This week's guest on Spirits of Whisk(e)y is Matt Hofmann, Co-Founder & Master Distiller at Westland Distillery in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 2010, Westland is widely recognized for an award-winning line of American single malt whiskeys that rely on regionally-grown ingredients, including locally-produced peat. In 2015, Matt's work was awarded Whiskey of the Year by the American Distilling Institute, and in 2018, Whisky Magazine named him Master Distiller/Blender of the Year at its annual Icons of Whisky America awards ceremony. Listen and learn how Matt, after completing graduate studies in brewing and distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, returned to his native Pacific Northwest, opened Westland Distillery, and started realizing his whiskey vision. Plus hear Chef Louise Leonard's suggestions for pairing Westland's Garryana Whiskey, a peated American Single Malt aged in Garry Oak, rather than the more common White Oak, with a fire-roasted tomahawk steak.
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