1977 whisky refill
1982 American Oak
1996 Port Pipe
2006 Pedro Ximénez
And the Decennary is much more than the sum of the tipped-up individual whiskys, but a coherent, harmonious and very own creation, almost a symphony in perfection without a dissonance in which each barrel gets its own unmistakable score. The wonderful spicy fruitiness of Port and PX barrels combined with the aromatic depth of 40 years. Incredibly profound, incredibly multi-layered and exciting with each sip and with always new flavors to discover. An absolutely perfect conglomeration of great, independent whiskys that could not have been better - a masterpiece of the Masterblender!
My personal Christmas present 2017 and without question THE highlight of last year.
The complete tasting with lots of information and photos: https://dramned.blog/2018/04/19/deanston-decennary-463/
Immediately the nose is ensnared with dark and very aromatic, slightly sour fruits. It reminds at the beginning already strongly of the port wine Deanston, which gave it exclusively in the Destillerieshop to buy last year. But soon there is much more. Ripe pears, dark, slightly burnt caramel from a creme brulee - you almost hear the cracking of the hard flambé sugar layer. The aromatic-sweet fragrance that flows towards you when you open a fresh packet of pipe tobacco with vanilla. Cooked berry fruit with lots of vanilla give a foreshadowing of the expected sweetness. All this develops on a permanently perceptible thick carpet of many dark and old wood notes, which push more and more into the foreground. Ever darker and heavier, one notices next to the light sweet fruitiness also the deep age of the barrels. The nose can hardly be released, so varied and colorful sloshing because the flavors in varying intensity from the glass.
In the mouth, something truly incredible happens, as if every keg, detached from the unit, is vying for attention - a true dram in several acts.
As a prologue, dark juicy-sticky dried fruits slowly and sluggishly enter the stage of the palate. Their performance aromatic-deep and sweet and mysterious, peppered with spices from 1001 Nights and strong sweetish tobacco notes, they almost make for oriental flair.
After that, the oak has its start. Cluttering she comes stormed on the stage, wants to be the star, running growling and wild gesticulating Mephisto equal from corner to corner, with tannins and aromas of old, already partly rotten wood, which stored in damp musty cellars, causes a stir and enthusiasm , Ahhs and Ohhs murmur through the audience. After a profoundly tingling crescendo of warming and slightly sour wood notes, she becomes softer and softer, finally bowing down to leave the next seduction on the stage.
The epilogue is all about sweetness. Almost hovering prancing and honey sweet she scurries across the creaking boards, throws creamy herbal sweets into the audience, sprinkles spicy Muscovado sugar and with a nice dark malt flavor she disappears on the stage.
What remains after the applause has died down: Old cracked plank wood with the scent of countless listed drams, dark fir honey, sweet spicy dried fruit and a whole spate of spices form an impressively full and long finish - the chewing and smacking does not want to end , The oak notes are heavy and dark, form fine roasting aromas like a freshly brewed espresso with a lot of crema and stick with their tart nuances and a sweet sweet heat the longest and slow down slowly.
Then - awesome silence. The curtain closed, no questions.