Deanston 12 year old is the flagship release from this Highland distillery owned by Burn Stewart. This whisky was not chill-filtered and has plenty of complex and rich flavours. This whisky earned a gold medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2014.
Deanston distillery is a relatively new distillery. It was founded in 1965 on the site of a converted cotton mill. When the mill was in operation, it was one of the largest cotton mills in Europe. The cotton processed at that mill was sourced from India when it formed part of the British Empire.
The first whisky produced at this distillery was released in 1971 under the name 'Old Bannockburn'. It wasn't until the mid-seventies that the whisky became available under the name Deanston while under the ownership of Invergordon distilleries.
In 1982 the distillery closed and until 1990 when Burn Stewart and Co acquired it. The latter's parent company went bust in 2009 and this distillery was acquired by South African company Distell Group Limited. This distillery lays claim to being the most environmentally friendly distillery in Scotland. Its massive water wheel produces enough electricity to supply the facilities and to sell to the national grid.
The style of whisky produced at Deanston is achieved by using a very long fermentation period (between 50 and over 90 hours) and slow distillation. This results in a waxy palate loved by many whisky enthusiasts.