Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Finished in ex-Sherry refill
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Dram Mor Group
Average price: € 80.00
Official website: drammorgroup.com
The last of the spring releases for the Scottish bottler, although a 1996 Tobermory (Dràm Mòr’s longest ever ageing) was added shortly afterwards, here is a very young Deanston aged in a second-fill Palo Cortado ex-Sherry cask, which produced 249 bottles.
Thanks again to the lovely Viktorija for the kind sample.
On the nose, the winey scents are quite consistent and soften with time, with the fruity scents taking centre stage thanks to an abundance of pear, gooseberry, wild strawberry and plum, accompanied in the background by vanilla, honey, cinnamon and sponge cake. Well imbued with citric acidity reminiscent of grapefruit and lime, it expresses its youthfulness with yeast and malt mixed with fruit. It becomes sweeter and rounder, letting it breathe. Fresh.
In the mouth it has a nice consistency, becoming spicier as it takes up the impressions on the nose, always with intense acidulous and citrus veins. Very dry, the sweet component ends up in the background to give more space to the woods and the influence of sherry, while maintaining a certain balance thanks also to the herbaceous and vegetable tones that emerge along the length.
The finish is very dry and quite long, with red fruits and pear, cinnamon, bitter orange marmalade and buttery note.
Deanston’s malt holds up well against the cask, without smearing and excess, offering a pleasant dram without great peaks, with the merit of maintaining an underlying freshness that doesn’t tire and, indeed, pushes you to drink.