Now in its seventh year, Westland’s annual Peat Week has become one of Seattle’s most anticipated events of the year for lovers of whiskey and drink. Hosted each January, the festival comes at the perfect time of year for Seattleites to lose themselves in a labyrinth of all things peat. The circus-themed week of festivities celebrates the beloved smoke-filled whiskeys first made popular worldwide by Scotland. Why then all the hoopla 4,500 miles away in Seattle? Lo and behold, this very same style of whiskey is distilled and matured right here in the heart of the Pacific Northwest!
While the tradition of peated malt whiskeys began hundreds of years ago in Scotland, its future just may lie in the remote northwest corner of America where Westland has been creating unique peated expressions that have garnered top awards on the world’s biggest stages. Though Westland is more often at work pushing the boundaries of single malt whiskey with recent releases like Edition 5 of their coveted Garryana bottlings (a whiskey aged using our region’s local oak species), Peat Week is an annual tradition that looks back in time as much as it looks forward. It honors centuries-old traditions but with a unique Pacific Northwest flair. It offers us the chance to discover the mysterious and unique flavor of peat that beckons as many as it frightens away. For those it beckons, a life-long appreciation is born.
The full array of festivities Seattleites have come to love during Peat Week will be here again this year, but this time around the stage will be a virtual one. Step right up, take a stroll down the midway, and see what wonders await.
PEAT WEEK SYMPOSIUM
Tuesday, January 26th @7pm
Fancy a flight of the fantastical? Dare to discover the depths of peated mischief? Grab a front row seat to the spectacle at our annual Peat Week Symposium. We’re taking this year’s event online with a rare tasting of our most outrageous and delicious peated casks. Only those willing to pay the price will reap the rewards! How?!? Purchase your limited-edition Symposium Sample Kit today!
PEAT WEEK COCKTAIL COMPETITION
Thursday, January 28th @7pm
What wonders will our witty alchemists whip up this Peat Week? An amalgamation of cocktail delights you can conjure at home! Three recipes. Three cocktail kits. Your purchase picks the winner and guarantees admission to the virtual Peat Week Cocktail Class. Pick your potion, cast your vote, and join the melee of flavor and fortune!
PEAT WEEK FESTIVAL BOTTLING
Shrouded in mystery, The Great Füstös is captive to none and hero to all. From smoke he appears, in smoke he vanishes! Two prisons of oak and steel will ply their wares in keeping our King of the Cask Breakers contained. Can he escape from a reinforced ex-Bourbon barrel secured by massive locks? Will the Rum cask finish him?!? Only time will tell.