Westland Garryana Edition 8


Classification: American Single Malt

Company: Westland Distillery

Distillery: Westland Distillery

Release Date: November 2023

Proof: 100Age: 4 Years

Mashbill: Undisclosed blend of Golden Promise Malt, Washington Select Pale Malt, Munich Malt, Extra Special Malt, Brown Malt, Chocolate Malt

Color: Light Mahogany

MSRP: $150 / 750mL (2024)

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Press Release


New leather | White grape | Plum | Orange cream | Maple | Toasted oak


Plum | Orange | Wheat bread | Honey Nut Cheerios | White grapes


Roasted malt | Spicy oak | Baking chocolate | Burnt butter | Lingering malt aftertaste


A malt lover's dream, this annual release by Westland Distillery truly showcases how diverse American single malts can be.

Westland Garryana Edition 8 is part of the company’s Outpost Range Collection that showcases the provenance of the Pacific Northwest and will be limited to just 7,380 bottles. According to the company’s press release, this whiskey “plays on a theme established in editions four and six,” meaning it uses sherry butts as a main flavor influencer.

The exact cask finish breakdown given by the company is:

  • Pedro Ximenez butt (45%)
  • Virgin Quercus Garryana (38%)  
  • Washington State red wine* (12%) (* Finished in casks that previously held Washington State syrah and cabernet sauvignon wines)
  • 1st fill ex-bourbon (5%)

Just like the previous editions, Westland Garryana Edition 8 is anything but simple. The sherry and red wine finished components come out first for this edition, providing an immediate hit of warmth. That warmth translates to a whiskey that tastes much more full flavored than you’d expect, given its 100 proof point. That’s a great thing because American single malts often get criticized for their overall softness regardless of their proof. With the extra oomph in potency, notes of white grape, orange, and Honey Nut Cheerios are much more apparent. The same is true for the finish, with the whiskey’s maltiness on full display. Its pronounced, roasted malt note won’t be for everyone and will likely be the whiskey's main polarizing factor. Edition 8 is also noteworthy for how much the whiskey’s Garryana oak influence has been pulled back, or at least more integrated into the entirety of the whiskey’s other flavors. For anyone who’s a fan of scotch and Japanese whiskeys, this leans more in those directions than it does a typical American single malt - at least as we currently know them to be. Again, that’s a great thing as distilleries such as Westland continue to explore new frontiers in American single malts.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Eric Hasman

February 15, 2024
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