Westland’s Colere Edition American Single Malt Officially Hit the Shelves

By Hannah Kanik / May 2, 2021

Westland Distillery’s Outpost Range has begun releasing the second of three annual limited editions in the Outpost Range: Colere Edition 1 American Single Malt Whiskey. The Outpost Range was first introduced in August 2020 to reflect the Seattle distiller’s core mission to push beyond the old-world conventions to pursue new possibilities in a single malt. 

The Colere Edition 1 American Single Malt Whiskey, which we reviewed a few months back, is a single malt that demonstrates how regional barley adds flavor. Edition 1 is made from a new variety of barley called Alba, which is grown outside the commodity system in Washington State’s Skagit Valley. 

“Colere has been years in the making and we’re thrilled to present this first edition,” said Westland Co-Founder Matt Hofmann in a prepared statement. “The project celebrates terroir in whiskey and takes a big step towards reconnecting our industry with agriculture, something that has been unfortunately lost over the past several decades.”

Westland Colere Edition

Westland Colere Edition (image via Westland)

The distillery worked with Washington State University’s Bread Lab to develop this barley. They prioritized flavor and sustainable agricultural methods. To date, Westland has distilled more than 20 different varieties of barley in just 10 years and has committed nearly 40% of their annual production to these unique barleys. 

The Colere Edition 1 American Single Malt Whiskey has 50% alcohol by volume for a 750ml bottle at a suggested retail price of $149.99. It is matured in only used casks — 62% second fill ISC Coopers Reserve and 38% first-fill ex-bourbon — to subdue the oak influence and focus on the flavor of the grain. Just 2,893 bottles will be available worldwide.

Here are official tasting notes, per the distillery:

  • Nose: Roasted pineapples commingle with a floral character on the nose with Life cereal, grape soda, cookie dough and roasted almond notes joining. 
  • Palate: The Pineapple headlines a fruity palate with original Wheat Thins, black pepper, and fig bar, and gingerbread cake driven by the malt.