The label reads, “Exactly as it should be.” It’s a proud declaration of how the Deanston Virgin Oak is made: the first few years aged in ex-bourbon barrels, then finished in virgin oak. No chill filtering and no caramel colouring. What you see is what you get.
The Deanston Distillery has a history of its own. It was once a cotton mill, way back in 1785. As the cotton industry boomed, villages nearby started to build a town surrounding the mill. Sadly, the mill was shut down in 1965, leaving behind old buildings and a group of townspeople who needed a better way to sustain the town.
The Deanston company took a look at what they got: a private stream and four water wheels that generated electricity, plus they were strategically located in the Highland. Aha! The answer became clear. Quickly, they pivoted from making cotton to producing whisky, and the old mill has found life again.