Deanston

Deanston 12 Year Old 1999 Glenkeir Treasures Selection (40%, The Whisky Shop, 2011)

Deanston 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask – Glenkeir Treasures Selection (The Whisky Shop)

40% ABV, £44 for 50cl

Score: 86/100

What they say:

Finished in Oloroso wood, a rich, fruity and sumptuous malt that is utterly unique. Bottled at 40% volume.

P1060072

What I say:

Deanston is one of my favourite ’boutiquey’ distilleries at the moment. They are not particularly well-known or mainstream and have relatively few expressions, unless of course you visit their distillery near Doune. I spotted this 12 year old Oloroso sherry matured version in the Whisky Shop as part of their ‘bottle your own from the cask’ Glenkeir Treasure Selection, so a wee 10cl was on the cards. I was not disappointed…

Colour:

Deep ruby amber

Nose:

Sherry leather fizz, old leather couch, tannic and fruity with that Deanston malted barley aroma

Taste:

Creamy chocolate malted milkshake, thick and viscous with oodles of toffee and juicy red berry fruits, reminded me a little of Harvey’s Bristol Cream sherry.

Finish:

Long, drying with spices, then sweet salted caramels and chocolate with macadamia/brazil nut oil and a fruity aftertaste

Would I buy it again:

Indeed, this is an absolute stunner from the Glenkeir Treasures Selection, a perfect example of that Deanston signature malt with all it’s inherent toffee sweetness and cereal barley body but layered with thick creamy fruit & nut chocolate bar derived from the sherry.

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