Join Westland’s Co-Founder and Master Distiller, Matt Hofmann, for an in-depth tasting of the distillery’s flagship American single malt: American Oak. Alongside the tasting, Matt will discuss Westland’s philosophy of provenance in whiskey and the distillery’s role in the emerging category of American Single Malt Whiskey, before opening the discussion for a Q&A.
What you'll learn: For centuries, single malt whiskies have been considered solely the domain of Scotland. But relative newcomers to the industry from all over the world are expanding the notion of what single malt can be by making whiskies that express the character of their unique terroir. Westland is doing just that in America—producing single malts that honour tradition but offer something new and worthwhile at the same time. Here, where bourbon has been king for generations, Westland is leading an entirely new category of single malt whiskey, one that is distinctly American.
We will be making a Stateside Manhattan Cocktail during the session. If you wish to make one for yourself, make sure you have the following;
50ml Westland American Oak, Single Malt Whiskey (Available on Cellar)
25ml Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes of Bitters
A cherry to garnish
Tools: Mixing Glass, Barspoon, Strainer, Coupe Glass
About your instructor: Matt Hofmann is the Co-Founder and Master Distiller of Westland Distillery in Seattle, Washington, and is driven by a passion for exceptional products that reflect the region where they were made. Having trained and qualified in brewing and distilling in London and Edinburgh, Matt is also one of the founding members of the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission which seeks to establish, protect and promote the category of American single malt whiskey across the globe. He's been recognised one of Forbes' 30 under 30 tastemakers, and 2016 was honoured as one of Wine Enthusiasts' 40 under 40. In 2018 he received the American Master Distiller of the Year award by Whisky Magazine.
Joining a virtual experience: Our Virtual Experiences will take place via Zoom. We’d recommend using a laptop or desktop if possible to make it easier for you to take part. Two days before your Virtual Experience, we’ll send you full details on how to join.
Please note T&C’s apply.
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