Deanston distillery is a Single malt Scotch whisky distillery located on the banks of the River Teith, eight miles from the historic town of Stirling, at the gateway to the dramatic Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. It is the largest distillery owned by Scotch whisky producer Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd. Deanston Distillery started life in 1785 as a cotton mill designed by Sir Richard Arkwright, and remained as such for 180 years until it was transformed into a distillery in 1966. The constant supply of pure water from the River Teith contributed to the decision to turn the mill into a distillery and Deanston is now the only distillery in Scotland to be self-sufficient in electricity, with power generated by an on-site hydro-energy facility.
In June 2012, Burn Stewart Distillers Limited opened a new visitor centre at Deanston, as a means of showcasing the fascinating history of the distillery and offering visitors a unique insight into Scotland’s industrial past and traditional whisky production. The visitor centre is located in the former cotton mill canteen, with many original features being retained, and created seven new jobs for local people. It hosts a gift shop which sells exclusive Deanston bottlings, a café, tasting and presentations areas, and a variety of intimate distillery and tasting tours for locals, tourists and whisky lovers to enjoy. It is expected to attract 15,000 visitors a year and contribute to whisky tourism, an industry which generates an estimated £30m for the Scottish tourism economy.
As the visitor centre opened, the distillery and a number of staff had already attracted international attention as Deanston featured as the distillery location in the Ken Loach film, The Angels’ Share, released in May 2012. One of the stars of the film, Jasmin Riggins, was also present at the opening.
Deanston Whisky Reviews:
- Deanston 10 Years Old 2004 Distillery Exclusive (59.2%, OB, Amontillado Cask Finish, 2014)
- Deanston 11 Years Old 2004 Distillery Exclusive (60.1%, OB, Amontillado Cask Finish, 2015)
- Deanston 12 Years Old (46.3%, OB, 2012)
- Deanston 18 Years Old (46.3%, OB, 2015)
- Deanston 9 Years Old 2008 Brandy Cask Finish (56.4%, OB, 2018)
- Deanston Festival 2014 Edition (57.2%, OB, Marsala Cask Finish, 140 Bottles, 2014)
- Deanston Virgin Oak (46.3%, OB, 2015)