For the longest time, Westland was the independently owned "little guy" making the absolute best whiskey in America. Unlike most U.S.-based micro-distilleries that focus on bourbon, Westland set its sights on single malts. And, they were all quite good—mature, refined, yeasty, and quite flavorful—whether it was Westland Peated or Garryana, produced using barrels made from a unique local oak tree. In December 2016, Westland was acquired by French drinks giant Rémy Cointreau
, so it is no longer the independently owned underdog. It is still the best non-Kentucky/Tennessee/Indiana whiskey in America.