And where were you in 1314?
There is probably no Scot who would not be familiar with the name "Bannockburn". The Battle of Bannockburn is one of the anchor points of Scottish history and is etched firmly in the collective consciousness. In 1314, the Scots under Robert the Bruce defeated the vastly outnumbered English army of Edward II. Why do we mention this here? Because the first bottlings from the Deanston distillery were sold as "Old Bannockburn".
The distillery is actually not far from the town of Bannockburn (today part of Stirling). The name was probably chosen because it is so steeped in history and so attractive. Only later did people become more self-confident and called the malt like the distillery from which it comes: Deanston. Good this way. Because the whisky speaks for itself. The single malt from Deanston is a non-smoky Highland malt with malty sweetness and honey notes. You will often find notes of nuts and hints of pastries in Deanston whiskies.
Deanston Distillery sits on the River Teith, where it generates its own electricity using a hydroelectric power station. Deanston's brick buildings have a slightly industrial feel, which makes sense. Because they once housed a cotton mill. Fortunately, the excellent Highland Single Malt is produced there today, which we warmly recommend to you.
Where is Deanston? Deanston Distillery is in the South Highlands north west of Stirling.
3 reasons to love Deanston
1) Because history lives here.
2) Because you generate your own electricity from water in a very environmentally conscious manner.
3) Because cotton mills are beautiful, but distilleries are even more beautiful.