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07 Oct 2010

Deanston 1977 (Thosop)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Deanston

Deanston is not a very popular distillery. Its history is fairly short (founded in 1965 and silent from 1983 until 1990) although the site was used as a cotton mill since the 18th Century. The official 12yo is hard to find and usually described as just so-so. Based on the quality of previous Thosop bottlings, I’m expecting a surprise!


Deanston 1977 Thosop Deanston 33 yo 1977
(43%, Thosop Import 2010, 205 btl.)

Nose: starts mashy and cardboardy, but I was told to give it some time. After some twenty minutes and a bit of hand warmth it’s a totally different story. Now very much on creamy notes, chocolate cream desserts, cake, moccha. Rather oily and surprisingly sweet. A mixture of overripe fruits with honey, some citrus and nutty notes. A subtle hint of oak. I feel this one really needed the hand warmth to fully expose its qualities. Mouth: not extremely punchy, but plenty of nice flavours. A toffee sweetness again, developing on fresher, fruitier notes over time (sweet grapefruit and oranges). There’s still a malty and nutty side to it. Finish: not too long – in line with the palate.

It’s true: even the worst distillery has beautiful bottlings. Kudos to Thosop for proving this, if you ever wanted to own a good Deanston, this is your chance! Personally I think the best part is the nose. Around € 150.

Score: 87/100

Deanston 1977 (Thosop) Ruben Luyten 2010-10-07
  • me

    quote”The official 12yo is hard to find and usually described as just so-so.”
    Ruben I think you should get some new specs. Last year Deanston renewed the 12Y old and bottled it at 46,3% which proved a very good decision.
    Maybe start again with the BASICS?

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    I know they’ve changed their packaging and alcohol volume (with a quick New Oak finish if I remember correctly). While the end result is probably better than before, the new version still doesn’t get raving reviews, does it?

  • http://danishwhiskyblog.blogspot.com/ Steffen Bräuner

    I rate the new Deanston very high, its a helluva difference from their old version.
    Against other 12yo OB’s I rate is one of the better ones

    So Not chillfiltering does matter I guess!

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