[Quick Review] Deanston - Virgin Oak 46.3%


Picture courtesy of www.deanstonmalt.com

Distillery: Deanston

Bottler: Distillery

Age: n/a

Distilled: n/a

Bottled: n/a

Cask: Ex-bourbon and Virgin white oak American casks finish

Abv: 46.3%

Unchillfiltered: Yes

Natural Colour: Yes

Nb of bottles: n/a

Extra: Core range

My tasting notes:

Nose: Fresh, zingy, citrusy, but still wrapped in a malty sweetness. Toasted oak, barley sugar, nutmeg, slight hay, husk, green apple, a little maritime hint kicking around, honey and vanilla grain vibes too. It's inviting enough!

Palate: Creamy, sweet and honeyed at first. The fresh oak comes through next with some spice. Poached pears and vanilla pods with a drop of lemon. Malty chocolate, slight burnt caramel and a hint of bitter orange. Very pleasant palate!

Finish: Some nuttiness, malted barley, milk chocolate, toasted oak and oak spice, quite drying, cinnamon, nutmeg and a little honey.

With water: Sweeter nose with more chocolate orange and orange blossom. The palate is spicier and slightly more citrusy too. The finish gains in malted cereals and husk and loses in sweetness.

This was a sample from my advent calendar and it was actually the first time I tried Deanston Virgin Oak but it didn't disappoint at all. Quite a little experience and considering this retails for around £35 in the UK, I feel this is a very decent bargain!

Slàinte all!


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