Deanston Highland Whisky Distillery
Deanston distillery is located in the highland village of Doune where Doune Castle illustrates well the Highlanders need for fortified settlements. Doune Castle has been used to shoot some well-known movies such as Monty Python’s the Holy Grail and ‘The Bruce’ but is also a place of interest for antique collectors for its 17th century pistols. Deanston distillery was not originally built as a whisky distillery but as a cotton mill and was converted as late as 1966 when the stills were brought in. The original cotton mill was built in 1785, designed by the Richard Arkwright who invented the spinning frame which caused many Lancashire spinners to lose their jobs. The distillery closed in 1982 but is back up and running thanks to the independent whisky distillers Burn Stewart.
The river Teith which provides the water supply for Deanston whisky is reported to be the most pure of Scottish water running through granite and peat beds on the way to the distillery. The water is also used as an energy source like most distilleries and at one time Deanston had the largest waterwheel in Europe.
Taste: The recent 12 year old Deanston single malt whisky creation for Marks & Spencer has a vanilla and honey taste with toffee and freshly cut grass on the nose.
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