Deanston18first hit the market in 2015 and is presented here at 46.3% and matured in ex-bourbon hogsheads and finished in first fill ex-bourbon casks.
Nose: Honey flavoured Tiny Teddy biscuits, fresh cut, ripe honeydew melon and an faint earthy/damp flint stone smell in there as well.
Palate: Warm citrus, ginger and honey tea on the tongue, pleasingly oily with more malt presence on the finish.
Bunnahabhain 12(700ml, 46.3%)
The Bunnahabhain 12year old bottling, having been originally launched in 1979 (happy 40th!) means that older versions are still floating around but we're talking about (and drinking too much of) the most recent iteration bottled at 46.3%. The12year old is double matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks for a minimum combined total of12years (as the name suggests), is non chill filtered and has no colouring added.
Nose: Salted caramel drizzled over fresh, tart red apples. Dried fruits (as mix of dark and light). Very enticing (made me drool slighty)
Palate: Have yet to come across a whisky drinker who doesn't like this dram (but a lot who won't shut up about it). Super delicate smoke and salt, wood, creamy vanilla fudge and lightly caramel coated popcorn, entwined around dried fruit notes. A subtle hint of sulfur (although it might not be so sublte for others as I am partly sulfur blind).