All in all one of the best Deanston I had so far- not really spectacular but very quaffable. Hey, what is whisky made for?
The colour is yellow gold and the texture shows rather fast legs and some later tears. The nose offers a barley sugary sweet and summer floral profile with spicy wooden aromas and some hints of yellow fruits. It is rich and nicely balanced.
The taste itself is very sweet both on sugary and honey flavours. I find more fruits on the palate than in the nose and less floral aromas. The wood adds some delicious spices and provides a nice structure to the sweeter flavours. Actually, not bad at all!
The drams arrives warming and a little peppery in the mouth but shows just a minor coating effect. There are no bitter or astringent moments that distract from the tasting experience (what is good). The finish is of medium length and spicier (white pepper) with a minor cardboardy feeling. Some water turns the nose punchier (releases more alcohol), the taste smoother and takes away this cardboardy feeling in the finish. More water opens up the nose but flattens both the taste and finish. I like to nose this dram neat and prefer to drink it reduced to about 48% abv.