Westland's peated expression accounts for just 20% of the distillery's annual production. It's a vatting of two separate new-make spirits. The first is a mash of peated malt, among the smokiest produced in the new world (55ppm phenol content derived from U.S. peat bogs). The second comes from a mash of 100% Washington select pale malt. The result is a whiskey "...sturdy enough to satisfy the cravings of those looking for a solid dose of smoke", while the pale malt component contributes grainy and fruity notes. The whisky is matured in a variety of oak, including first-fill ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.
Tasting note: Brilliant gold. Really soft, pillowy peat - smells like gently smoked oatmeal biscuit or choc-chip cookie, with the peat more salient following five minutes air contact; hints of lanolin, moss and finally latent fruitiness comes to the fore. Pear drops? Rhubarb tart? Delicious, oily delivery with the sooty, cocoa-laced peat dripping from the barley. Fresh, lively and exceptionally soft. Ends as purring spices, sweet barley and hints of iodine are rounded off with a satisfying spirit warmth. 46% Alc./Vol.