Deanston Distillery, founded 1966, is located in Southern Highlands. The buildings, which originally hosted a cotton mill go back to 1785.
Since 1990 the distillery has been part of Burn Stewart Distillers, a company acquired by South African Distell Group in 2013. Deanston may not be the most recognizable single malt but it is a major component of Scottish Leader, a blend with annual sales north of 6 million bottles. Deanston Organic launched in March 2016 is the latest addition to the company portfolio. The whisky spent 15 years in oak and is bottled un-chillfiltered at 46.3% abv. It has been certified by Organic Food Federation.
Nose: malty and slightly floral, green apples, limes, vanilla, milk chocolate, touch of honey, buttered toast, white pepper and hints of Sauvignon Blanc.
Palate: clean and fresh, breakfast cereals, vanilla, honey, baked apples, walnuts, hints of pepper and salt and delicate notes of charred oak.
Finish: fairly long, malty, with notes of honey, vanilla, touch of licorice and oak.