Featured | 02 Aug 2023 |

5 Parallels between Scotch and Tequila

There are many parities across the Tequila and single malt whisky categories
5 Parallels between Scotch and Tequila

Both being highly protected and regulated, each with a high volume and variety of distilleries, all with their unique characteristics and flavour profiles. And like Scotch whisky these flavour profiles vary by region.

Here are the 5 parallels between Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Tequila:

1. Regionality & Terroir

Both Tequila and Scotch have 5 regions:

  • There are five Scotch Whisky regions - Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside. Each offers a different perspective on Scotch Whisky.

  • Tequila, for example, is made in just five regions: Michoacán, Guanajuato, Nayarit, Tamaulipas and Jalisco. The latter is the most famous and productive and is where the actual town of Tequila is located.

  • Both the tequila casks selected and Deanston single malt come from the Highland regions in their homeland.

2. Flavour Profile

Deanston is quintessentially Highland single malt whisky in regionality and profile, with flavours of citrus fruits and honey and the forefront, with a uniquely waxy character that runs through all of its single malts whiskies.

Tequilas from the Highlands, such as this, are known for their more fruity and floral character.

3. Hands on production methods

From mashing grains to roasting agave, these crafty processes require attention and care. Both whiskies and tequilas rely on the hands of skilled craftsmen to create their smooth and flavorful profiles.

Whether it's the careful selection of oak barrels for aging or the meticulous fermentation process, these spirits are made with love and dedication.


Like single malt scotch whisky, Tequila comes in an abundant array of colors ranging from clear to a dark amber brown. The color of the tequila varies greatly depending on the aging process and the type of wood used for storage.

5. Great in an Old Fashioned

Traditionally, an Old Fashioned is made with whisky. For us, we use Deanston Virgin Oak, but a smooth tequila is a Mexican spin on the classic drink. Perhaps use some Orange biters instead of Aromatic for a citrusy zing.

Deanston 15 Year Old Tequila Cask Finish
Deanston 15 Year Old Tequila Cask Finish
Regular price $103.00
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Deanston 12 year whisky in a bottle with a box
Deanston 12 Year Whisky
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