and Islay both are going to be pleased. The 2016 Peat Week commemorative bottling drinks like a smokier version of Talisker in that it's equally as fruity as it is peaty. There are gobs of creamy banana on the palate that blossom into peaty and smokier notes of campfire, all framed in sweet barley and vanilla. Think of Caol Ila with less intensity or Kilchoman with more finesse. Or maybe put the Peat Week into its own category as a whole. We've certainly never tasted a peated American single malt this delicious. The finish is a flurry of cinnamon, cloves and oak spices that come into focus as the peat begins to fade. Westland continues to impress with its precocious lineup of single-malt whiskies, and the 2016 edition of Peat Week is one of the best releases yet.

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2017 | Send Email
I have long been a fan of Westland, and anyone who I have talked their ear off on whiskey will invariably end up with me explaining why they should drink Westland. One of the other things I almost always mention too is that they do so much more than the three bottles that you could find available to buy most places. So when I heard they would be bottling their 2016 Peat Week batch for us I was like a fat puppy looking at a treat. When I was able to actually taste it I was not disappointed in the slightest. The fruit int his bottle is insane! Big tropical fruit notes blend with the peat and create a full rich smokey creamy delicious whiskey. This is no shy delicate type, this is a bottle that is not afraid to go big and bring the flavor.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2017 | Send Email
This is one for lovers of smoky whiskies. There are definite smoke aromas that have nice fruit undertones. In the mouth there is still a distinct influence of smoke that is intermixed with full and rich fruit flavors. There is a full mouth-feel, helping insure that this whisky is no wallflower.

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United States

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Alcohol Content (%): 50