The Westfalian Cask 8

Rich, Dried Fruits
The Westfalian is releasing its first 12-year-old whisky today. With the cask number TW8 (yes, the 8th cask filled), the single grain is one of the first casks filled in the founding year 2012. The New Make matured in an ex. Ben Nevis Sherry Hogshead and only contains 266 bottles, as it is, as always, a cask-strength, uncoloured and unfiltered single cask bottling.
The Westfalian Cask 8
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Single Grain Whisky | 12 Year Old | 62,50 % ABV. | 198,00 €/l | Northoff - The Westfalian Distillery | produced in | Whiskybase ID 254197


The first impression on the nose immediately reveals the typical grain note that is the hallmark of a single grain whisky. But the TW8 offers much more. The characteristic Westphalian DNA is evident in the multi-layered aromas of old leather sofa, which convey a feeling of antique luxury. Sultanas and dates lend the scent a fruity sweetness, while heavy, spicy notes of old oak and dark molasses emphasise the complexity.


In the mouth, this whisky needs a little time to fully develop. But patience is rewarded: the single grain from Paderborn is very oily and dry at the same time, with an intense dark sweetness that is reminiscent of almost red grapes and redcurrants. The cereal flavour recedes into the background and makes way for a full-bodied, fruity profile. A hint of cinnamon gum (Big Red!) rounds off the flavour experience and gives it a spicy freshness. The high ABV of 62.5% is wonderfully integrated.


The finish is medium to long and offers a pleasant, warming effect. Although it is rather light, the fruity note remains and ensures a harmonious aftertaste.


With its rich aroma palette, full flavour and harmonious finish, The Westfalian TW8 impressively proves that even young single grain whiskies can develop remarkable depth and complexity. All it takes is the right cask, a good base, experience and the right craftsmanship. This young Westphalian has nothing to hide next to its older counterparts, which are often 28 years old or more.

Rating: 80/100 - Excellent (Marcel: 80 | Sascha: 79)

Value for Money: 3/5 - Acceptable

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