Tasting Spirits

This Saturday,”The BackRoom” welcomes the return of..
Nick Taylor!
Nick will present very special spirits
that will make any man feel like “World’s Best Dad”!

Westland American Oak Single Malt Whiskey


In our pursuit of an authentically American single malt whiskey, we bring our signature five-malt barley bill together with new American oak casks—two things practically unheard of in the old world. This combination produces a dramatically different whiskey from what is now commonplace and expected in the single malt category. But just as traditional styles of single malt from Scotland emerged as a reflection of regions such as Islay and Speyside, so too does our American Oak stay true to the provenance of our Pacific Northwest home.

Westland Sherry Wood Single Malt Whiskey


While the practice of maturing whiskey in sherry casks isn’t as long-standing as peated whiskies, it has become a standard of old world sensibilities. We celebrate this custom by filling hogsheads and butts sourced from the same region the Scottish find their casks. But what we do with them differs. Again, our five-malt spirit plays a significant role, allowing us to balance the sherry influence with our local malted barley flavor. We have our sherry casks shipped whole, which is unusual in the business of whiskey. This provides a sherry character that is still incredibly vibrant in this whiskey, but we always ensure the barley notes have an equal voice, something rarely done in Scotland.

Westland Peated Single Malt Whiskey


While many peated whiskies follow the very traditional model of 100% peated malt to displaying a raw and heavy smoke character, we work to build on this tradition with new world sensibilities. We introduce non-peated malts, most of which are grown locally in Washington State, in a ratio that actually outweighs the peated malt. The addition of our innovative five-malt spirit in each bottling brings a balance of malty notes to the peat that reflects local creative culture.

Old Pulteney 12 Years Single Malt Whisky


Appearance:  Deep amber, red golden (with a slight pink hue) sparkling with a copper glow.  Aroma:  Medium to high intensity with a briny hint of sea air.  Taste:  Dry, medium bodied and smooth, redolent of honey and cream, faintly salty with a slight spicy note and a sweet long-lasting finish.

Old Pulteney "Navigator" Single Malt Whisky


Appearance:  Rich golden honeycomb.  Aroma:  Sweet and crisp: tangy apples and dried fruit with hints of chocolate and fresh vanilla.  Taste:  Full bodied and rich: a burst of cocoa, honey and oranges with a long-lasting, spicy finish and suggestion of the sea at the end.

Old Pulteney 15 Years Single Malt Whisky


Appearance:  Rich amber.  Aroma:  Intense yet balanced. Bursting with rich dried fruit, ripe apples and citrus, with honey sweetness and a generous chord of creamy vanilla. Slightly chocolaty and floral in the background. Taste:  Fragrant spices and Christmas cake, with layers of chocolate and a distinct dark toffee sweetness. There is a hint of salty sea air on the finish, a clear connection to the influence of the sea on this single malt.

Old Pulteney 17 Years Old Single Malt Whisky


Appearance:  Red amber with a rich ochre hue.  Aroma:  Sweet with traces of apples and pears: slightly woody with a hint of butterscotch.  Taste:  Sweet with soft fruits: kiwi, guava, peach.