Westland 4 yo 2011/2015 (55.4%, OB, USA, single malt, Hungarian oak Port cask, cask #16, 246 bottles, 2015) Westland is one the names everybody’s talking about. While some distillers in other countries will now just disclose a funny name (possibly in Gaelic, if you’re lucky), Westland tell you everything. For example, the ‘grain bill’ (Washington Select Pale Malt, Munich Malt, Extra Special Malt, Pale Chocolate Malt, Brown Malt), or the kind of yeast (Belgian brewer's yeast). Colour: red amber. Nose: ah yes. No heavy Port, that’s done. Some fresh malt, that’s done as well. Then rather jams – an American thing, perhaps – and pastries, with various plums, apricots, a bit of spicy chocolate, a drop of PX, and in the background, this earthiness that I cherish. I find the whole rather elegant and delicate, I must say. With water: the oak comes out. Damp sawdust, new magazine, a little custard. Mouth (neat): they avoided the trap! I do not find any dominant Port flavours – but some Port there is, obviously. It’s rather all on plums and chocolate, with perhaps black cherries and a little marzipan. Perhaps a small bit of any oriental pastries, such as baklavas. It’s the balance that’s impressive here, with such a ‘story’, it could have gone astray. With water: excellent. Praline, praline, and praline. Does Rudolf Lindt – or his descendants - own Westland? Finish: medium, really all on good milk chocolate, malt, and a little toffee. Comments: that they managed to tame a first fill Port cask just baffles me. Another one that’s extremely good. SGP:541 - 85 points.