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Deanston is very much an unrecognised and understated malt. It's an honest and somewhat simple malt with craft presentation. Nothing wrong with it.
Nose: vanilla, cherry wood, malt, banana, lemon, little note of grain whisky (or something like it), light oak, white pepper and some candied floral notes. With water very similar to the neat version but there is a noticeable addition of lemongrass
Pallet: sweet then spicy and lemon honey, cherry (fruit), light toffee, a bit harsh when neat. With water less harsh, all the flavours are more prominent.
Finish: bit nippy, dry, malty and a touch of floral. With water as with the pallet, no great change, but the alcohol fizz is dampened down.
Mark neat – 8.1, with water 8.3
I don't think this whisky would be rated very high low by anyone. Its very much decent and honest. Great cabinet whisky to have after a tough day. Or to have along side something more distinctive.