Today is the last of the great Oloroso expedition by Secret Spirits. You, our awesome community asked for a LOT more sherry in this edition and so we delivered. As most of you are aware sherry casked whiskies have become much more expensive and so some sacrifices had to be made to bring you so many amazing expressions of this style of whisky aging. By the comments and feedback I can safely say that it was a huge success and probably delivered some of the more perplexing and palate stretching whiskies in any edition so far.
Of all the Oloroso casked whiskies that we found the rarest and actually most pleasing to my palate was the Dalmore 12. Beef Stroganoff was an absolutel favorite of mine and once my brain tuned into that flavor it was all over.
Anyway today is not about Dalmore it’s about another distillery starting with D. Deanston is a classical Highland distillery that has somehow eluded ever seeing the light of day in any of our editions before.
Deanston lies just 8 miles from Stirling and sits alongside the river Teith. Converted in 1966 into a distillery it began life as a cotton mill in 1786. Belonging to the Distell group, it has for stable mates Bunnahabhain and Tobermory. Nice trio of quality distilleries.
Deanston uses only Scottish grown barley and produced the worlds first Scottish Organic whisky in 2000. Using no computers or additional technology Deanston relies on traditional distilling practices.
Secret Spirits Deanston 10 Year Old – 1st fill Oloroso # 900038 – Highland – 65% abv
Colour: 14K Gold needing just a quick polish to remove the slight tarnish.
Nose: One last big kick at the Christmas tree with this one offering up big Christmas spices. Marzipan covered dense Christmas cake. Plum pudding and custard with a swirl of brandy sauce. Normally I don’t slot in a 10 year old this close to day 25 but this whisky had everything I love about Christmas in a glass. Can barely believe that this is 65% and the highest abv in this edition.
Palate: Gingerbread man, Terry’s chocolate orange, brandy snaps,
Finish: More of the same and still at 65% is giving me everything. Lingering caramelized orange, semi sweet chocolate, rich booze laden pudding just like mum used to make. Finally that 65% after multiple sips is warming me all the way down. Maybe I have become just a little too acustomed to such high ABV. Takes something immense like 65% to get any burn going.
What a beast of a dram to take us into Christmas week. With only 3 drams remaining we will not be returning to sub 20 Year Old whiskies. This 10 year old Deanston belies its age except for the abv that seems to be crazy in it’s balance. What an awesome cask.
On this day in the 5th edition we had the Lost Distillery Company Towiemore Archivist (using mostly whiskies aged close to 20 years).
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Tomorrow we have another older expression from our friends at A.D. Rattray. Looking forward to this one.
See you all tomorrow