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Whiskey Review: Westland Colere Edition 2 American Single Malt Whiskey

Whiskey Review: Westland Colere Edition 2 American Single Malt Whiskey

Editor’s note: This whiskey was delivered to us as a review sample by Westland Distillery. This in no way, per our editorial guidelines, affected the final result of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking on the buy link at the bottom of this review, our site receives a small referral payment that helps support, but does not affect, our editorial and other costs.

Westland Distillery has released a limited 3,000 bottles 2nd edition of its Colere American Single Malt Whiskey – one of three whiskeys below their “Outpost Range” line. The name “Colere” comes from the Latin verb meaning “to cultivate.” Although it still lacks an official American standard of identity (although it may change very soon), single malt whiskey usually has to be produced by a single distillery using 100% malted grain. In this release, Westland uses a 2-row winter barley variety called Talisman.

Westland co-founder Matt Hofmann stated in a May 2022 release, “[O]only two releases in the course of, we see new boundaries open as the exploration of new and ancient building types continues. With this year’s release, it’s not just theoretical, you can taste what impact barley has on the final taste. “

As I have said before, I believe that history and motivation mean something in the craft of distilling liquor. As lovers of brown liquor, we certainly focus on appearance, nose, palate and price, but for many of us, the “how and why” of spirit creation is almost as important. Westland Distillery was founded in 2010 and is located in Seattle, Washington, where all the company’s expressions are distilled from 100 percent malted barley and fermented with a Belgian Saison brewer’s yeast. In 2017, Westland Distillery was acquired by Remy-Cointreau, a French liquor group.

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The distillery’s website provides a lot of information, and the built-in videos certainly seemed like a tribute to Terrence Malick’s film trailers, but I also learned the extent to which Westland is committed to the development of new varieties of barley. The distillery works with Washington State University’s Bread Lab and local farmers to have “distilled over 20 different varieties of barley in just 10 years … and committed nearly 40% of its annual production to these unique buildings.”

For lovers of the craft, these things are important. They show a passion for not only their product, and a way to create a market differentiator, but to promote art. And that’s something I can stand behind. But does this exact expression hold? See below.

Westland Colere Edition 2 review

Westland Colere Edition 2 (image via Westland)

Taste notes: Westland Distillery’s Colere 2nd Edition American Single Malt Whiskey

Vital statistics: Not less than 4 years 357 days. Barrel types: 1st fill ex-bourbon (58%), 2nd Fill ISC Cooper’s Reserve (42%). Yeast strain: Belgian brewer’s yeast. 100 proof, 50% ABV. Grain beak: Talisman Malted Barley, a 2-row winter variety. 700 ml. SRP: $ 185 (Includes WA state sales tax).

Look: A pale straw and corn silk color. In other words, this single malt presents itself as very light daffodil yellow.

Nose: A polite hint of honey and vanilla. Although I rarely land completely in line with notes from the distillery, I did it this time with lemon peel. All in all, a lovely and soft nose.

Gane: Outside the gate, the dominant flavor is malted barley, and its unique profile is probably due to its status as a rare variety. The middle mouth is leather and dark chocolate that turns into a little alcohol heat on the buttocks, but in a very comfortable way.

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