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November 18, 2019


Little duos, today Deanston
indie vs. official

A little name that’s not that little anymore. The owners are sometimes pushing the limits of ‘whoot’ teknohhlogy’ (with a Glaswegian accent), but that can be good fun as long as merlot - and perhaps PX - is kept at bay ;-).

Deanston 10 yo 2008/2019 (56.6%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 276 bottles)

Deanston 10 yo 2008/2019 (56.6%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 276 bottles) Four stars and a half
This might be raw. Colour: white wine. Nose: typical distillate-driven Cadenhead, this time with bags of tangerines and a saucerful of muesli (no secrets here), then rather classic chalks and lemons. It’s rather delicate, in fact, well-carved, precise… And just lovable, in fact. With water: fresh oriental bread, with a little aniseed and orange blossom water, and honeysuckle in the background. Sweet Vishnu, Deanston! Mouth (neat): a blend of fresh mirabelle and pear juices at first, then more on some IPA, with a citrusy hoppiness. Impeccable unflavoured young barley eau-de-vie from some good stills. With water: absolutely pristine, excellently fruity, with a very fresh and not-too-yeasty breadiness. Notes of flower syrup too. Mullein? Finish: medium, very clean, with more honeyness. Comments: a fantastic and authentic (no wonder it’s in this collection) young distillate-forward malt whisky, almost spiritual. Much more refined than expected.
SGP:551 - 88 points.

Deanston 15 yo ‘Sauternes finish’ (57.3%, OB, 1194 bottles, 2018)Deanston 15 yo ‘Sauternes finish’ (57.3%, OB, 1194 bottles, 2018)

Deanston 15 yo ‘Sauternes finish’ (57.3%, OB, 1194 bottles, 2018) Three stars and a half
I suppose this will be the opposite of the Cad, let’s see… Colour: rich gold. Nose: I say well done, this is not only a bath of apricots, roses and plums, while the relation to the ultra-clean Cad remains obvious. Touches of bouillons, heather honey and mead, chutneys, sour-sweet sauces, then flowers (honeysuckle and heather indeed) and just fresh malt bread. So far, so good. With water: a little menthol coming out, which is not uncommon in some sweet wines (Sauternes, Monbazillac, Jurançon…) Mouth (neat): perhaps a tad more difficult for a short while, with quite a lot of ginger and green wood spices, as well as a wee soapy side that may come from a few grams of sulphur. But all that tends to become more discreet, while the plums are coming to the front, together with a little Italian nocino (green walnuts) and hazelnut liqueur. With water: not many changes. A little leather, perhaps. Finish: rather long, on walnut wine and mirabelle jam. Not a very common combination, but it works. Quite some gewurztraminer in the aftertaste, bizarrely. Comments: it remains a finish, but it’s a very fine concoction.
SGP:551 - 84 points.

(Thank you Tony!)

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