Dram Review: Deanston batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Thanks to the chaps at Master of Malt for sending me a sample of this to review.

As stated in previous reviews, whiskies from That Boutique-y Whisky Company are blended (or created) by the chaps at master of malt and give a boutique style presentation with 50cl bottles and uniquely designed labels tailored to the distilleries represented by the whisky.

The Deanston label depicts the conversion of and old cotton mill into Deanston distillery, an event that happened in the 1960s. Giving a nod to the date, the picture shows 2 hippies watching the delivery of a pot still.

Here are the dramstats:


  • Price £46.95 only from here.
  • ABV 50.8%
  • 50cl

Nose: Fig rolls, green apple and sultana cereal bars. Dunked rich tea and gariboldi biscuits. Apple astro belts. This is quite true to the standard Deanston 12 year old expression. Time in the glass leads to woody notes and fresh baked sultana cake.

Palate: Oak, chalky mouthfeel. Apples from the nose are not immediately present and it takes water to tease out some mild apple and sultana cake.

Finish: The apples make an appearance then the chalky oak completely dries the mouth. Spitting feathers here! With water some faint green apple and woody notes give way to pepper. More water doesn’t release any further notes from the nose, it just drowned the whisky.

Verdict: I loved the nose as a first dram of the evening, but I couldn’t get close to it on the palate or finish so this isn’t one for my tastes. I concede that this nose is more complex and, in my view better, but I do prefer the standard Deanston 12 (reviewed here) to this.


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