One of the sparks that lit the touchpaper on the Scottish Industrial revolution, the Adelphi weaving mill in the Highland town of Doune continued to process textiles until the 1960s. The Deanston distillery moved in soon after and has been using the hydropower that once drove the mill to help make their whisky. Deanston is a full-bodied, slightly waxy Highland malt, which matures lovely floral and nutty notes when given time.
Deanston spirit is typically matured in ex-Bourbon casks, complementing the unpeated spirit, which is often described as full-bodied, sweet and a little waxy, with notes of heather and honey; very typical of the Highland style. Having started its life as a weaving mill, Deanston makes great use of the fast-flowing River Teith – both as an excellent source of granite-filtered water, but also as hydropower for the distillery. All of its energy is generated by a turbine house, processing 20 million litres of water an hour. Excess electricity is sold to the National Grid, making Deanston one of Scotland’s greenest distilleries.
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