We don’t know what’s better: this whiskey tasting like Nutella, or Nutella reminding us of our favorite whiskey. Either way, dessert is served when we wrap our lips around a neat pour of Westland American Single Malt from Seattle.

Long the sole domain of Scottish distillers, single malt whiskey takes a distinctively native turn in the hands of Westland master distiller Matt Hoffman, who uses five varieties of malt to craft his core expression which spends a minimum of two years in new American oak and first-fill ex-bourbon casks. For the proper Westland tasting experience, take a sip and swallow and then, with your lips closed, breathe out purposefully through your nose. Also look for Westland’s sherry-wood finished and peated versions, both of which bear that same glorious cocoa-hazelnut character.

$15 glass at Herbs & Rye, $64 bottle at Total Wine & More, WestlandDistillery.com.

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