Deanston 9 Years Old 2008 Brandy Cask Finish

Deanston 9 Years Old 2008 Brandy Cask Finish (56.4%, OB, 2018)

  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Deanston distillery
  • Bottling: Distell, OB, Limited Edition
  • ABV: 56.4%
  • Cost: £60

Deanston 2008 Brandy Cask Finish_Limited Release

What they say

Crafted by hand, this latest Deanston Limited Edition was distilled and filled into traditional oak whisky casks in 2008. Following almost eight years of maturation it made the cut for transfer to a unique selection of French Brandy Butt casks, before being returned to our vaulted warehouse for its final two years of maturation. The result is a delicious dram brimming with an abundance of delectable spiced fruit and honey flavours.

Official tasting notes:

  • Colour: Deep amber
  • Nose: Hints of dried fruit with predominant grape notes, balanced with sweet vanilla, creamy toffee and subtle exotic spices
  • Palate: Rich oak with a distinctive dried fruit and brandy influence, creamy toffee, deep honeyed vanilla and sweet malt
  • Finish: A long finish with lingering dried fruit flavours and subtle spice

What I say

Thanks to Distell for providing samples of their 2018 Limited Edition releases.

Distilled at Deanston in 2008 and matured for nearly 8 years in (ex-Bourbon?) casks before finishing for 2 years in ex-Brandy butts. It has been some time since I’ve sampled some Deanston so it is nice to return.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Yellow gold (8/20), rare, medium-fine tears with tapered legs.
  • Nose: Sweet malt extract, floral and perfumed, slightly dry, barley flour, lemon, vanilla, honeysuckle, cloyingly sweet, orchard fruits, cake, poached pears/ketones, brown sugar.
  • Taste: Quite sharp on the palate, tart appl e& pear juice, a burst of spices, dry cinnamon powder and white pepper, toffee, vanilla, oak, almonds, pear frangipane tart & sweet herbal honey.
  • Finish: Long, a burst of vaporous spirit then sweet persists


Very sweet on the nose – much less so on the palate. This one is a little acidic fruit and vaporous spirit in places – perhaps showing its youth? Very similar to many of the Distillery only bottlings which show great promise but can be a little feisty at cask strength and reward a drop of water to calm them down.

Score 83/100

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