Medium quick legs, deep copper in colour. This was reviewed after 30 minutes in the Glencairn glass.
Alcohol prickle, honey, hay and barley sugar. Little bit of oak, more alcohol. A little watermelon candy and malt. 18/25
Good texture but shy in the development, it doesn’t go anywhere past the honey and malt. There’s a harshness and lack of roundness here that betrays its age. Coming back to the texture, it’s very syrupy and mouth coating so despite the taste being the furthest thing from complex, it’s quite drinkable. I am disappointed by the lack lf oaky character, this is called Virgin Oak after all. 17/25
Short finale that’s very strong on the honey, it’s pleasant but over quickly. 18/25
Value and presentation
So no, it’s not a single malt for special occasions but for the price you pay, it’s an awesome value as a daily sipper. While were on value, every single Deanston expression I’ve had have delivered in spades and outdone their competition in the quality/price ratio. The presentation is also nice with my only gripes being this product seems to have added colour for some reason, for a farm distillery that doesn’t colour anything else, I’m very surprised. In closing, this is an amazing option for the single malt enthusiast on a budget but if you can spare a few bucks more, the 12 year old blows this out of the water. 24/25