Westland Distillery launched its second expression of Garryana Single Malt in June 2017, and the whiskey is reviewed in the Fall 2017 issue of Whisky Advocate. Here, we bring you the advance tasting note by executive editor Jeffery Lindenmuth.
Westland Garryana 2|1 Single Malt—$150, 86 points
Aromas of wood smoke with hints of hot tar and rubber are draped over ripe berry fruit. Dark and somewhat brash, it comes off a touch hot, fully revealing its 100 proof, becoming more fruit driven on the palate, as sweet berry, buckwheat honey and sorghum syrup give way to smoldering baking spice on the drying oak-laced finish. More muscle than finesse, however the 21% Quercus garryana is revealing itself more in this second iteration.