Country: Scotland
Region: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 46.3%
Score: 87 points

Deanston Virgin Oak. Image courtesy Burn Stewart Distillers.This Highland single malt was finished in virgin American oak casks, and the nose reminds me of cedar shavings, sawdust, lemon pepper, dried apples, with just a hint of honey and vanilla. The taste is thick, spicy, and intense with black pepper, allspice, lemon peel, and touches of vanilla and honey in the background. The finish is long, peppery, and very slow to fade with hints of chocolate and honey in the background. Overall, the balance is very consistent on this malt. (November, 2013)