The Apprentice #4: Westland Sherry Cask, American Single Malt, 46%


In today’s world of whisky, the country of origin is no barrier to quality. Spearheaded by the acceptance of Japanese whisky, great drinks can be found wherever passionate and talented people with a license to distill get together. With a long tradition of enjoying alcohol, the USA is out to prove that it is so much more than Jack and Jim.

Hailing from Seattle, the Westland Distillery was founded in 2010. After six short years they were awarded World Craft Producer of the Year by Whisky Magazine, leading to being snapped up by Remy Cointreau.

This Single Malt is actually a mashbill of five different types of brewer’s malts, fermented with Saison brewer’s yeast. It is aged for at least three years, then bottled at 46% without colouring or chill- filtration. This particular release
is matured in a combination of American Oak and European Sherry Oak, with a commitment to using ‘real’ casks rather than seasoned woodchips.


Tasting notes are a guideline only. Everyone responds to the flavours in a whisky in different ways, so you may describe it differently.


Delightfully rich and chocolatey, with only a hint of youth. Backed up with coffee and dark fruits.


Classic oloroso sherry combination of nuts, dried fruits and balsamic.


Medium-length, with the oak becoming more influential.