I’m somewhat surprised that this is only my 19th Deanston so far. It’s a bottling from Signatory for the Belgian and Luxemburg market. No less than 851 bottles were drawn from this first fill sherry butt, albeit at 46% ABV. Lovely color indeed. I scored my bottle in my favorite whisky restaurant De Cluysenaer.
Well, this is a very elegant nose on candied oranges, the leather binding of old books, caramel, dried peach and hazelnuts. Hint of walnuts and soft woodspices. I cannot imagine anyone not liking this.
While it is very sweet on oranges, raisins, peach and honey on the one hand, on the other is also shows lovely notes of leather and even some salt. The sherry is very outspoken, but it becomes this Deanston.
The finish is medium long on more of the same: candied oranges, sherry and honey. Candied ginger at the death.
Something of an ‘everyone’s friend malt’, certainly, but a lovely Deanston just the same. Great bottling if you ask me. Thanks, Stef!