Our story begins with the opening of a cotton mill, known at the time as Adelphi. Chosen for its location on the banks of the River Teith, the mill would provide the perfect setting for an innovative new community of craftsmen. The Deanston Cotton Mill opened its doors. Designed by one of the fathers of the industrial revolution, Richard Arkwright, Deanston was at the forefront of new beginnings as Scotland moved from agriculture to industrialisation. The mill flourished and as the workforce grew, so did the need for accommodation. The owners saw the opportunity to create a self-contained village and so built housing for 300 workers which still form the centre of Deanston today. Deanston was also the first industrial establishment to issue its own currency. Due to a shortage of coins during the Napoleonic wars, French and Spanish coins were branded with a Deanston stamp and issued to workers. These coins were known as ‘Deanstons’ and were only redeemable in the village grocers and haberdashery. When the cotton industry declined, the workforce at Deanston Mill gradually decreased before it closed its doors. Rather than signalling the end of an era, this heralded a new beginning, and a new craft, for the local community. In the years following the mill’s conversion to a distillery, the community would learn a new craft and channel its commitment to hard work and innovation into producing the very first bottle of Deanston Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
The bouquet shows heady virgin oak, bursting with lemon zest and sweet barley sugar, with delicious notes of apple and nutmeg. A delightful sweetness, evoking memories of candied fruits and vanilla toffee, balanced with heather honey on the palate. A satisfying light spice, with a rewarding burst of honeyed malt and sweet oakiness on the finish.