A first review for a Deanston whisky here on Whiskylifestyle. And yep, you’ve seen that well… That’s going to be the Deanston 40 year old. But it was a sample I received from my good friend Jason, so it would be rude not to review it. 🙂

It’s the oldest whisky to date from Deanston, since the distillery was only established in 1966. Before that it was a working cotton mill.

This Deanston has matured in refill casks after it was finished for 10 years in a Oloroso sherry butt. Bottled at 45,6% ABV. There were only 480 bottles were available.

Deanston 40 year old tasting notes:

Nose: Pears, apples or apple juice almost. Dried fruits. There are some nice floral notes in the background. It’s a bit waxy as well. Honey. Then a pinch of lime. Sugarcoated apples that jus came out of the oven. Yum! Cinnamon. Sweet candies and a hint of caramel and toffee too.  All very very lovely!

Taste: Honey and menthol to start with. Then dried fruit and wax again. Eucalyptus. It is quite fresh for a whisky, especially for a whisky of this age. Very nice. A hint of tea. Plants and Ricola pastilles. Also a pinch of anise and some sweetness of Caramel and toffee. Liquorice too.

Finish: The finish is quite long! With hints of Ricola pastilles and menthol.

This is a very interesting whisky, there is a lot going on in this one. It changes constantly of flavours, quite lovely! It needs some time to reveal itself, but than…. Wow!

Many thanks to Jason for the lovely sample, and you can read his article about this Deanston here.