Deanston Distillery Bottlings Tasting Notes

Posted: August 22, 2011 in Deanston, Scotch Whisky A-G
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Deanston 12 year old 46.3%

Tasted: Nov 2010

The nose is as hard as nails with some floral acetone and hints of fruit and malt, but over time it becomes very farmyardy! The palate is hard and bitter. Industrial, alcoholic and lacking in malt, but not bitter oak. In fact it tastes like a cheap blend and is as rough as a badger’s doobry!

With water the nose is only slightly feinty but some hard honey and wood spice has now appeared. On the palate it has become sweeter with some cereal and honey, less industrial but the finish is eye wateringly bitter. One to be endured not enjoyed!

Deanston 12 year old 46.3%

Re-Tasted: Aug 2012

A light, slightly fruity nose with just a suggestion of wet cardboard. Quite an alcohol prickle with hints of youthful cereal and coffee. With time the cardboard note becomes more evident.

The palate is full and malty but still quite industrial. There is some sweet, but grubby sherry notes along with a touch of dried fruit. Piquant alcohol gives way to cardboard and coffee. I think the nose has improved a little but the palate is still really hard going.

Deanston 12 year old 46.3%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: A little hard and industrial with some murky spices, dried fruit and toffee.

Palate: Soft and carameled with toffee and more toffee. Hints of coconut and granulated sugar come through.

Finish: Good length with a spicy, coconut finish, but still industrial though.

Conclusion: Too heavy on the oak on the palate, which does however blanket the industrial character!

Deanston Toasted Oak 46.3%

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Slightly dusty sherry with walnuts, prune, sharp stem ginger and citrus. Reasonably clean and obviously first fill.

Palate: Opens with the soft prune, date and walnuts with a touch of brown sugar. A little metallic and astringent on the middle as some sharp citrus notes come through.

Finish: Mouth-watering and spicy with plenty of burnt raisin and lingering metallic green fruit.

Conclusion: Relatively clean but still hard work!

Deanston Virgin Oak 46.3%

Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: Slightly soapy apricot and dusty barley with honey, green fruit, citrus and oak. With time it becomes pleasantly herbal.

Palate: Full and creamy with plenty of toffee. Lightly herbal with hints of barley. Freshens towards the middle as some stony/ grainy notes appear.

Finish: Good Length with lingering oak, herbal and mineral notes.

Conclusion: A pleasant highland malty with plenty of granity character.

  1. Keiron says:

    The only time I visited the distillery was on a very wet day. Given the 1960’s grey rendered concrete exterior of the distillery dripping water on a murky day, it made me think of inner city tower blocks of the same era. Not the most eye catching building.

  2. gauntleys says:

    Well I often say that a distillries output often resembles it’s appearance, so if it looks like an industrial barn then chance are……………

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