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Deanston Kentucky Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 70cl

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Smooth bourbon profile with elements of pearl barley tones, bread mash / sourdough, Abbot pear, red-green apple, vanilla, cream, sweet, floral, cosmetic powder, there is a branded clove, but it is very muted, a lot of wood honey Balblair9 yo 2011/2020 (56.3%, Whisky Is The Limit and Bar du Nord, 1st fill oloroso sherry barrel finish, cask #800129/2011, 298 bottles) Elixir would usually rather select classic woods and distillate-driven bottlings. Or say 'distillery-apparent bottlings', yet a new unnecessary concept. Pff… So just like, say Cadenhead and as far as I can tell, they would rather lie on the other side of IBdom. You know, the resistance ;-). Colour: white wine. Nose: I was right (ta-dah), this is pure fruit syrup with a little honey and brown sugar. Apple, preserved pears, peaches, apricots, kiwis, muscovado sugar… With water: fresh baguette, leaven, silage, porridge, Heineken… Excuse me? Good, choose another lager yourself then (S.!) Mouth (neat): I'm not saying the hoggie played no part, naturally, and indeed there's a little 'leafy stout' from the wood, but other than that, orchard fruits are running free. Plums, apples, pears… It is almost moving. With water: it is superior. Barley syrup, preserved fruits, muesli, any fruit cereals, citrons, chalk, lemon zests… Finish: rather long, tarter, pretty nervous, refreshing, grassier. Having said that, some vanilla and coffee liqueurs and creams are occupying the aftertaste, and that's the wood. Comments: perfect, meaning without any flaws.

Deanston 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 70 cl Deanston 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 70 cl

A last Craig' and we'll call this a session. Indeed no OBs on the table, but do we need them? I cannot even remember to whom Dewar's belong these days, tell me about 'a brand'… Just like the Orkneys that are not obligatorily HP, the Skyes will not obligatorily be Talisker anymore either. Granted, you could argue that Raasay's almost Skye too, but I'm not sure they would agree with that. Harris? Not too sure either. Anyway, the first official Torabhaig is now available, and naturally, we'll have it alongside some Talisker. Since the new one is obviously very young, we'll choose some NAS Talisker that should be pretty young too. Game? Blair Athol 14 yo 2006/2020 (54.6%, The Single Malts of Scotland, Elixir Distillers, hogshead, cask #8002620, 326 bottles)

The Deanston Old Fashioned

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Deanston Kentucky Cask Matured Whisky | Master of Malt

Kilchoman 13 yo 2007/2020 (55.5%, OB private cask for Max & Julia, cask #69, bourbon barrel, 215 bottles) GOLD MEDAL AWARD: Artful Dodger Whisky Collective (Burnside) 1989 30 Year Old; Artful Dodger Whisky Collective

Deanston Kentucky Cask Details

Sometimes you just cannot beat a good Caol Ila session. They may not always score the highest, but I find it one of the most comforting and reassuring distillates to sit and nose away at. And, in times such as these, don't we all need a little comfort and reassurance? I don't think I've ever tried this one. It's all a little confusing at times… Or am I not paying attention? Colour: gold. Nose: it's a little troubling that we would not be too far from the Guyanese. This is even rather gentler, but there are olives, tar, tyres and liquorice. Some pencil shavings, cedar, lead… Some seawater too, while it would rather be an easier Hampden, globally. On the nose. Right. Mouth: easy? Not quite, as it would roar this time, feeling stronger than just forty-six, with rather a lot of rotting fruits (bananas), plus the harshest oils and always these salty fish, sardines, anchovies, olives. Yeah I know olives do not quite live in the high seas. Anyway, great Hampden, especially when you've had enough toying with water, pipettes or coffee spoons. As they all say, 'we did it for you'. Finish: really long, really salty, really tarry, and with a few drops of lemon juice for good mesure. Comments: I find it quite amazing that both profiles would be this close. Great rum that needs neither extra-volts, nor extra-watts.

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That first official Shizuoka sure was a session killer, but aren't we supposed to be resourceful at WF? I have an idea…

Over 300 people joined in the St Andrews Day dinner and celebration which paired a three course Scottish meal paired with Scotch Whisky supplied by Johnnie Walker, Glen Garioch and Glen Scotia distilleries. Nose: Fresh, fruity and vibrant. There’s some barley sweetness, with vanilla from the casks and the typical Deanston honey, but this time it’s not accompanied by those gingerbread and other bakery notes you get in other official Deanstons. Instead, there are fresh apples, grapefruit (a note I always love in whisky) and a very appealing grassiness. It’s partly due to the young age of course, but it’s refreshing to come across a Deanston that lets the spirit do most of the talking here.

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