Westland Distillery Adds Colere Edition 2 to Outpost Range


May 2, 2022

Westland Colere Edition 2

Westland Distillery’s Outpost Range welcomes Colere Edition 2 American Single Malt Whiskey to its growing portfolio of premium single malts that celebrate Pacific Northwest provenance and new frontiers in whiskey.

With a first edition launched in 2021, Colere American Single Malt Whiskey reflects Westland’s core mission to push beyond the old-world conventions and explore new varieties of barley bred outside the commodity system. Only 3,000 bottles of this second edition are available worldwide for purchase at www.westlanddistillery.com/shopfront and where fine whiskeys are sold.

Colere, from the Latin verb meaning “to cultivate,” represents Westland’s vision to leave behind the well-trod territory of ubiquitous grains and venture into the thousands of uncharted barley varieties whose flavor has yet to be considered.

Edition 2 is made from Talisman, a 2-row winter variety descended from the irrepressible Marris Otter and matured in only used casks – 42% 2nd Fill ISC Cooper’s Reserve and 58% 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon – to relegate the oak influence to a supporting role and focus the attention on the grain itself.  

In an industry that still insists that barley doesn’t impact flavor, Westland has worked for years with Washington State University’s Bread Lab, located in the Skagit Valley, local maltsters, and local farmers to develop new varieties of barley that prove otherwise.

Westland Distillery’s work with these partners prioritizes flavor in breeding barley varieties and more sustainable agricultural methods. In doing so, Westland positions itself as a thought leader in not only global single malt but also the future of agriculture more broadly. To date, they have distilled over 20 different varieties of barley in just ten years (which is more than the entire Scotch whisky industry in hundreds) and has committed nearly 40% of their annual production to these unique barleys.

Colere Edition 2 is bottled at 50%ABV with an SRP of $149.99. For information about Westland, please visit www.westlanddistillery.com.