Single malt whisky - tasting notes

25 May 2012

Deanston 1977 (Whisky Agency)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Deanston

The new series by The Whisky Agency (the 16th already if I’m not mistaken) are all joint bottlings with our Belgian bottler / distributor The Nectar. We’ll start with this Deanston 1977 bottled at cask strength 40,4%.

 

Deanston 1977 - Whisky Agency NectarDeanston 35 yo 1977
(40,4%, The Whisky Agency & The Nectar 2012, refill hogshead, 253 btl.)

Nose: a gently fruity profile mixed with spices that remind me of our Belgian “speculoos”. There’s cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, some brown sugar… Butter pear and apple compote. A little hay and heather as well. Tiny floral notes. Overall it’s also quite dusty and slightly earthy which in this case works very well. Mouth: half sweet, half spicy. A faint fruitiness (papaya) with creamy pear again. Honey. It’s a bit soft of course, and you can feel the oak creeping in with ginger and a soft bitterness, but overall it’s still good. A hint of frangipane, chocolate and wax towards the end. Finish: medium, with soft oak, mint and spices.

This Deanston is all about subtlety, so it may not be very powerful, but it’s certainly very drinkable and it shows quite a lot of complexity. Around € 180.

Score: 88/100

Deanston 1977 (Whisky Agency) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-05-25

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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