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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Sunday, 2 February 2014


Not a favourtite malt of mine, Deanston... actually one of the worst whiskies I've ever tried was a Deanston 12, but that is almost 10 years ago now.

In the meantime, things have certainly picked up at the old cotton mill in the town of Doune. Malts are now bottled at 46,3% or higher and are no longer chill filtered or coloured by e150a. A huge step in the right direction... a step that has also applied to the other malts, Bunnahabhain and Tobermory/Ledaig under the Burn Stewart ownership. In 2013 Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd. was sold to South African company 'Distill' which now pretty much operates the distilleries as before the sale.

Deanston also got some exposure in the 2012 Ken Loach film 'The Angels' Share' which is also very nice to see. If you get a chance to see it, do spend the around 100mins on it - personally I liked it.

Now onto the review...

Deanston Distillery, May 8th 2013 © The Malt Desk
Deanston 1997 15yo (10.12.1997/28.10.2013) 55,8%, Hogshead#1959, 327 bottles, Archives - The Fishes of Samoa

Colour is white wine

Floral and honeyed, some yeastyness too - baked bread/dough, apple, hint of something metallic, almond oil and a little sawdust. A very freaky combination if you ask me :-O

Red cocktail berries, pepper, has a very malty side, that gives away to lemon, herbs, ginger, grass and a somewhat ashy finish without being peated/smoky in any way. Again the finish is on delicius malt - add to that a little dusty cellar.

Not a beginners dram, IMO... and one to take you time with as it develops quite a lot from when its first poured.

Thanks to RM for the sample


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