I picked this up in December 2018 while hunting (whisky) with @nosebleed in Calgary. It was reasonably priced and I was hoping we might open it and do a joint review but life got in the way. I brought it home and this afternoon I was looking for something to review and this one called to me.
I haven’t tried many Deanston expressions.
This expression, in a Highland whisky glass, is reviewed in my usual manner, allowing it to settle (actually, while it was settling a politician rang my doorbell and since I knew who he was and he is friendly but represents another party I kept him talking as long as I could and actually it was a long and pleasant conversation, but I still won’t vote for him) after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.
Sweet, heavy syrup. Ginger, pie crust. Then Envy apples and baking spices. A little spirity after being covered. Very nice nose. Water seems to mute the nose for about 20 minutes and while it recovers it never comes back as strong (21/25)
Very sweet, fruity on the arrival. A little hot on the tongue. Peppery and slightly bitter. Slightly “grainy texture” on the mouthfeel. Some vanilla. The sweetness fades in the development. The flavour is a little weaker than expected given the nose. Water makes it spicier but thins the mouthfeel, and the vanilla is more prominent in the development. Maybe a hint of lemon zest. (20.5)
Long, astringent, slightly peppery but not bitter. A little more bitter with water. (21.5/25)
Te nose promises a little more than the palate delivers. A bit too sweet on the arrival and not quite sweet enough in the development and finish.
Score: Neat - 86.5/100 With Water: 84/100
I was surprised by this one. I usually prefer single malts at 46% or higher with a few drops of water, but in this case I think I will take my next pour of this one neat.
I don't think it offers anything unique enough for me to buy a full size bottle of this, but I probably wouldn't say no if offered this at a party.