The second Deanston in Distell 2019 Collection is a 2002 vintage aged for 16 years. It spent 14 years in re-charred ex-bourbon casks on (filled on 18th December 2002), then transferred into organic Oloroso casks (supplied by Robles, the only fully organic sherry producer) on 5th May 2016 for additional 2 years or so.
Total of 528 (or 3492) bottles were made for this limited edition.
Nose: Soft, strong malt and cereals notes, with bread dough and croissant, honey. Then sweet red dried berries, cinnamon and nutmeg, chocolate, creamy and soft. The sherry impact isn’t overpowering here but the balance between the notes is exquisite.
Palate: Starts off with a quick hit of spice, then a big chocolaty wave of milk chocolate and 60% dark chocolate. Then dried berries, ripe peaches, tropical fruits, cereals, gentle spices, nutmeg and cinnamon, white pepper, again very creamy, polished and silky – no rough edges whatsoever.
Finish: Medium length, soft, gentle spices, oak spice honeyed fruit (including tropical fruits) and fresh berries.
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