Westland American Single Malt PlumpJack Private Selection
This American single malt is distilled in Seattle using 100% malted barley. In this particular bottle, 90% is sourced from Washington State, and is comprised of 5 different types of malt: Munich, extra special, brown, pale chocolate, and Washington Select. Additionally, a strain of Belgian brewer's yeast is used. This whiskey is a great crossover for a bourbon drinker because like bourbon and unlike most Scotch malt whiskies, it is aged in new American oak barrels. The use of brown and roasted malts give this whiskey a nice rich chocolate flavor complimented by coffee notes. The Westland has a gorgeous mahogany color and great viscosity welcoming you with aromas of chocolate, caramel, bananas foster, fresh roasted coffee and malted milk balls. The palate confirms the initial flavors with big bold hits of roasted malt and spice finishing for days with more chocolate. At cask strength 54% abv, this whiskey is stout but smooth and great on its own. The addition of water opens up the flavors and mellows out the heat on the finish a bit. You may enjoy this whiskey on its own, but it is great with a spread of fine chocolate or even cheese.