Monday, March 5, 2018

Tasting: Deanston 12

Deanston 12 year
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Un-Chill Filtered

Distillery: Deanston
Age: 12 years
Region: Highlands
ABV: 46.3%
US Price: $46
Release: Ongoing
Cask: Ex-bourbon

Points: 86/100

Deanston distillery is a relatively young distillery having been built in the 1960s. The building was originally a cotton mill that started in the late 1700s before being transformed into the distillery it is today. Deanston has a number of unique qualities. For example, they are the only self-sufficient distillery when it comes to electricity, they have upwards sloping lyne arms on their stills and they were one of the first distilleries in Scotland to produce an organic whisky. With that said, Deanston is not a very well known distillery. That has started to change noticeably over the last year or so and they are responsible for some amazing whisky.

While the Deanston 12 year is not necessarily their most introductory expression (they produce Deanston Virgin Oak which is even more affordable and from what I hear quite good) it is excellent and showcases the quality whisky they are producing. This is easily becoming one of my top 12 year olds and is without a doubt a fantastic daily sipper.  Simple but not boring with rich and bold flavors. A quality dram!

Sweet with vanilla, honey and dry hay. Malty, light citrus, and a darker fruit note in the background, maybe raisins.

Malty cereal upfront followed by vanilla, spices and toasted oak. Nutty with cocoa notes. Full body with thick mouthfeel that coats the palate.

Sweet and spicy with a lingering note of burnt wood.

Photo & Reiew By: Cody Diefenderfer