This Deanston 1997 was launched a couple of weeks ago. In the tradition of the bubbly Asta Morris label, we’re expecting an easily drinkable, affordable whisky.
Deanston 15 yo 1997 (48,1%, Asta Morris 2013, ref. AM031, 342 btl.)
Nose: quite ponderous, with a lot of hay and heather honey. Roasted almonds. Not entirely fresh at first, there’s an overripe apple and something of wet cloth or wet leaves, which is not an asset in this case. Some melon and citrus. Buttered toast. A bit of a strange ensemble in my opinion.
Mouth: quite a different story. Sweet and fruity, candied and creamy. Honey and caramelized peanuts. Pears in syrup. Hints of gingerbread. Dried apricot. A bit of ginger / pepper from the oak as well. Mocha in the end.
Finish: oranges, some chocolate and spices. Medium long.
Entertaining whisky, but not entirely up my alley. It’s meant to be a bang-for-your-buck whisky anyway, so you might as well grab a bottle to see whether it fits your profile. Around € 50.