The Deanston Distillery is located on the River Teith in the highlands. The building was erected in 1785 as a cotton mill but was converted to its present use in 1965. The 12 year old single malt is aged in bourbon barrels and is "un chill filtered". Chill filtering is a process where the whiskey is chilled to freezing temperatures and then filtered to remove various molecules that solidify at those temperatures. It is done primarily as a cosmetic measure to prevent the whiskey from becoming cloudy when ice is added. But who adds ice to good whiskey?? And many argue that chill filtering removes elements of taste and aroma. Who am I to argue with that?
Color: Rich amber
Nose: hay, barley
Palate: Very smooth and pleasing to the tongue
Finish: Provides a lingering warmth
This is a very drinkable whiskey suitable for both new and experienced whiskey lovers. It is another example that age does not necessarily mean a better whiskey as this can hold its own against many older products.