The Schtick: This is an age stated Deanston release that was matured for 7 years in ex-bourbon, and then moved to a brandy cask for the last two years. It is bottled at cask strength without any coloring or filtering.
ABV: 56.4% ABV
Age: 9 Years
Nose: Rich and syrupy. Indulgant. Honey, syrupy figs. Grape, cocoa, toffee, nutty syrupy sweetness.
Taste: Medium mouth feel. Mild heat, if any. Rich honey, toffee, leather. Some stewed fruits – lemon, raspberry, figs, dates. Musty sherry sweetness. Rich and powerful despite a slight rise in ethanol presence.
Finish: Long but a little bit hot. Sweet, light funky. Honey, sweet amaretto. Honey, pear, raspberry, cherry and fig. Light sulfur.
Overall: This was really nice, but the growth in ethanol was a bit unwelcome. That said, excellent deserty flavors. Delightful.
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