Originally released for the Travel Retail market, this 10 year old single malt from the wonderful Deanston Distillery was finished in casks that had previously held red wine from the world-famous Bordeaux region of France. This wine cask finish has imparted a full-bodied sweetness to the whisky, balancing its creamy, malty notes with splashes of damson, cherry and just a hint of dark chocolate. A superb late night dram, this one.
Nose: Toffee apple, raspberries, waxy peels, a touch of grist.
Palate: Boozy berry sweetness and toasty oak, plus some dark chocolate mousse later on. A little red chilli heat.
Finish: Peppery on the finish, though its still got strawberry and orange oil for balance.
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