February 2021 – Deanston 18yr

Deanston Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 18 Year Old 

It’s been a while since we delivered a traditional Scotch to Summerton Whisky Club members, with 2018 the last time we shared something of this age… It gives us great pleasure to be able to share Deanston’s 18 Year Old. Aged in second fill Bourbon casks and finished in first fill Bourbon barrels from Kentucky, this is a fantastic example of Deanston whisky. It gets its light character from upward sloping lyne arms (the connection between still and condensing system)


In 1785 the Deanston Cotton Mill opened its doors on the banks of the River Teith. The mill flourished over the 19th century and saw the owners build the village of Deanston for their workers – a school, roads, gas works, waterwheels and suchlike. When the cotton industry struggled in the 20th century and with a whisky boom underway in Scotland, the plentiful supply of fresh soft water and energy on site established the Mill as the perfect candidate to convert to a distillery. Production started in the 60s and saw the first Deanston Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky released in 1974. However, not immune from the downturn in the whisky industry, the distillery was mothballed from 1982 for eight years.


Open ever since, the Mill’s locality and infrastructure has been key to Deanston’s success. The distillery is powered by the River Teith, which also supplies water to the Distillery. The Weaving Shed, built in the 1830s, features three feet of soil insulation and metre thick walls. These attributes help to maintain constant conditions – the perfect environment to mature whisky.




As always, we will be running a Member’s Photo Competition this month, with a MYSTERY SAMPLE going to five lucky winners. To enter, members will share a picture with their bottle on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, tagging (@SummertonClub) and the hashtag #SummertonWhiskyShots. Every picture shared earns an entry and there’s no limit to how many times an individual can enter. Entries start from Wednesday 24th February.



Our day of Whisky Fun is back on 20th March, join us to explore the world of amazing whisky and whiskey from the comfort of your own home.

We have five brands joining us on the day to share their knowledge and leading the tasting of their whisk(e)y, which we will all do together, as well as cocktail sessions, music and a quiz. All attendees will be sent a festival pack to join in on the day, containing ten drams (3-5cl), a Summerton tasting glass, a G&T and snacks.

Guest hosts include Matthew Wright (TV & Radio), Colin Hampden-White (one of the Three Drinkers on Amazon), Joe Wadsack (TV) and Amy Seton (Birmingham Whisky Club).

Find out more and get your ticket here – definitely something not to miss!