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Deanston 1997, The Whisky Jury

Bottle Details:

Distillery: Deanston

Bottler: The Whisky Jury (TWJ)

Vintage: 1997

Bottled: 2023

Stated Age: 25 years old

Casktype: Refill Hogshead

Casknumber: 1966

Number of bottles: 257

Strength: 51.6 % Vol.

Deanston 1997, The Whisky Jury

  • We're now almost at the Rijk with The Whisky Jury. However, I do hope they've made sure that all these historical figures on the labels were not fiercely abstinent in their time. Ha. Colour: straw. Nose: It's a very similar style, naturally, perhaps a bit more floral this time, with little hints of lavender (but not like Bowmore 1985) or violet (but not like Bowmore 1985) and orange blossom water, like in a freshly made panettone since the season is almost upon us. Very nice candied citrus fruits. With water: more on the barley, cut hay, and dried flowers. Mouth (neat): superb cask. Candied mandarins, star anise, beeswax, liquorice, myrtle liqueur and a mouthfeel that is absolutely perfect… Wow wow wow. With water: swims like a champion and becomes more mineral, with chalk and a sensation of slate and oyster shell. It's perfect. Finish: not so long, but as fresh as it is rich, which is a little miracle, let's admit. A drop of green Chartreuse at the very end of the finish. Comments: what a beautiful distillate! I wonder if those enthusiasts I mentioned in my very modest little introduction might not be entirely right. Well, to catch a bottle of this little wonder, you'll have to go to Macao. Fortunately, Singapore Airlines flies there from Charles-de-Gaulle, and so does China Eastern, so all is well. China Eastern is much less expensive, of course. Grand little Deanston in any case.
    SGP:561 - 90 points.

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