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Westland Garryana

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  • Distiller:

    Westland

  • Bottler:

    Westland

  • ABV:

    56.2%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Like other Westland efforts, this tries hard on many fronts and succeeds on some. It’s hard to deduce what the Oregon Quercus Garryana oak actually brings to the whole.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Finally, it's tied together with earthy coffee and even a slight peatiness mixed with brine and smoked meat. It's interesting to taste, but also highly sippable.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long with a good spiciness, oak, and once again…apricot jam. A very unique single malt!
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Smoldering and lingering on the finish, the whiskey eventually finds a lovely balance between sweet and savory, though it feels a bit short on depth. Still, considering its youth, there’s plenty to engage the senses here.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: Adding much-needed dilution changes the flavor profile from orange and vanilla to mellower almond and coconut, with a mouthwatering clove finish.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: 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.
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  • Intro:

    (This review is for the 2016 release)

  • 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. Its 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.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
  • Our in house critic rates spirits on a scale of 0-10 (10 best) and is aggregated the same as external sources
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