In the nose, this Deanston is a real spectacle, very big movie! No Deanston has been so complex so far - not even the 20-year-old from Oloroso barrels. The palate falls off a little bit, because it seems a bit unbalanced. The high cask strength is pretty dominant here with its sharpness and water makes it extremely sweet in the first place. That's just the chance and the risk with single casks, if the Master Distiller can not influence. But that is whining on a high level, in terms of complexity, he can easily keep up with all the other Deanston, everything is very full-bodied and intense.
In the beginning, the same fruits, in addition to the usual Deanston fruit basket with pears and mirabelles, I also have beautiful sour tart darker fruit with fresh plums, juicy lemons and sour-orange peel, but also aromatic dried fruit, to a leathery-bacony saltiness , Almonds and nuts. Overall for a Deanston extremely complex, complex and powerful.
A sharp alcoholic onset and a nice fermented tingle on the tongue, so extreme I have never had. In addition a strong fruit note, which I can not explain in detail, spicy heather, blossom honey, salt caramel, wintry spices, and the typical for Deanston honey sweetness. All underlaid with a strong slightly salty oily spiciness and beautiful wood notes. On the whole, but not quite as complex as the nose.
Some water softens the sharpness of the alcohol, but increases the honey sweetness into the dramtic that it almost brings the seals from your teeth.
Sweet-sour fruits, a rather malty sweetness and a hint of aniseed and spicy all remain rather aftertaste.