Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Deanston 12 yo
Highland Single Malt Whisky
Although the bottle proudly states "founded in 1785", this distillery began producing whisky in 1965. The date on the bottle refers to the cotton weavery that operated on the site until 1965 when James Finlay & Co. and Brodie Hepburn Ltd opened Deanston in Perthshire.
Today the distillery is owned by Burn Stewart Distillers joining yesterday's Tobermory and Bunnahabhain in the portfolio of single malt distillers owned by the Glasgow based but Trinidad-owned (C L Financial) company.
Busy days so Dr. Whisky is quite short on notes. Sorry. Let's taste.
Floral, sweet, and herbaceous. Sour like pickled red cabbage at points. Grass, purple lilacs, flaxseed oil and vitamins. Touch of orange with a nice bourbon-cask oakiness, too.
Light and comfortable to drink. Long afternoons outdoors, playing in the flowers with someone you love, taste of summer pleasures. White chocolate. Oaky grip late in the game with peanuts and a toasty vanilla-ed finish.
To be honest, and perhaps cruel, I did not come into this holding Deanston in high regard. However, this was quite an enjoyable drop, especially on the palate where the sweetness of good American oak can be detected. Really pleasant stuff that shouldn't be dismissed too easily.
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