The first Edition of Colere marks a monumental step forward for not just Westland but the whiskey industry as a whole. This is the first in what will be an ongoing annual inquiry into unique varieties of barley bred outside the commodity system with flavor first as a goal. Colere Edition 1 is made with the varietal that began it all, Alba (a six-row winter barley) and intentionally matured in only used casks to relegate the oak influence to a supporting role and focus the attention on the grain itself.
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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.
CASK TYPES: 2nd Fill ISC Cooper’s Reserve (62%), 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon (38%)
TOTAL BOTTLED: 2,893
GRAIN BILL: Skagit Valley Malting Alba
CASK MATURATION TIMES: 49 Months
but one located in the Skagit Valley where for the last decade breeders, farmers, and maltsters have been working to show there’s a different way to approach agriculture that benefits everyone.
Partners like Dr. Steve Jones at the Bread Lab lead in thought and action. New and old varietals of barley are planted, observed, and planted again. Each season another step toward the future of American Single Malt Whiskey.
Colors of barley span the spectrum from purple to gold, hinting at the myriad of flavors that await.
Our resident PHD student, Louie Prager, spends time checking, and double checking, in on new varieties of barley at the Bread Lab in Skagit Valley.
All the innovation in the world around barley wouldn’t amount to much without a partner willing to malt to the unique needs of each variety.
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