Whisky Focus - Deanston 2008 10 Year Old Brandy Cask Finish Review

Deanston 2008 10 Year Old Brandy Cask Finish Review


5th October 2018
Review of Deanston 2008 10 Year Old Brandy Cask Finish Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection.

Deanston 2008 10 Year Old Brandy Cask FinishThe Deanston 2008 Brandy Cask Finish is the only offering from Deanston in Distell's inaugural Malt Whisky Collection.

A limited release of only 672 bottles within the UK, bottled at Cask Strength, 56.4% ABV, natural colour and non chill filtered it was filled into traditional oak whisky casks in 2008. Following almost eight years of maturation it made the cut for transfer to a unique selection of French Brandy Butt casks, before being returned to their vaulted warehouse for its final two years of maturation.

The result, Distell says, is a delicious dram brimming with an abundance of delectable spiced fruit and honey flavours.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A rich fruity nose with a bunch of sweet, ripe dessert grapes, raisins, sultanas a little cherry, sweet vanilla toffee, some distant spice and a little honey lurking in the background.

Taste: The delicious sweet brandy fruits lead with intensity, some lovely Black Forest cake cherry and a little orange. The fruits make way for some typical Deanston honey and vanilla, some pear, then becomes more toffee 'd with some late oak and spice.

Finish: The brandy fruits bow out quickly leaving a little tobacco, and mildly drying oak and a little peppery spice.

Comment: The brandy cask has undoubtedly added a delicious fruity dimension to the Deanston spirit, a fantastic nose and the fruits are intense at first on the palate. Finishes a bit quickly but easily remedied with another mouthful. Certainly a step up in quality and pleasure from the standard Deanston core range around this age and it very much deserves its place in the inaugural Distell Limited Release Malt Collection, and priced around £60.

SMW Score 88/100

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