Westland Cask No. 397

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Release
Summer 2016
Number of bottles
54.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
60th Anniversary of La Maison du Whisky
France France
Added on
01 oct 2016 7:45 am by RoyalScotsman
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 122.50

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Whisky reviews for Westland Cask No. 397

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.53 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Westland is simply awesome, had 4 pieces so far and would have liked to have bought them all immediately at the RRP, incredibly high quality for Americans and generally such a young single malt.
    • Nose
      What an interesting nose, reminds me strongly of a certain, spicy men's perfume, rough sweetness and spiciness, freshly made nougat, pink pepper, allspice, vetiver, nutmeg, cinchona bark, incense even in between, manuka honey, bitter orange, saffron
    • Taste
      Nicely spicy oak in the front, immediately afterwards Manuka honey poured over it in which all kinds of oriental, sweet spices swim, again saffron, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cinchona bark, cinnamon, pink pepper, sweet tobacco, plums, bitter orange, tick blood orange, pomegranate, whiff Smoke notes are also included
    • Finish
      Cinnamon, ginger, camphor, cumin, saffron, dark honey, toffee, red apple, pomegranate, medium to long

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  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Too much caramel for my taste.
    • Nose
      Butter, herbaceous, sugar cane, caramel, light leather.
    • Taste
      In the mouth a little more fruit. Apricot. Wood, bourbon, caramel.
    • Finish
      Final on caramel and sugar.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    What a fun experience! Absolutely atypical American single malt (is there any other kind?).
    • Nose
      The nose is sweet on plums and raisins, but at the same time quite atypical with curry ketchup, furniture polish and reminds me somehow of the Far East. But also a bit of… Springbank…? It has a bit of chalk and jute in the background as well as a big scent of cow stable. And it works! This is a wonderful nose that makes you totally forget about the young age of this whiskey.
    • Taste
      On the palate, at first, it’s all about oak. Lots of spices with again that twist that takes me to the Far East. But there is also something in there that I cannot quite put the finger on. I’d describe it as putty with some tobacco and peat in the mix. Weird and I am not yet convinced this is not an off-note. Some oranges add a sweet and sour touch. Loads of woodsmoke all of a sudden.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long and spicy… and no longer able to hide this malts young age.

  5. moviemaniac scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Obviously very young whiskey, but with a lot of oomph and character. Never boring, never too harsh, never “easy”. Oak-forward, absolutely, but in a very good way. Definitely not your average American whiskey – this is something very unique. Good job, La Maison du Whiskey, for selecting that cask for your 60th anniversary, and good job on creating that whiskey, Westland!

    Full tasting notes: https://maltklaus.net/dailydram/2017/07/04/tasting-westland-single-malt-cask-397-for-lmdw/

  6. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I find that the "single cask" and "cask strength" side brings little to this bottling compared to the 45% bottling.
    I wonder what I would have thought if it had been my first Westland ...
    Enthusiasm 3/5
    • Nose
      I tasted the Westland Peated recently and loved it. So I must say that I have a very positive a priori on this traffic jam.
      Sweet and evoking a little cream, it also gives some notes of bourbon and fruit. Toffee. A little dry. Somewhat closed. Aromatic herbs - is it peaty?
    • Taste
      Attack a little weak for its 54.4%, but on the other hand, ONCTUEUX and intense! Caramel.
    • Finish
      Short but covering the mouth.

  7. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I did not know what to expect ... to be honest, this is my first WESTLAND (and certainly not the last). His youth is almost not felt, there is no wrong note. Peat is there all along this sensory journey without pulling the blanket for her. Beautiful promises in prospect for this distillery.
    • Nose
      The first scents are fruity and "Bourbonesque". There is freshness on peach and banana or honey and glue ... good glue if any. After a few moments and good ventilation we are in a pine forest, there is sap, honey and lots of spices and leather.
    • Taste
      A nice slap ... the nose did not prepare me for this "punch" in the mouth! We are clearly on the woods and spices ... what do I say? An explosion of spices. Everything is very well done, the alcohol is perfectly integrated. There is also chocolate and orange. (Pim's?) After all these emotions we take advantage of this wind of menthol freshness and this fine and light peat which makes its appearance.
    • Finish
      A long finish on spices (inevitably!) And chocolate ... on a background of very pleasant smoke.

  8. tomy63 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Deep gold color, the nose has a small bourbon side with lots of spices and wood, but also notes of leather, cigar box, tobacco, menthol. Mouth powerful enough, dry, perfectly integrated alcohol, with lots of spices of all kinds, liquorice, leather, wood, furniture, wax, caramel, menthol, tobacco, light smoke in the background, original, but lacking fruit in my taste. Pretty good length, always on the spices.

  9. clay_shaper scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    From whiskeyfun.com:
    Westland (54.4%, OB, for LMDW 60th Anniversary, USA, single malt, cask #397, 232 bottles, 2016)   Not too sure about the outturn. The first, but not the last whiskey bottled for La Maison’s 60th Anniversary that we’ll try. Colour: gold. Nose: pretty amazing, you’d think you’re entering an old Chinese antique shop. Incense, burning fir wood, wax polish, thuja wood, leather, prune sauce, masala (yeah I know that’s not Chinese), raw chocolate… It really is amazing how they managed to build an unseen (well, un-nosed) style that never, ever screams ‘I’m too young’. Because this is young, obviously… With water: chalk and wood smoke, perhaps benzoin… Mouth (neat): I think I’ve never been so glad to taste this much new oak in any whiskey. Fantastic spices, ginger, cloves, mint, liquorice, tobacco, those Chinese spices again (between caraway and fennel seeds, perhaps)… This ought to be unbalanced, and yet it’s not. With water: gets sweeter, with bitter and regular oranges, and perhaps a little tamarind. It’s crazy how it became fresher and almost ‘light’, in the best sense of that word. Finish: long, back to spices. Caraway and ginger in chocolate and tobacco. Lovely mentholated and smoky aftertaste. Up up up! Comments: so far from being some new whiskey for hipsters, this has depth and style. It’s peated, but the peat is totally integrated. SGP:453 - 89 points.

  10. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Sweet and refreshing on the nose. It's actually a mix of Wrigley's Spearmint and Juicy Fruit. Add a little caramel. Very pleasant! Beautiful mouth fullness and fruity mint again and a pinch of marshmallows. In the finish then slightly dry with hints of Noisette and After Eight which last a long time - gorgeous. Highly interesting Bourbon. Not cheap but worth it.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. wbarchive_618617 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    A really one-dimensional whiskey. Sweet chewing gum with some smoke. That's it. No shades, but boring.
    • Nose
      piercing, sweet, chewing gum, light smoke, all very restrained
    • Taste
      soft in the mouth, very sweet, bubble gum, smoke
    • Finish
      very short, sweet with a slight smoky note


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