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.