The Whiskyphiles

Whiskyphile, noun [C] specialized / ˈwɪs.ki.faɪl / a disciplined devotion to whisky, first known use 2013.

Deanston

Deanston Distillery

Region: Highland, Scotland FK16 6AG

Founded: 1965

Status: Active

Owner: Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd.

Water source: River Teith

Mash tun: Open top cast iron

Washbacks: 8x stainless steel

Stills: 2x wash 2x spirit

Capacity: 3 million litres per annum

History:

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.

Links:

Official

Our visits:

19th May 2013 (tour)

13th December 2013 (hand-filled bottle Oloroso)

3rd January 2015 (hand-filled bottle Amontillado)

Deanston Whisky Reviews:

  • deanston-batch2-that-boutique-y-whisky-company-whisky Deanston – Batch 2 ~ 49.6% (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) - Deanston – Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) 49.6% ABV, £59.95 for 50cl or £5.83 for a 3cl drinks by the dram 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 […]
  • DeanstonAmontillado Deanston 10 Years Old 2004 Amontillado Cask Finish ~ 59.2% (Deanston Distillery) - Deanston 10 Years Old 2004 Amontillado Cask Finish Highland single malt scotch whisky 59.2% ABV, £75 for 70cl bottle-your-own at Deanston Distillery Score: 83/100 What they say: Distilled in 2004 and matured for 9 years in an ex-bourbon cask before spending 12 months in an ex-Amontillado Sherry cask; this is the 2nd bottle-your-own cask available […]
  • DeanstonAmontillado Deanston 11 Years Old 2004 Amontillado Cask Finish ~ 60.1% (Deanston Distillery) - Review: Deanston 11 Years Old 2004 Amontillado Cask Finish Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Deanston Distillery Bottling: Official: Distell – Distillery Fill your own ABV: 60.1% Cost: £80 Score: 85/100 What they say: The third fill-your-own offering from Deanston Distillery is another Amontillado Sherry finished cask, this time at 11 years old having a […]
  • Deanston 12 Oloroso GK Treasure Deanston 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask – Glenkeir Treasures Selection ~ 40% (The Whisky Shop) - 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. What I say: Deanston is one of my favourite ’boutiquey’ distilleries at the moment. […]
  • Deanston 12 Years Old Marsala Cask Finish – Festival 2014 ~ 57.2% (Distillery only) - Deanston 12 Years Old Marsala Cask Finish – Festival 2014 Highland single malt scotch whisky 57.2% ABV, £90 for 70cl available from Deanston Distillery Score: 85/100 What they say: Distilled in 2002 at Deanston distillery and matured for 11 years in an ex-bourbon cask before spending and additional 12 months in an ex-Marsala wine cask. […]
  • Deanston 12 Years Old ~ 46.3% (Distell) - Deanston 12 Years Old (Official Bottling) 46.3% ABV, ~£30 for 70cl Score: 83/100 What they say: NOSE. Expressive with hay and malty cereal notes. Creamy toffee and heather honey balanced with aromas of sweet oak and barley sugar TASTE.  Fresh and creamy with soft vanilla. Sweet and fruity with a malty honeyed spiciness FINISH.  Satisfying, clean and dry with […]
  • The Whiskyphiles Deanston 18 Years old Deanston 18 Years Old ~ 46.3% (Distell) - Deanston 18 Years Old Highland single malt scotch whisky 46.3% ABV, £62.95 for 70cl Score: 86/100 What they say: Deanston 18YO is first aged in hogshead casks before being finished in first fill Kentucky Bourbon barrels at Deanston Distillery. The flavour profile is said to be sweet, with honeyed fruit and a “deep, rich finish” […]
  • Deanston 19 Year Old Master Of Malt Single Cask Deanston 19 Year Old – Single Cask ~ 53.4% (Master of Malt) - 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 Score: 85/100 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 […]
  • Deanston virgin oak Deanston Virgin Oak ~ 46.3% (Distell) - Deanston Virgin Oak Highland single malt scotch whisky 46.3% ABV, £35 for 70cl Score: 81/100 What they say: Virgin Oak This beautiful malt is first matured in ex-bourbon casks, from a family run cooperage in Kentucky, giving the liquid a wonderful zesty character. It is then finished in new oak barrels, which add subtle spiced […]
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