Westland Garryana 2021 Edition 6 Single Malt Whiskey
This is the sixth edition of Westland Garryana, an annual release for the Seattle-based distillery. This sixth is also part of the new 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 matured in an impressive bevy of casks, with just 25% in virgin garryana. The bulk of the blend (65%) was aged in 2nd fill PX Sherry barrels, with the remainder split between barrels that formerly held Calvados, Washington apple brandy, and American grape brandy. The total aging time for all of them was just under four years.
The nose opens with raspberry reduction, maple candy, dulce de leche, and hints of baking spices, especially clove. The palate goes woody, with cedar and oak fighting it out against a backdrop of cinnamon, dried apricot, and light caramel. Bottled at 50% abv.