Deanston 8 Red Wine Cask Handfilled (BTC 2017 #08)


Right off the bat I could tell that this was a weird one. I was picking up some very strange notes and even after sitting on it a bit I wasn’t sure if it was a very young sherry matured whisky with some PX in the picture, or something matured in a red wine cask. I went with the red wine cask, but sadly no points are allocated for guessing the cask type, or the parent company, because I went with an 8-year-old wine cask matured Bunnahabhain, incidentally owned by the same company that owns Deanston. At least I got some age points. 

Initial impressions: Bubbles but not very oily looking. Darkish colour, smells of cardboard, oak and figs, very odd.

Guess: Bunnahabhain 2007 Wine Cask by Malts of Scotland

Aged 8 years. 57.8% ABV. Matured in a red wine cask. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and hand bottled at cask strength from a single cask.

Nose: Oak. Cardboard. Fig jam. Musty bookshelves. Dunnage. Prunes. Molasses. Chalk. Clay. Wine tannin. Red wine spice.

Palate: Heavy red wine spice and red fruits. Very think. Juicy plums. Oak. Acacia sap.

Finish: Long. Bitter wood. Red fruits. Woodspice. Figs. Orange peel.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes


This was one of the stranger whiskies I’ve tried. It was interesting to drink though, especially (and infuriatingly) in the context of a blind tasting competition, quite an active dram and probably a bit too much on the aggressive side for some.



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