Sunday, August 7, 2011

Recent bottlings - Arran Westie and Deanston 12yo

1. Arran Westie 46%

This is the third icons of Arran bottling, following the 1996 Peacock (one of my favourite whiskies) and 1997 Rowan Tree. Drawn from 22 ex-sherry hogsheads, and named after the distillery manager James McTagger's dog Ruaraidh

Nose: Heatherhoney

Palate : Heatherhoney, butterscotch, a creamy slight bitter nuttyness, sweet

Finish : Medium and sweet

Rating 83

Comments: These icons of Arran's are very affordable good whisky

2. Deanston 12yo 46.3%

Nose : Vanilla

Palate: Spicy, nutty, tastes a lot older than 12yo. The woodspices sticks on your backpalate and gives this a woody spicy finish as if this was a far older whisky. Very intense in its flavours.

Finish: Medium-long

Comments: This is surprisingly good for a 12yo standard bottling. My favourite of the new Burn Stewarts. I hope they can keep up this quality. Did they put something in this mini ? :-). Wow

Rating 87

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