Another one of the recent slew of Master of Malt releases. At some point I started talking about the daily release they were doing. It has calmed down a bit now. Deanston then, I know absolutely nothing about this distillery apart that I drove past it on our most recent trip to Scotland (almost 2 years ago…). Not much of trivia there.
Dusty and chalky and has a very silky nose to it. Barley, grist, chaff with a hint of flowers. Somewhat later I get a hint of coconut and vanilla. Something meaty too with garden herbs like rosemary. Not too much wood for a 19 year old.
A lot sharper than I expected after the rather gentle nose. The flavours are rather predictable though. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter with quite a lot of grain. It tastes ‘honest’ with a clear Highland character that I like in Glencadam and Hillside/Glenesk too. Chalky again and it gets less sharp after a few seconds.
The finish continues in this classic style. Slightly spirity. ‘Spirit driven’ and not overly woody. Vanilla, grain, flowers, straw and a rather long lasting taste.
I have to admit I haven’t tried many Deanstons, but I’m sure this is the best one. I like the chalky, silky style it has and the coconut/grain/floral combination is rather delicious too. Damn, another addition to the wishlist!
It’s from a refill hogshead if that wasn’t clear yet!
Deanston 19, 53.4%, Master of Malt single cask. Available at Master of Malt for £ 59.95 and a sample will set you back £ 4.80. So, very affordable too!
Official sample provided by Master of Malt.