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Everything you need to know about Deanston, Leonardo DiCaprio’s new favourite whisky


The actor recently bought £1,000 worth of the whisky

Everything you need to know about Deanston, Leonardo DiCaprio’s new favourite whisky

Earlier this month, Leonardo DiCaprio visited Scotland for the first time in his life. Predictably, it was raining, but the actor – who was in Edinburgh to speak at the Scottish Business Awards – braced the brisk weather and later rewarded himself with a secret trip to a nearby distillery.

DiCaprio was treated to a dram or two after hours in Stirlingshire’s Deanston distillery, and went on to spend over £1,000 on the Highland Single Malt Scotch.

But what do you need to know about Deanston – and should you be be taking DiCaprio’s lead and investing in a bottle of your own?

Everything you need to know about Deanston, Leonardo DiCaprio’s new favourite whisky

12-year old

Said to be created from the purest water source in Scotland, Deanston’s Scotch is matured for 12 years in ex-bourbon barrels to infuse it with the taste of sweet, honeyed fruit and a gentle warmth. With not a hint of smoke, this is a whisky as smooth and easy as they come.

Nose

Deanston’s 12-year old un-chill filtered Scotch whisky has a nose of malty cereal and rich creamy toffee. You can also expect aromas of fresh summer hay, sweet oak and – fittingly for Scotland – fragrant honeyed heather. Deanston also encourage you to look out for the milder scent of barley sugar.

Palate

DiCaprio’s favoured Scotch has a smooth, creamy sweetness with sumptuous hints of fruit to temper the richness. Maltiness hits the tongue, but the honeyed spiciness prevails – and an aromatic taste of soft vanilla is revealed in the aftertaste.

Everything you need to know about Deanston, Leonardo DiCaprio’s new favourite whisky

Finish

Under the vanilla is a crisp finish – accentuated by a gentle tingle of cloves which recalls the earlier spiciness.

Bottle

With the slogan of ‘Simple. Handcrafted Natural’, Deanston’s whiskies are refreshingly pared back. The bottle is clear, stopped with a simple cork, and labelled with a brown kraft label devoid of any colour but black or white.

This is a smooth, simple whisky – packaged similarly simply – and shows that DiCaprio knows what he’s doing. Flashy in neither image nor name, you can pick up a bottle for a mere £36 – and can channel your inner film star.

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