Distilled in 2008 this Deanston Brandy Cask spent the last 2 years of its life aging in French brandy casks.
As you know, the level of alcohol of each seasoning liquid (wine < sherry < brandy) has a different impact on the amount of penetration and the type of aromas that are transferred into the wood. So even if they are based on the same grapes and flavours, it’s interesting to use high ABV casks and check the outcome and the differences compared to wines.
Deanston 9 yo 2008 (56,4%, OB 2018, Brandy cask finish)
Nose: it’s got this spirity touch of a brandy indeed. Behind this there is Demerara sugar and a grape sweetness. Malty notes and bread, a hint of mocha and hazelnut. Then some spices, like white pepper and anise.
Mouth: very punchy, with a grappa side, dark roast coffee beans, a little chocolate and honey. Lots of cereals and subtle orchard fruits. Pepper. Hints of walnuts.
Finish: medium, with grains, grape and a slightly bitterness of lemon peels and walnut skin.