The magnum opus of Deanston Distillery, this single malt whisky is aged for over three decades in used bourbon, sherry and Olorosso sherry casks.
In 1785, Sir Richard Arkwright designed and helped construct a cotton mill on the banks of the River Teith. The mill, which was situated just outside Edinburgh, operated for nearly two centuries and employed as many as 1,500 works in the 19th century. In 1965, however, as demand for Scottish cotton fell, the mill was forced to close its doors.
The same year, James Finlay, Brodie Hepburn and A.B. Grant (collectively known as the Deanston Distillers) purchased the Deanston Mill and began converting it into a distillery. The mill was ideally suited to produce and age whisky — it was already situated along one of the purest water sources in all of Scotland and the mill's storage cellars, originally designed to store cotton, were perfect for housing maturing casks of whisky. The refurbishment took nearly a year and cost over £300,000, but on October 17, 1966, the Deanston Distillers opened the doors to Deanston Distillery for the first time.
Deanston Single Malt Whisky is made using Scottish-grown barley that is grown without the use of pesticides or chemicals. After the barley is mashed and fermented in an 11-ton open-topped mash tun — the only one of its kind in Scotland — it is twice distilled through Deanston's copper pot stills. The stills are equipped with a sloping lyne arm and boiler ball, which helps ensure a lighter and smoother whisky.
Following distillation, Deanston 30 Year Old Single Malt is aged for three decades in the cellars of the former cotton mill. The cellars maintain a constant temperature and humidity, causing whisky expert Jim Murray to remark that "Deanston is a cathedral to whisky maturation. In fact, with its gloriously vaulted ceiling, you would swear you were in a crypt."
Deanston 30 Year Old Single Malt is initially matured in a combination of used bourbon and sherry casks, giving it soft notes of honey, toffee and vanilla. After a 28-year beauty rest in the bourbon and sherry casks, the whisky in finished in ex-Olorosso sherry casks for two years, which contribute notes of dried fruits, particularly cherries and grapes, to the whisky.
Deanston 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from the oldest casks maturing at Deanston Distillery. It has a copper gold color, with an aroma of cedar, oak and honey. The initial notes of leather and hints of honey and vanilla fade into notes of cherries, strawberries and grapes, before leading to a dry, honeyed finish.
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86 (43% ABV)
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Copper gold color, with an aroma of cedar, oak and honey. Initial notes of leather and hints of honey, toffee and vanilla. Notes of cherries, strawberries and grapes that lead to a dry, honeyed finish.