Deanston 19 Year Old – Single Cask (Master of Malt)
53.4% ABV, was £59.95 for 70cl – no longer available or £4.80 for 3cl drinks by the dram
What they say:
This was distilled at the Deanston distillery on the 16th December 1992. It then spent 19 full years in a single refill hogshead before we bottled it on the 20th November 2012. 260 bottles were drawn from the cask.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Peppermint cream chocolate followed by spearmint with a little fresh-ground coffee and cocoa powder for richness on the nose.
Palate: Peppermint on the first sip, but oaky vanilla and firm malt are the main characters which play off one another with exceptional balance. Beyond this there are elegant notes of exotic spice, kiwi fruit and double cream.
Finish: The finish is incredibly long with notes of Bourbon cask spice, rich toffee and rhubarb crumble in equal quantities.
Overall: This Deanston is a minty dram with a chocolatey richness and subtle notes of juicy fruits beneath this. A grand showing from this Highland single malt.
What I say:
The second of my brace of Indie bottled Deanston’s was obtained from Master of Malt, as it is their own cask strength bottling of a refill bourbon hogshead matured for 19 years.
Light to full gold (a little more colour than the TBWC Batch #2)
Tangy citrus, tangerine, ginger, cereal, vanilla, woody
Toffee, creamy, honey, malty cereal, faint gingerbread, becomes a little spicy, kiwi fruit, warm buttered toast with honey and ginger jam/marmalade and a little spearmint
Medium/short with woody oak and brown sugar
Would I buy it again:
If it were available, this is quite a complex dram from MoM. The complexity grows and evolves indicating the depth of body and character and the age all wrapped up in here. With time a little of the kiwi and spearmint creeps out in both nose and palate, but underneath is that full-bodied cereal flapjack that I love Deanston for.