Deanston Distillery Experience and 4 Deanston Whisky Reviews – James Melendez

I was lucky to visit Deanston on March 9 of this year.

Deanston is in the Highlands about 8 miles from the very famous Stirling Castle and the banks of the River Teith.  Doune castle is even closer.  Deanston was founded as a cotton mill in 1785 and was transformed into a distillery in 1966.

The River Teith powers and supplies water for it’s whisky.   The visitors centre is relatively new–opening as of 2012.







I was fortunate to visit on a glorious and super chilly Highlands day.  The beginning of the tour took place where recently receipted American oak barrels had arrived.  The deeply cold rain waters were further seasoning the barrels and would be utilized eventually.  The whisky formerly in these casks were for Bourbon whiskey which can only be used once.







The Mash House was my tours first stop–the wafting scent of somewhere between cereal, roasting pine nuts and tropical fruit notes; intense, alluring and delightfully present.

 The four copper stills were created in 1966–and for me that is a very important year.  I was delighted to see this.  The scale of each stills were superbly large and magical.

I could only take pictures from the side but I was pining to take one from the front side to get the majesty of each still and of course to capture the 1966 signage.






The oldest barrel is a 1974 Whiskey and I would love taste the glorious whisky from that barrel.

What I appreciate about Scotch Whisky is it’s deep relationship with two things–aging and barrels.  Single Malt Scotch Whiskies variation is a wide spectrum and expression of each houses master distiller and it’s philosophy of it’s whisky expression.  I was taken by the variety of barrels used in many houses programmes where the difference is noticeable and appreciated.  The Scotch Whisky tradition is that of the past and the ever present willingness to optimise each production.

I love Scotch whisky for it’s beauty and I very much appreciated Deanston.  I recommend a visit if you find yourself to the Highlands–if you are going to Glen Coe or Loch Ness–it is your way–stop by and take a tour and taste.


Deanston 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Scent of sandalwood, baked green apples, cinnamon, underbrush, suede.

Palate of cereal, dried Turkish fig, crushed sea shells, and ground clove.

46.3% ABV


Deanston 12 Year Old Palo Cortado Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Nose of autumnal herb garden, cereal, deciduous forest

Front of palate experience pronounced toasted notes of almond, beeswax, dried fruit, and Cardamom.

55.8% ABV



Deanston 15 Year Old Sauternes Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Scent of winter in mountains, toasted pine nut, sandelwood, and dried apples.

Palate of ground clove, pepper, dried lemon peel, and tarragon.

57.3% ABV


Deanston 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Scent of Honeycomb, Bergamot, winter rain, and seasoned wood pile.

Palate of dried Kadota fig, tea, allspice, and wildflower honey.

46.3% ABV



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II love wine and business. I am obsessed with the subject, the art, the history, the sciences, organization management, and making things less complex I have been a former national wine marketing manager for a large off-premise food and wine retailer (280+ retail locations in 30 US States); the love for wine taught me the good practice of using the best methodologies to right side a business which unto itself is complex. Further complexity is wine. Wine simple to enjoy and yet profoundly complex because of many factors: Many grape varieties States of wine: sparkling, still and fortified wines Vintage Blends Regions/AVAs/DOCs etc. Many producer styles Many producers Limited supply Limited and often restricted distribution My experience is still a lot of intimidation with respect to wine. Wine means many things to many people; status, fear, success, ‘you’ve arrived’, enjoyment, good times, tradition and even ceremony. I have consulted with wine producers and association. I have spoken on Wine and Social Media, Wine and Video and The Business of Wine in conferences in the United States and Europe. Beer and spirits do have the same dynamics–there are many producers but compared to wine there is no other consumer product like it. I have been writing about since November 2006 on my site and I have over 2,890 wine videos on my YouTube channel talking about general wine subject matter as well as specific educational topics on wine and reviews. I have been a wine judge and have traveled to many wine countries in the new and old world. Wine has taken me to great places. Life is tough for most of us and it is nice to celebrate life with those near and even far. What wine is really about is sitting around a table with family and friends raising your wine glass and saying—to life! I love to write about travel, food, technology and business–please subscribe! Salute, *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine © 2020, 2018, 2017, 2010 James P. Melendez – All Rights Reserved.
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