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Westland American Single Malt

Crafting a malt whiskey comprised of locally cultivated Pacific-Northwest barley? To some, a fool's errand at best. Bourbons and rye whiskies veritably define an American whiskey, and single malts are for many devotees synonymous with Scotch whisky. Besides: Amazon and Expedia, Microsoft and Nintendo of America - Seattle is only a stone's throw away from leaders of the new economy, and is flushed not only with their profits but also with opportunities for the young and ambitious, with Starbuck's Dark Roast fueling their day and the latest Seattle microbrew setting them at ease at dusk. Yet in 2008 former Washington state governor Christine Gregoire signed into law SHB 2959; rather than inciting a new whiskey rebellion (as Alexander Hamilton's 1791 Excise Whiskey Tax did), SHB 2959 favored the formation of smaller artisan operations and craft distilleries by lowering licensing fees and permitting onsite samples and sales. The opportunity that the legislation afforded proved all too alluring for childhood friends and scotch whisky enthusiasts Emerson Lamb and Matthew Hofmann, both who after thoughtful deliberation established a distillery for crafting a distinctive American malt whiskey. "The Pacific Northwest," says Lamb, "has all the ingredients needed to create a single malt that can stand with the best whiskies in the world. It is home to some of the best barley growing regions and highest quality water sources found on earth. For us, Seattle was a natural place to build our single malt whiskey distillery."

And he's right. As far north as Washington state is, the local barley that is harvested for its whiskey is especially good; cold northern winters disinfect the soil (obviating the need for harmful pesticides), and the long northern days with long hours of sunshine yield especially intense and concentrated flavors. To capture that intensity and concentration, the grain bill at the Westland distillery is fermented gradually, over a period of some 144 hours; the spirit produced from a grain bill that has enjoyed only 48 hours of fermentation displays only cereal-like flavors, while that which enjoys 60 or more hours often displays a more complex array of floral-fruit notes - and made all-the-more-so by the Belgian Brewer's Yeast strain deployed by Westland for fermentation, a strain that encourages the formation of more orchard fruit notes and spice box nuances. In addition, the grain bill includes not only locally sourced Washington Select Pale Malt (roughly 70% of the entire grain bill) but also four others: Munich Malt (which can impart classic bread and malt notes), Extra Special Malt (which can impart coffee hints, toffee suggestions, and fruitcake notes), Pale Chocolate Malt (which can impart roasted coffee and mocha hints), and Brown Malt (which can impart roasted notes and savor). The bill itself enjoys a distillation in two Vendome copper pot stills - affectionately referred to as Big Red and Baby Blue. Moreover, as cool as Washington state is, not only is the ambient temperature of the distillery cold enough to slow the rate of distillation; the water deployed to cool the condensers is especially cold. Cool ambient temperatures and cold condensers, taken together, encourage greater contact between condensing distillate and copper - facilitating not only the formation of estery fruit flavor notes that one will eventually find in a glass of whiskey, but also the reduction of the off-putting flavors of sulfurous compounds that can overwhelm everything. Finally, the distillate rests in a number of charred American white oak barrels, which also filter out any off-putting sulfurous flavors missed in the distillery.

The results? A distinctive, double-gold medal winning flagship malt whiskey, brimming over with Pacific Northwest flavors - flavors that can vie with the best drams from Scotland!
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