Deanston Virgin Oak Highland Single Malt Scotch

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Deanston Virgin OakThis is a non-age-statement bottle from the Deanston distillery, produced by Burn Stewart distillers, which also produces the Bunnahabhain and Tobermory whiskies. Young whisky finished in new American oak and bottled at 46.3%. 

Nose: The nose is bright with lemon, grape, sugar and floral/grass notes. Sweetness, yeast and light oakiness. 

Palate: Honey, vanilla, orange marmalade and grapes followed by caramel, oak and light nuttiness. Adding water brings out hazelnut and light coca flavors. 

Finish: Brief and dry with a slight oiliness as well as hints of fruit and coca. 

Overall: A bright, light, simple and enjoyable whisky. The formula of young whisky, finished in first-fill oak and unchillfiltered seems designed to achieve a sort of minimalism (I am further supported by the slogan on the bottle: "Simple, Handcrafted, Natural") which is admittedly pleasing in results, while also being a shrewd marketing strategy for a somewhat immature whisky. Available at 39.95 at the LCBO, I would consider buying this again, and would recommend it to those who find my tasting notes on it appealing.

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A great scotch for a affordable price.

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