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Hello, that is one in all our (virtually) day by day tastings. Santé!



November 4, 2021


Type of. We’ll first have two ‘humorous’ OBs, then two extra critical IBs. Nonetheless, ought to be enjoyable… It is no secret that we have turn out to be Deanstonites at Château WF, I consider we’re now making an attempt some virtually each month! As a result of Deanston is nice enjoyable and if you chat with them you would not have the impression that you just’re speaking to the people who find themselves working Van Cleef & Arpels or the Pentagon. See what I imply?

Deanston 'Virgin Oak' (46.3%, OB, +/-2021)

Deanston ‘Virgin Oak’ (46.3%, OB, +/-2021) Three stars and a half

No worries, it was solely completed in virgin oak, this should not be plank juice. What’s extra, the value stays very reasonable, having stated that I had tried a Deanston ‘Completed in Virgin Oak’ again in 2011 and had thought it was just a little… plankish (WF 79). Let’s have a look at… Color: white wine. Nostril: no, it is clear, not a vanilla bomb, neither is it one other Glen Ikea, it is reasonably gently malty, bready, with good yeast (baker’s) and touches of bananas. To date so good, no quibble. Mouth: a couple of oak spices within the opening, such because the anticipated ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and turmeric, however it’s all underneath management, whereas this child would go on in direction of Stolle, anise cookies, caraway biscuits and simply orangey custard. End: reasonably lengthy, nonetheless on these oak spices, which might give it a wee feeling of readymade whiskey ginger (or ginger julep, no matter they name that cocktail). Feedback: proper, not precisely my most well-liked model however I consider we’re already means above common.

SGP:551 – 83 factors.

Deanston 2013/2020 'The Union Exclusive' (54.8%, OB, Organic fino finish)

Deanston 2013/2020 ‘The Union Unique’ (54.8%, OB, Natural fino end) Four stars

Wow, natural fino! The casks have been sourced from Bodegas Robles, which aren’t in Jerez, reasonably in Montilla-Moriles. No issues by any means, I have not seen the phrase ‘sherry’ anyplace on the bottle. As for The Union, I consider that is Deanston’s shopper membership. I believe we must always enrol! Color: deep gold. Nostril: butterscotch, walnut wine and focaccia in all places. We shan’t complain, we love all three. With water: some terpenes, menthol, aniseed, candy mustard, caraway, contemporary walnuts… Is that every one the fino? Mouth (neat): wunderbar! Boy this thick punchy Deanston makes you communicate German… Precisely the identical roaming trio as on the nostril, specifically butterscotch, walnut wine and focaccia. With water: feels a bit ‘lab’ however who cares. Good spices, revolving round inexperienced walnuts. As soon as once more just a little butterscotch, in addition to some orange blossom water, oriental pastry… End: lengthy, drier, just a little drying. The walnuts catching you ultimately. Feedback: extra sport than whisky. I will inform my physician subsequent time. Critically, it is enjoyable, unorthodox, and good however you need to like your walnuts. Oh come on, you see what I imply…

SGP:371 – 85 factors.

Deanston 13 yo 2007/2020 (50.2%, Signatory Vintage for Whic, 1st fill sherry butt, cask #900144, 812 bottles)

Deanston 13 yo 2007/2020 (50.2%, Signatory Classic for Whic, 1st fill sherry butt, cask #900144, 812 bottles) Four stars

A narrative a few excessive priestess right here, I say why not. Color: gold. Nostril: no extra whacky spices flying round, this can be a gentler, cakier, higher civilised basic malt whisky, with all issues breads and muffins, and even croissants au beurre. Which, to this Frenchman, works in addition to an previous Bugatti, Delahaye or Avion-Voisin. Automobile fans will perceive. With water: doughs! Mouth (neat): superb, reasonably earthy, with some liquorice wooden, some gentian, celeriac eau-de-vie (after all, we make some in Alsace) and a basic growth on candy breads, together with maize bread. With (only a drop of) water: ale, IPA, hops, branches, walnuts (the sherry I suppose), mustard sauce, ‘that’ fino… End: identical. Lengthy. Feedback: superb, a gentler model of the official ‘Union’ bottle.

SGP:461 – 85 factors.

Let’s test an older, ex-refill one…

Deanston 25 yo 1996/2021 (50%, Hunter Laing, Old Malt Cask, refill hogshead, cask #HL18697, 216 bottles)

Deanston 25 yo 1996/2021 (50%, Hunter Laing, Outdated Malt Cask, refill hogshead, cask #HL18697, 216 bottles) Four stars and a half

Glad to have this one because the signature, I might suppose the distillery’s DNA will present higher. Color: white wine (bravo!) Nostril: it is lighter, however extra complicated as properly, with whiffs of shy meadow flowers, herbs, white asparagus, salsify, porridge, reduce flowers, maybe even broccoli (not making this up), Brussels sprouts, pils beer… Intriguing and engaging, actually, even when you want to sort of work on it. Not onerous malt as in onerous rock, proper. With water: proper, however it really is gorgeous. Splendid earthiness. Mouth (neat): unbelievable, complicated, even difficult. Not fast, horny malt whisky for certain, however it could launch tiny herbs, white fruits and inexperienced greens, some long-forgotten (comparable to, say parsnips) one after the opposite. A real machine-gun! With water: good. Similar. End: identical, good. A tad too dry and grassy, however there… Feedback: just a little mental? And why ought to we maintain dumbing down every part on this planet? I say that is whisky to withstand any foul-smelling metaverse to return.

SGP:461 – 88 factors.









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