So what’s the deal with American Single Malt Whiskey? We’re glad you asked! Basically, it’s a whiskey that’s distilled from 100% malted barley by a single distillery in the United States. It’s the American equivalent to single malt Scotch. This is a big deal because, for centuries, single malt whiskies have been considered the domain of Scotland. But now, thanks to Westland Distillery, a new category of single malt is taking root here in the U.S.
Max Hoffmann, master distiller of Westland Distillery, is making his American Single Malt Whiskey in the heart of the Pacific Northwest (what’s up, Seattle!). Westland is proud to be surrounded by world-class, natural ingredients – all their whiskies are “thoughtfully made” to reflect the distinct character and flavor of their home.
To that end, Westland uses locally grown barley, and even uses barrels made from the region’s forest for the distilling process. This creates a distinctly American whiskey, with a sweet, fruity, rich and grain-focused complexity.
You could say they run a pretty whiskey business.