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10 Jan 2014

Deanston 1997 (Archives)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Deanston

Every whisky deserves a second chance, so even though we’ve had a disappointing Deanston 1997 very recently, we’ll see if this one from the Archives / Fishes of Samoa series is more attractive.


Deanston 1997 - ArchivesDeanston 15 yo 1997 (55,8%, Archives ‘Fishes of Samoa’ 2013, hogshead #1959, 327 btl.)

Nose: grassy notes (wet hay) with overripe apples. A little dirty, with decomposing leaves, closely related to the Asta Morris cask in that respect. A lot of butter, some mashy / porridgy notes, some nutty notes too. Heather honey. A slightly sharp, spicy tingle as well. Mouth: sharp and grainy at first, slightly alcoholic, and kind of blend-like actually. A gingery / peppery heat to sharpen the edges even more. It is softened by a more creamy middle, with, vanilla and honey, and a slightly indefinite fruitiness, but it returns to green tea and liquorice. Finish: medium long, dry and spicy, with slightly peaty / salty overtones.

I didn’t really like the Asta Morris version, and this one is just as mashy on the nose and even sharper on the palate. Personally I would have labeled it as blending whisky. Around € 55.

Score: 80/100

Deanston 1997 (Archives) 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2014-01-10
  • Peter Krause

    Hi Ruben,
    happy new year.
    We usually agree, but on this one, we are far apart, I rated it 89 (check slowdrink). I find this a real nice dram, had it twice… Maybe not your profile…

    Anyway, just wanted to say hello again after a while.

  • WhiskyNotes

    Hello to you too, Peter!
    Definitely not my profile indeed.

  • Mick

    Rated this one for 76 points. Just not my profile either…

  • Jorn

    I got myself a sample. For me the full, complete sweetness of this whisky tasted very nice. A whole different experience though.. Few layers, lots of sugary oomph.



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