Whisky Magazine Issue 107
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Rob Allanson Visits a Resurgent Deanston Distillery
It was one of those moments where the hunger was really beginning to bite; perhaps I should have had more for breakfast, but then I knew I wanted to get to Aberfeldy and then down to Deanston, near Stirling, and its new shiny visitor centre.
Perhaps it was down to the decision not to stop at motorway services and look for more interesting places to eat and drink.
Let me explain further. Most motorway services usually feature a petrol station, a collection of big name fast food outlets and, generally, a freezer food restaurant. By this I mean large quantity, minimum cooking fuss type joints. Normally these are no too bad but sometimes a burger and chips can weigh heavily on a body when riding a motorbike. That and I just wanted to eat a little healthier and better on the road.
Thankfully Deanston offers more than just a dram and a tour; it has a full on, fresh cooked food, varied menu cafe too. Perfect for a decent bite before taking a tour, and in my case a fantastic goat's cheese and haggis panini. Now that's a great way to start and afternoon wandering round a distillery.
Deanston itself is to be honest a rather plain looking building from the outside, more office like than distillery; only the sweet smells of mashing and distilling to give away the secrets hidden inside.
Much of this is down to the fact the in a former life Deanston was a mill, and an impressive one at that.
Built in 1785, the mill really got into its stride in the early 1800s when James Smith, who w...