Westland Sherry Wood American Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1199225 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Made from 100% malted barley and aged in former sherry casks, this amber whiskey has a dry, bracing scent brushed with dried apricot and brown sugar. Just a splash of water brings out custard-like notes, alongside vanilla, chamomile tea and stone fruit, finishing with a wisp of smoke. (KN)  (7/2015)

Wine & Spirits

 Seattle’s Westland Distillery may be the country’s foremost producer of American single-malt whiskey, especially considering its most recent releases. The Peated blends a heavily peated spirit with a mash of fruity, grainy Washington-grown pale malt to give a whiskey with the smoky snarl of peat that’s elegantly tucked into a smooth, harmonious drink. The Sherry Wood whiskey shows a similar touch, the maple and toffee hallmarks of Sherry oak present but not overwhelming. (JM)  (11/2015)

Whisky Advocate

 Sweet vanilla, dried berries, and a soft display of woodsmoke introduce this whiskey. While notably improved from earlier bottlings, the sherry is still rendered a bit dull, like chocolate-covered cherries, as smoky cocoa nibs and the chewy malt meet on the palate, offering a honeyed finish with hints of baking chocolate. (JL, Fall 2017)

K&L Notes

Seattle's single malt sensation Westland Distillery is back with a new expression aged in sherry that mimics some of the finest and most beloved Speyside malts from Scotland's Highland region. In the style of Macallan or Glenfarclas, the supple, soft, fudgy, cocoa flavors are more pronounced from the sherry maturation and the richness of the palate is enhanced beyond what we've seen in the standard Westland expression. It's a more decadent version of what we already love about America's top single malt distillery and an exciting glimpse into what's promising to be a very bright future.

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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2016 | Send Email
The fact that this bottle comes from perhaps the coolest distillery in the United States right now, and the fact that it is priced at under $75 are only really relevant if it is good. Fortunately for everyone involved, from the makers to the drinkers, it is very good indeed. A rich nose of loads of dense fruit, hints of smoke, a little vanilla and nuttiness and this all in the initial sniff. The body holds all the the smell of this whiskey promises, the sherry casking adding it's compounding notes of pecan and mocha to the toasted vanilla and baked fruit of the whiskey. Spices on the finish with some heat keep this whiskey long in the memory. In short, it is beautiful.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2016 | Send Email
My personal favorite of our current Westland lineup. Aromas of Fig Newtons, toasted pecan, mocha and dried yellow fruits to cap it off. It isn't too oily or sweet, it's an honest, lively whiskey that begs to be had neat, or with a single rock.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2015 | Send Email
A tasty West Coast single malt that is easy to drink and enjoy. The sherry aging adds some richness, making this version of Westland single malt a juicy and round spirit. A delectable delight to have straight or with some ice.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2015 | Send Email
Same Westland intensity, balance and quality but wrapped up in decadent Christmas cake spices, dried fruit, lovely nutty rancio tones and with a softer edge of caramelized berries. Great texture and layers of flavor. The best American Single Malt that has passed my lips thus far.

By: Danielle Freschet | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2015 | Send Email
The Westland Sherry Aged Single Malt is incredibly expressive and complex. The influence from the sherry gives a beautiful fruity aspect along with vanilla and warm spices. The palate is powerful and has a slightly spicy finish. Definitely do not miss this one, it’s a hit.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/2/2015 | Send Email
A stunning sherry expression that really redefines my entire perception of American single malt. This is incredible stuff, on the level of some of the younger Glendronach and Aberlour single whiskies from Scotland. Westland is already on another level that all other American single malt distilleries. Based on this incredible whiskey, I have to think it's only a few more years before they're completely dominant. Buy in now, while the gettin's good. That's my advice.

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2015 | Send Email
One of the best American Single Malts I have tasted, period. Westland is doing everything properly, no corners cut, the proper still, and high quality wood, each of these factors going in to creating a whisky that is every bit as good as its Scottish counterparts. Full of sherry richness, dates, sweet roasted pecans, and lush mahogany notes, like a fine library. The quality of the sherry really jumped out of the glass--I find that smaller producers often have overall a much better quality of wood due to the fact they are not buying lots of hundreds of barrels, so the essence of sherry barrels are more purely expressed. For Mac 12 fans, this is an exciting local alternative that really offers a ton of quality.

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Alcohol Content (%): 46