Deanston 12 yo 2007/2020 (64.4%, Signatory Vintage, Kirsch Import, sherry butt, cask #900145, 625 bottles) Four stars and a half
Deanston at a lethal strength, wish me luck… Colour: gold. Nose: leaven, fresh wholegrain bread, concrete dust, brake fluid, raisins, a baker’s first dough roll in the morning, marmalade, a basket of very bitter oranges (the ones that first-time vistors always try to eat – once – when reaching Andalucía). With water: clay, unlit cigarettes and satay, that’s not a very usual combo but I think I’m am a fan. Mouth (neat): absolutely huge, and yet absolutely lovely, spicy, doughy, chalky and full of marmalade. Some kind of balance that hadn’t been found in the OB, in my opinion. With water: ah yes, orange blossom water, soft curry, a little leather, more blond tobacco, always this clay – or chalk – and more marmalade. Perhaps even lemon marmalade. Finish: long, very good, rather fresh, on the same flavours. Peppery aftertaste. Comments: feisty and breafkasty, although at almost 65%, such a breakfast could wreck your day. Say a Sunday brunch.
SGP:561 - 88 points.