Deanston

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Information about the Distillery
159 Bottles
Scotland, Highlands
-4.071111 56.189444
Active
Burn Stewart Distillers
2 x 20,000 l
Normal
2 x 17,000 l
Normal
11 t
1964
Brodie Hepburn
3,000,000 l
https://deanstonmalt.com/
Average tasting notes Tasting notes
i
Nosing
Sweet:
Sweet:
Fruit:
Oak:
Oak:
Malt:
Vanilla:
Honey:
Vanilla:
Malt:
Zitrus:
Honey:
Caramel:
Zitrus:
Fruit:
Caramel:
Spices:
Herbs:
Herbs:
Sherry:
Grape:
Nuts:
Spices:
Apple:
Berries:
Apple:
Peat Smoke:
Hay:
Hay:
Sherry:
Lemon:
Orange:
Alcohol:
Herb:
Barley:
Barley:
Orange:
Lemon:
Alcohol:
Nuts:
Floral:
Heather:
Heather:
Pear:
Pear:
Herb:
Floral:
Chocolate:
Cherry:
Grass:
Grass:
Cake:
Raisin:
Plum:
Cinnamon:
Cinnamon:
Banana:
Cake:
Nutmeg:
Banana:
Plum:
Nutmeg:
Lime:
Wheat:
Oil:
Lime:
Cherry:
Wheat:
Raisin:
Almonds:
Almonds:
Pineapple:
Dried Fruit:
Grapefruit:
Berries:
Oil:
Dried Fruit:
Dark Chocolate:
Chocolate:
Tobacco:
Tropical Fruit:
Tropical Fruit:
Tobacco:
Blackberry:
Coffee:
Peach:
Leather:
Date:
Date:
Ginger:
Green Apple:
Peach:
Leather:
Grape:
Lemon Peel:
Ginger:
Coffee:
Pepper:
Pineapple:
Strawberry:
Green Apple:
Lemon Peel:
Peat Smoke:
Grapefruit:
Clove:
Clove:
Coconut:
Coconut:
Fig:
Dark Chocolate:
Blackberry:
Fig:
Hazelnut:
Mint:
Mint:
Hazelnut:
Red Currant:
Pepper:
Strawberry:
Ham:
Melon:
Melon:
Ham:
Red Currant:
Iodine:
Iodine:
Maritime Notes:
Walnut:
Chili:
Walnut:
Maritime Notes:
Black Currant:
Tasting
Sweet:
Sweet:
Spices:
Fruit:
Oak:
Malt:
Oak:
Malt:
Honey:
Vanilla:
Spices:
Caramel:
Vanilla:
Honey:
Caramel:
Fruit:
Zitrus:
Zitrus:
Nuts:
Sherry:
Chocolate:
Chocolate:
Oil:
Grape:
Herb:
Pepper:
Peat Smoke:
Pepper:
Oil:
Ginger:
Ginger:
Sherry:
Alcohol:
Orange:
Herb:
Herbs:
Orange:
Apple:
Herbs:
Chili:
Alcohol:
Berries:
Chili:
Apple:
Dark Chocolate:
Dried Fruit:
Raisin:
Heather:
Barley:
Lemon:
Lemon:
Barley:
Heather:
Nuts:
Almonds:
Dark Chocolate:
Dried Fruit:
Raisin:
Nutmeg:
Nutmeg:
Green Apple:
Coffee:
Grapefruit:
Maritime Notes:
Cinnamon:
Maritime Notes:
Almonds:
Coffee:
Wheat:
Cinnamon:
Grapefruit:
Wheat:
Green Apple:
Cake:
Berries:
Pear:
Cake:
Cherry:
Tropical Fruit:
Hay:
Pear:
Fig:
Banana:
Peat Smoke:
Peach:
Banana:
Strawberry:
Floral:
Clove:
Salt:
Peach:
Blackberry:
Tropical Fruit:
Pineapple:
Pineapple:
Salt:
Hay:
Grape:
Hazelnut:
Tobacco:
Seaweed:
Floral:
Clove:
Tobacco:
Fig:
Seaweed:
Grass:
Coconut:
Grass:
Coconut:
Plum:
Red Currant:
Date:
Red Currant:
Hazelnut:
Strawberry:
Lime:
Black Currant:
Leather:
Bonfire Smoke:
Anis:
Plum:
Date:
Lemon Peel:
Lime:
Lemon Peel:
Walnut:
Bonfire Smoke:
Leather:
Cherry:
Walnut:
Medicinal Smoke:
Medicinal Smoke:
Finish
Sweet:
Spices:
Sweet:
Oak:
Oak:
Spices:
Malt:
Fruit:
Malt:
Honey:
Herb:
Sherry:
Honey:
Zitrus:
Vanilla:
Fruit:
Vanilla:
Caramel:
Zitrus:
Caramel:
Herb:
Sherry:
Chocolate:
Ginger:
Dark Chocolate:
Pepper:
Nuts:
Pepper:
Chocolate:
Grape:
Herbs:
Ginger:
Dark Chocolate:
Peat Smoke:
Chili:
Herbs:
Alcohol:
Orange:
Barley:
Coffee:
Chili:
Alcohol:
Clove:
Heather:
Heather:
Berries:
Barley:
Dried Fruit:
Coffee:
Nuts:
Oil:
Orange:
Tobacco:
Apple:
Apple:
Grapefruit:
Oil:
Nutmeg:
Cinnamon:
Cinnamon:
Tobacco:
Nutmeg:
Grapefruit:
Dried Fruit:
Anis:
Wheat:
Plum:
Maritime Notes:
Berries:
Plum:
Almonds:
Peach:
Cherry:
Maritime Notes:
Peach:
Grass:
Grass:
Peat Smoke:
Floral:
Strawberry:
Lemon:
Salt:
Black Currant:
Lemon:
Salt:
Walnut:
Black Currant:
Blackberry:
Almonds:
Leather:
Walnut:
Raisin:
Tropical Fruit:
Cake:
Tropical Fruit:
Cake:
Cherry:
Seaweed:
Floral:
Leather:
Blackberry:
Raisin:
Pear:
Mint:
Hay:
Pear:
Melon:
Date:
Hay:
Clove:
Grape:
Red Currant:
Date:
Melon:
Seaweed:
Mint:
Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

