An 18-year-old from Deanston bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company.
This is Batch 5 that indie bottlers Boutique-y have sourced from the distillery, bottled at 47.6% with 148 bottles in the run.
Deanston is notable for having a waxy new make (like Clynelish or Dailuaine), probably thanks to a lengthy fermentation and ascending lyne arms. Works very well with American oak.
This is a whisky of rich barley and orchard fruit notes, with caramels and oak on the front palate leading to nuttiness and spice on the finish.
Nose: Golden barley, charred oak and boiled orange sweets, followed by cinnamon and bruised orchard fruit.
Palate: Salted caramel, marmalade and a little gingerbread initially, then oily nuttiness, pink grapefruit bitterness and a soft, floral vanilla undertones develop.
Finish: Tropical fruit salad and a prickle of baking spice linger.
"Back in 1965, the Deanston distillery found its home in an old cotton mill on the backs of the River Leith. The distillery is equipped with a turbine and a dam, meaning the river lends a hand when it comes to providing Deanston with power. Thanks, Mother Nature!
"As we mentioned, the distillery was founded in the ‘60s - that’s when all the hippies existed, with their jazzy t-shirts and headbands and whatnot. Hence why our Deanston label has a pair of hippies watching the stills of Deanston be installed. Far out! Groovy! Another phrase a hippy might say! Yeah!:
- Single Malt