Westland Garryana Edition 4|1

Overall rating
86.06/100
votes
20
Whiskybase ID
WB140411
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Native Oak Series
Bottled
2019
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Market
United States United States
Added on
10 oct 2019 11:36 am by ialdous

Average value

€ 190.90

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Whisky reviews for Westland Garryana Edition 4|1

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.06 points.

  1. Thermidor scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Tasted blind.

    Uhh, what's that 89 average score doing here? This is a bog-standard young "new distillery" malt. The nose was nice the first five minutes, really fruity and candied, but unfortunately that young distillery flour smell and taste I associate with young whiskey + multiple cask type mixes is pretty prominent here after 10 minutes in the glass and first taste.
    • Nose
      Fruity, resinous, feels like new oak. Slightly boozy, with this hint of ethanol in the back. After a while, fruit candy and flour. Adding water makes that flour side stronger and brings out some spices.
    • Taste
      A bit rough on the entry, then fruity and sweet, with ethanol lurking behind it. Some yeastiness. On the second sip and after, it feels bland and reminds me of some young Speys, although this distillate lacks character.
    • Finish
      Drying, resinous, and faintly dusty. The finish is not aligned with the fruitiness in the nose and the first taste.

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  3. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Another beautiful bottle from Seattle’s Westland Distillery. I love the different casks they married together in this edition of the Garryana Oak series. The rye casks impart a subtle spice that complements that natural bouquet of Christmas flavors brought by the sherry. The Garry oak influence is apparent as it highlights some of the cocoa and slightly savory notes that otherwise play a mostly background role in the flavor profile.

    Does this bottle represent the dueling influence of Ex-Sherry and Garryana Oak Casks? I am not sure. While the sherry influence is apparent in some of the fruity notes it does not really stand out as a dominant flavor. This edition does not feel as if it were the celebration of sherry and garry’s marriage. It is maybe just too balanced against the addition of ex-bourbon and ex-rye casks. It is less a marriage of two than it is a double date.

    It is this second couple, the ex-American whiskey barrels that play a dominant role in mediating the profiles of the others. Since ex-bourbon/rye casks make up effectively 50% of the wood in which the spirit matured— does this vatting really represent the dueling flavor influence of garryana and sherry casks or does it represent the influence of ex-rye and bourbon? Perhaps the real question answered with this release is whether or not Garryana can play a supporting rather than starring role in the overall cask influence profile of the single malt.
    • Nose
      Rich layers of figgy pudding and creamy pear custard. Crisp apples and pears tumble out with dry cocoa powder and creamy butter. It is a pie, a tart, a pudding— a lightly salted crust absolutely brimming with fruit and velvety custard. At times the creamy sweetness reminds me of a rice pudding with pickled ginger steam. Toward the end, more candied notes begin to appear: grape-flavored pop rocks or soft cotton candy.
    • Taste
      Medium bodied with a lovely waxy character. Tingling mulled wine spices hit the sides of the tongue before concentrated fruity notes take over. Poached pears, apples, or even a bit of bright tropical dragon fruit are joined by sour cherries and the bitter acidity of green coffee beans. The pie notes from the nose are gone replaced by a fruitcake jam-packed with alcohol-soaked dried fruits or maybe a spongy carrot cake.
    • Finish
      Medium-length cream and baking spices are accompanied by a salty astringency that lingers pleasantly a bit longer.

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    First time trying a Westland. Quite nice!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Quite impressive. Fresh and lively, with sweetness of pear and apples combined with a hint of fruity sourness. It's thick and coarse. Loads of creamy vanilla/coconut buttercream. If I didn't know better, I would think this was a 30-40 year old ex-bourbon cask Speyside.
    • Taste
      89 89
      To be honest, there is a bit of the 1973 yo fino cask Speysides in this one. If you look at some of my reviews of those, the descriptors are quite similar. It is slightly "hot" though and the flavors don't stay in the tongue that long. With water, this becomes quite thin in terms of viscosity. but the vanilla and fruitiness have good staying power.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Again, thin, but remains true. No big off-flavors. Some salinity at the end.

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