The Whiskies at Deanston are rather strong and spicy. The range of Whiskies grew quite fast after the reopening. The distillery now offers many Whiskies including Sherry maturations and a virgin cask edition with Whisky matured in fresh charred casks.

The distillery's core range includes the 12-year-old Deanston, the Deanston Virgin Oak with no age statement and the 18-year-old Deanston. Deanston also produces limited editions, such as a Virgin Oak Cask Strength and a 15-year-old Deanston with a Tequila Cask Finish. There are some independent bottlings of the distillery, but not an extraordinary amount. The distillery used to produce a Blended Whisky called Teith Mill but it was discontinued after the old distillery was closed.

The Production

The distillery buildings are quite large, and so are the four pot stills the distillery has. After the distillery was reopened in 1991 the new equipment was fitted for gin and vodka production as well.

The water doesn't come from a water source but the river Teith that flows by the distillery. The water can be channelled directly to the distillery via a canal and corresponding pipes. In 2010, a modern turbine was installed at Deanston, which generates electricity for the distillery. The electricity production is so high that some can even be fed into the national grid.

 

The Pot Stills

The pot stills are very nice to look at and are all standing in one line. They have a quite respectable size of 20,000 litres (wash still) and 17,000 litres (spirit still). The reflux bowl above the intermediate piece is very constricted and therefore creates a lot of reflux. The lyne arm is slightly rising after the bend. These two factors result in a good separation of the alcohol, and therefore the Whisky loses its sharp tones.

The Malting

The malting is not done in-house anymore, but the Deanston distillery always buys malt from Scottish barley.

The Warehouse

In the Deanston warehouses you find a great variety of casks. The range extends from Bourbon to Sherry barrels, from European to American oak. A total of around 24,000 barrels can be stored here. Deaston also swaps barrels for storage with its sister distilleries Bunnahabhain and Tobermory. The warehouses, which used to be used as cotton warehouses, are made of bricks and are very cool, so that the Whisky can mature slowly and without large temperature differences.

The History

Before Deanston distilled Whisky, it was used as a cotton mill. The mill had its own power supply with water wheels from the River Teith. The cotton mill was founded in 1785 and produced until 1965 when it was transformed into a distillery. Most of the workers lived on-site, and there were also shops and merchants in this small 'enclave'. Today all these buildings belong to the distillery and have been refitted as warehouses or distillery buildings.

In 1833 the distillery had a waterwheel to power its production. It was the biggest water wheel in whole Europe. In 1949 the water wheels were replaced by new, more efficient turbines, which still run today. The surplus is even sold into the national grid.

In 1965 the whole site was refurbished and Whisky production began in 1966. In 1972, Invergordon bought the distillery. Unfortunately, the Whisky was not too good and the distillery ceased production in 1982.

Burn Stewart then took over the distillery in 1990 and opened it in 1991 with new equipment. Since then, it has been able to produce Whisky, Gin and Vodka.

In 2013, Deanston was acquired by the South African Distell Group.

The Visitor Centre

The new visitor centre was opened in 2012, and four kinds of tours are available. The top tour includes the distillery visit, the water turbine and a guided tasting of the main whiskies of the Deanston distillery. You can also book the distillery for company meetings or other events.

Visitor information

Deanston Distillery
Near Doune
Perthshire
FK16 6AG
Tel: +44 (0)1786-843010

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