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Westland Garryana Whiskey
Westland Garryana Whiskey

Westland Garryana 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. Edition 5 has a higher percentage of Garry Oak casks in the blend than any previous edition. Combining pale malt spirit with only peated spirit, it is also the simplest in construction. But that simplicity belies a depth of character that marries the unique flavors of each to create something altogether new.
Item Number: Westland Garryana Whiskey
Availability: In Stock 2
Size: 750ML

WESTLAND GARRYANA WHISKEY EDITION 5

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.

Edition 5 has a higher percentage of Garry Oak casks in the blend than any previous edition. Combining pale malt spirit with only peated spirit, it is also the simplest in construction. But that simplicity belies a depth of character that marries the unique flavors of each to create something altogether new.

TASTING NOTES:
Nose: A sweet fragrance of cottonwood serves as the greeting followed by Waffle Crisps cereal and rich smoked chocolate notes.

Palate: Signature barbecue notes are front and center. It’s spicy and savory, reminiscent of burnt ends. Along with it are notes of cacao butter, charred maple wood, and clove.

CASK TYPES: 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Quercus alba (64%), Virgin Quercus garryana (36%)

TOTAL BOTTLED: 5,625

FORMAT: 750ml

GRAIN BILL: Washington Select Pale Malt, Bairds Heavily Peated Malt

CASK MATURATION TIMES: 45 Months

ABV: 50%

Enduring and stoic, Quercus garryana, the Pacific Northwest’s native oak, stands as a testament to terroir and perseverance. Its mighty trunk sheathed in thick, mossy bark. Its roots, like our roots, are dug deep into the earth of this place. Above, it towers steadfast and unmoving, but below is the persistent draw, the low churning hum of life and energy pulling up from the soil.

Garryana American Single Malt Whiskey pursues true provenance with the introduction of an entirely new species of oak to the world of whiskey. In our work, we create a record of the oak’s distinctive characteristics and reveal unique expressions of Pacific Northwest terroir.

CHARTING OAK

At Westland, we’re compelled to look out so that we might see possibilities others don’t recognize. But seeing opportunity is not enough. You have to have the wherewithal to do something about it.

Our native species of oak grows in a narrow band from southern BritishColumbia to the very northern reaches of California. In addition to its limited natural range, Garry Oak now grows in only five percent of its former habitat. Because this oak is so rare and so difficult to find, no system has been built for it. So we’ve had to create the supply chain from the ground up. Working closely with our forestry experts, mills, and coopers, we’ve been able to not only establish an economy around Garry Oak, but along the way begin to uncover its secrets.

With Garry Oak, we’re managing a resource that is, by its very nature, scarce—whether out in the world or in the aisles of our rackhouse. What we have to work with one year is altogether different the next. But this scarcity is ultimately what makes Garryana so challenging and thus so interesting to explore.


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