Westland Garryana 2020 Edition 5 Single Malt Whiskey
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This is the fifth edition of Westland Garryana, an annual release for the Seattle-based distillery. This fifth edition is also part of the newly announced Outpost Range, whiskeys which highlight a central raw ingredient in single malt production with an emphasis on terroir. Garryana's focus is the wood used in its production - Quercus garryana, a native species of oak from the Pacific Northwest. This edition matures peated spirit in virgin Quercus garryana (36%) and the remainder in first-fill ex-bourbon Quercus Alba (American white oak).
Though the Garryana wood is the focus of the whisky, the dominant aroma and flavor wafting from the glass is freshly burning leaves. Further sips reveal sweet red apple and brown pear, black pepper and Szechuan spice mix (minus the anise). The texture is quite creamy with a pleasant tinge of burn on the finish.