Whiskeys come and whiskeys go, and also you don’t at all times get an opportunity to say goodbye. Generally they only quietly disappear from the shelf with no warning. That’s not the case with the most recent phase-out, nonetheless. Westland Distillery has introduced the upcoming launch of Peat Week, its American single malt made with Scottish peated barley, would be the final. After eight years, the limited-edition—and extremely collectible—annual bottling will make its farewell within the final week of January.
Peat Week 2022, dubbed “The Grand Finale,” isn’t going away as a result of it’s unpopular. Fairly the opposite: Westland’s smoky single malts are among the finest in the US, persistently garnering reward from critics and customers alike. As a substitute, the Peat Week restricted version will likely be changed, beginning in 2023, with a brand new whiskey: Westland Solum.
Made with Washington State-sourced peat, Solum represents certainly one of Westland’s core components of provenance-driven taste, together with regionally grown and malted barley—which could be tasted in Westland’s flagship American single malt—and barrels created from Pacific Northwest Garry oak, that are used to mature the annual Garryana whiskey. Whereas Washington has ample peat bogs, earlier than Westland, no distillery had tried to reap from them to be used in malting barley. A very groundbreaking (pardon the pun) whiskey, Solum will provide drinkers a style of terroir that’s virtually unmatched in American single malt.
Though its Scottish malt made nice whiskey, Westland has moved away from utilizing it in favor of extra sustainable sources. The distillery works with native farmers, malting amenities, and the Washington State College Bread Lab to help agriculture that’s each environmentally accountable and flavorful. A part of that effort has yielded the peated barley used for Solum.
Whereas Solum is changing Peat Week limited-edition whiskey, the annual “Week of Reek” will proceed—nice information for followers of the actions that happen across the launch date. This yr, Peat Week kicks off on January 25 with a symposium and tasting of previous releases with Westland grasp distiller Matt Hofmann—a fantastic expertise at any value, however a real steal at simply $15. Then on January 27, Westland hosts a cocktail class with meals pairings—additionally simply $15 a head. Attendees of each occasions will get first dibs on The Grand Finale forward of its public launch on January 28.