Review #337 – Westland Garryana
Whiskey Network Review #337 | /r/Bourbon Review #184 – , 112.4pf | 56.2% ABV
The Rub: “Who or what is Garryana? It’s short for Quercus garryana, a species of oak native to the Pacific Northwest, where Westland Distillery is based. While American oak barrels are traditionally formed form Quercus alba, a species of oak common to the midwest, Westland, as you might have guessed, aged part of this limited edition release of its single malt whiskey in so-called Garry oak, where it spent three years slumbering before hitting the bottle. Westland has more information than you could ever want to read about Garry oak at the link below, so I’ll leave that fun to them. In brief: 21% of the whiskey is distilled from pale malt aged in new Garry oak, the rest is a smattering of different malts (including peated malt) aged in Alba oak (mostly new, but 10% used).”
Distiller: Westland (Seattle, WA)
ABV: 56.2% ABV | 112.4 Pf
Bottle: One of 2,500.
Source: /r/scotchswap sample
Nose: Really funky – smells more like a bourbon. Cinnamon, maple, brown sugar, cloves, some floral fruity sweetness.
Taste: Much better mouthfeel, although still a hair thin for the proof. Almost a little smokey peaty, overripe fruit, some fleeting sweetness. It’s kind of all over the place. Wet cardboard, some lemon zest. The smokey hint comes and goes. The different malts make their appearances but not very well integrated. The peated malt also kind of stomps over the other more delicate flavors.
Finish: Short – not much there again. Smoke is dominant over just about every note.
Overall: Okay, this is getting better. We’ve got more flavor, a little more solid finish (although still not great) and there is some complexity to be spoken of. It appears this one is quite a bit of work to hunt down, but I don’t understand the appeal. I’ll give this a Rank 5 – big improvement on the previous and I’d drink it if someone handed me a dram. This may sound overly negative but we’re getting closer to a whiskey I can get excited about.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite