Initially earmarked strictly for the travel retail market, we count ourselves lucky in that we’ve managed to get a few bottles. Deanston distillery is relatively new on the scene, having been a cotton mill for 180 years before its transformation into a distillery in 1966. Deanston is notable for being the only distillery in Scotland entirely self-powered, as the water wheel onsite was converted into a hydro-electric facility.
This wonderful bottling is the oldest Deanston produced as a distillery expression. Aged in ex-oloroso sherry casks, it is a rich, decadent and dignified whisky. The nose brings subtle aromas of toasted almonds, coconut and marzipan, with a thick woodspice character and plummy sherry notes. On the palate, the sherry cask takes centre stage, beguiling with flavours of plums, cherries raisins and burnt sugar, these are soon joined by notes of honey and tea cake, and a beautiful tannic oak flavour. The finish is fruit and lingering, with dried fruits again at the fore. This whisky is bottled at a low-but-full cask strength of 45.6% ABV, and is presented in a beautiful wooden box with striking metallic labels. The spirit is non-chill-filtered and naturally coloured. Only 480 bottles were produced world wide, so drinkers should move fast if they want to taste this cracking dram.