Blind tasting: Glen Ardoch NAS (Deanston)

Glen Ardoch (Deanston) NASDram data:
Distillery: Deanston
Bottler: bottled under the “Glen Ardoch” brand
Distilled: –
Bottled: 2015-ish
Age: NAS
Limitation: –
Casks: –
Alcohol: 40%
Probably chill filtered; unknown colouring status
Whiskybase link

Tasting notes:
The nose is pretty light and shy, classic young mostly refill ex-bourbon style. Vanilla, apples, pears, a touch of malt, more vanilla (pudding), oranges, eucalyptus, white pepper and light green leaves. There’s also something in the background which I just can’t put my finger on (it’s industrial waxy-ish but not full-on wax…) and which I just recently encountered in a Deanston.Is this a Deanston? No idea, it does smell kinda Highland-ey… The palate is quite watered-down, but what’s there is… quite pleasant. Vanilla, still slightly sweet sparge water (for the homebrewers amongst the readers), green apples with bitter kernels, still slightly green walnuts, stale pepper, very diluted orange juice, after some time in the mouth with natural dilution by saliva more malt water and some cardboard appears. Also a young metallic note, this can’t be over five years old. The medium long finish is surprisingly dry with lots of green notes upon swallowing (ginger, draff) with vanilla, and some orange peel. A slightly bitter and yeasty note towards the end.

This is dram number one out of four mystery drams my brother challenged me to taste. Well, I guess the positive thing to say about it is it’s a nice drinker’s malt. A light, young, unobtrusive Highland style malt I’d have no trouble recommending for hot summer days with ice or tonic water (and ice) and a slice of lemon. Maybe for casual sipping on a budget too (I hope it’s cheap…), but it just does nothing for the discerning malthead.

After being told which whisky it is: Well, I told you so, Deanston it is, I can never forget this very peculiar and indescribable note… Bought at an Austrian Supermarket chain under the “Glen Ardoch” brand, no age statement, for 15€. Well, that’s a fair price. Not really much more to add to that, other than that I’m glad they’ve put the distillery’s name on the bottle.

Score: 68/100
(Nose: 76 Palate: 69  Finish: 65)

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4 Replies to “Blind tasting: Glen Ardoch NAS (Deanston)”

  1. come on u allready had a older blind Deanston recently,and u didn´t really like it why review this one?
    ok its from your brother,but im sure u got better stuff from him too…
    (i sincerely hope that wasn´t the highlight)

    1. well, I didn’t know what it was when I wrote the tasting notes 😉
      Besides, I write about everything I properly taste, just reviewing the best stuff isn’t fair.

  2. While skiing in Austria this week, and being from Scotland, when I saw a single malt on sale in Eurospar for EUR 10.99, I had to buy one to see what that sort of malt such a sum (about £8.40 this week) could possibly buy. I was presently surprised, and I agreed with (and enjoyed) your tasting notes. A “nice drinkers malt” for 60p for a 50cl dram? Happy days! Great blog, Klaus

    1. Thanks very much for your feedback, Arthur! Tax (duty, to be exact) on alcohol in Austria is much lower than in the UK making it possible… Glad you enjoyed it – hope you’ve had fun skiing (and no lack of snow either!)

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