Editor's Choice Issue Five Peggy Noe Stevens Susan Reigler Tastings

Westland Distillery – Garryana Native Oak

Westland Distillery 
Garryana Native Oak 
Westland Distillery

Proof: 112
ABV: 56%
Style: Single malt
State: WA 
Price: $$$

Peggy Noe Stevens – 8.9 

Nose: Beautiful nose with banana and backed by a solid feel of oak. Big cereal notes and smoky goodness of molasses. 

Palate: Builds on your palate with huge campfire smoke and classy wood tannins. Spicy nutmeg and ginger abound only to feel the candied dates and fig. 

Finish: Full-flavored finish that is long, sweet and dry. 

Comment: Clamps down a bit at the beginning bite then circulates the entire mouth for a truly pleasant expression. 

Susan Reigler – 9.0 

Nose: Spicy caramel with cinnamon-sprinkled baked apples. The malt takes over and the nose becomes more like a malted milk ball coved in light chocolate. 

Palate: Happily, the malted milk ball is the predominant flavor on the palate, with a bit of cinnamon and fruit providing balance. 

Finish: The finish becomes nutty and the nuts and spices persist in a long finish.  

Comment: A little water releases more baking spice, such as cinnamon and allspice. 


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