The very first impression was very positive. With more calm and air, this curious Deanston unfolds for me into a perfectly balanced, self-assured gentleman, where the distillery character (hay and herbal honey sweetness) also comes into its own. A top malt for me!
I also find it strikingly polished and better integrated than the other Deanstons I've tried so far.
Aromatic and balanced. Dried grass. Straw. Yeast danish with persipan. Nut. Perhaps a little roasted and smoky barley (supposedly a peaty Deanston). Very round. Parchment paper. A hint of allspice or nutmeg. Fine vanilla-caramel honey note. With more air, the Persipan stands out much more. Also some fruit (juchu!) - coming from the Persipan for me, this is apricot. He also has something very slightly dirty, I associate that from straw.
Soft. Full-bodied. Perfectly integrated alcohol! Oak wort. Nutmeg. Oily. Warming - some peppery fire, but without any sharpness. Vanilla.
Substantial and creamy. Roasted pine nuts. A bit herbal herbaceous. Full-bodied sweetness. Oak wort. A lot of depth. Great mouthfeel.