Deanston Batch 2 (49.6%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company, 248 Bottles, 2014)
- 49.6% ABV,
- Score: 81/100
What they say:
Batch 2 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s bottling of Deanston single malt features a comic book-style label showing the stills being installed at the cotton mill where Deanston made its home in the 1960s. A pair of hippies watch as this happens, sat on the roof of their camper van alongside the River Teith, which powers the distillery with a turbine and dam. Groovy! Batch 2 is a release of 248 bottles
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Marmalade leaps out at you, then Shreddies, before lime and fresh orange develop with barley, vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, even some coconut, all with a slightly green edge.
Palate: Into mint now, greengages, toasted oak and delicious, nutty white chocolate.
Finish: Long with coffee, oats, fresh fruit and a little more subtle mint.
Overall: A right groovy Deanston. It’s mint.
What I say:
As a big fan of Deanston distillery, which we are fortunate enough to visit often, I wanted to try out some of the Independent bottlings that were available. The first of these was bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company and is their second batch bottling.
Citrus apples and peaches, cereal and vanilla, quite closed on the nose apart from the initial citrus hit
Warm peach melba tart with thick vanilla custard, delicate fruits such as stewed apple, a little honey sweetness, grapefruit pith and zest but no spice, overall a little oily
Long and warming with fading fragrant fruits and honey sweetness over oat flapjacks
Would I buy it again:
Overall pleasant but something didn’t quite come together in this one for me. Perhaps it was that citrus (or mint according to MoM) element, which was quite pervading. Apart from that their was a good solid base of Deanston spirit and some lovely bourbon cask influences in the mix. Perhaps the cask used was a little tired as this one doesn’t feel quite finished to me.