Review: Deanston Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Ex-Bourbon; Virgin Oak Finish
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Deanston (Deanston, Scotland)

Deanston, like many Scottish distilleries, went through a period when they were closed down before being bought by new owners - in this case, Burn & Stewart, who also own Bunnahabhain and Tobermory. This, notably, is bottled at natural color and without chill filtration.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 06:190205

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Here we have a young whisky – full of the raw oiliness of youth. However, vanilla and sweet oak cover this up, and lightly nutty with pear also playing in quite nicely along with light floral notes as well –the strength and wood do give a helpful woody spice kick at the end...but this is too young for me. However, that youth is played up fairly well as these things go. Actually a decent job of bringing out a decent dram from the younger stuff - the new oak, higher proof, and non-chill filtration. However, as an appreciator of fine cocktails – some of the youth as shown here could kick up a very worthwhile cocktail that would get even a single malt snob to raise an eyebrow.

Value: Average, based on $50.