What's the Difference Between Classic Virgin Oak & The Distillery Edition?
The main difference between these two whiskies is the intensity of warm spices that come through in the Distillery Edition, along with the depth of flavour and texture. We like to think of it as a 'turbo charged' version of the classic Virgin Oak.
The higher ABV has allowed us to be a bit more playful and experimental. Here's what our Master Blender, Julieann Fernandez has to say:
“The limited release Virgin Oak Distillery Edition packs a palatable punch. On the nose it’s full of wood spice, nutmeg and cinnamon and these flavours carry over to the palate where the spice intensifies with freshly ground black pepper. As always with Deanston, the waxy character is present and coats the mouths beautifully with these integrated notes of clove and heather honey.
Reducing the liquid to 55% ABV, allows both the prominent and more subtle flavours in Virgin Oak to shine whilst showcasing a bolder and spicier flavour not typically associated with the classic version of this dram.
In comparison, the classic Virgin Oak at 46.3% is much sweeter and more mellow. The addition of the extra water mellows the spice and each flavour almost comes through individually”