"This dram was blessed with a nice fruity and sweet nose, the palate was slightly disappointing, missing some balance"
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Deanston is not a famous brand among whisky drinkers, however, in recent years I have heard some good stories about their new range. Since 1990 the distillery is under the ownership if Burn Stewart, along with Bunnahabhain and Ledaig/Tobermory, both distilleries which have also reinvented themselves in recent years, or are currently rebuilding in the case of the latter. Deanston started its life as a large mill, which is now turned into a turbine house, making Deanston one of the greenest distilleries in Scotland. The distillery was opened in 1967, while the first single malt was already released in 1974. The Burn Stewart-inspired reinstatement of the single malt from Deanston has been accompanied by a return to traditional and small scale production methods, while a focus has been put onto the use of Scottish barley and organic whisky. Additional distinctive features include an open-topped mash-tun and uniquely shaped pot stills, while the whisky is matured on-site. The one we will review today has been matured for full period in cask formerly used for red wine from the Bordeaux region.
Obviously, the impression is red wine, we could have expected that, some dried red grape skin and mixed red forest fruits. Very fruity indeed! And sweet with in particular raspberry sweets. It is only slightly tannic, you do not hear me complain about that. There are some fruity toffee and freshly poured cassis. There is something Irish about the fruitiness and sweetness. There are some slightly acidic tendencies giving grapefruit juice in particular.
It is slightly shy, and then I get diluted red wine, which is fighting with toffee, barley and honey. This is quite feisty, which can be explained by the high percentage of alcohol. Leading to red peppers, ginger, pickles, and pepper corns. I find also some pencil shavings. In the short finish, the tannins of the wine come back.
This dram was blessed with a nice fruity and sweet nose, where the red wine cask influence was present, but not overly so. The palate was slightly disappointing, missing some balance and too much on the side of the wine. This might please some people, though I was not one of them.
A big thanks to for sharing the sample!
• these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •