Deanston 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.73/100
votes
242
Whiskybase ID
WB10435
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Un-Chill Filtered
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
P035667 L5
Barcode
5029704217175
Added on
06 sep 2009 4:24 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 52.93

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Whisky reviews for Deanston 12-year-old

50 users have left 56 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.73 points.

  1. DerDennis! scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Standard whisky with excellent PLV. Interesting, if not very complex nose. Good taste, very balanced. Nice mouthfeel and neat, but unspectacular finish.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Spicy, strong, citrus notes ... grated lemon zest, oranges, malt, honey, menthol, cereals
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, oily, orange marmalade, weak pepper ... slight prickling on the tip of the tongue, strong peppermint, some bitter oak, noticeable vanilla, oatmeal cookies with honey
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium length, oak, oats and honey

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  3. Malthead19 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    FRABE: light gold
    - more interesting 12 years with power and surprising
    strong taste
    - very high price for the standard 12 y.
    • Nose
      reserved, oak with something sweet, vanilla, malt, citrus fruits
    • Taste
      Toffee, sweetish touch and strong development in the mouth, very strong attack, very intense, overall impression surprised
    • Finish
      rather short finish;
      but a long spicy aftertaste, but with a clearly alcoholic note, citrus fruits linger

  4. aw-home scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
      Sherry and citrus fruits with honey, vanilla, pepper and oak notes.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sherry fruits with oranges, caramel, light spiciness and oak notes.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Long with sherry and citrus fruits, caramel and oak notes.

  5. schengel10 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    A very neat 12-year-old Highland Malt;
    [Color] full gold;
    • Nose
      76 76
      Sweetness, citrus fruits, oranges, flowery (summer meadow), vanilla;
    • Taste
      77 77
      sweet on arrival, then fruity (clearly orange); strong; Seasoning (ginger) spreads mouth-filling; oily bodies;
    • Finish
      75 75
      mid-length finish, spice and orange fade away;

  6. diamond2000 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: fresh, vanilla malt, overripe pear, wild flowers, blooming acacia, mowed grass, hay, honey, oatmeal, a little chemical notes: soap, perfumery; sweet dough. Small inclusions of spices: cloves, coriander.

    Taste: bittersweet, spice attack - cloves, coriander, black pepper, herbal bitter like "Riga balm" mixed with honey, vanilla pastry.

    Finish: medium length, again these herbal medicinal motifs mixed with honey, sweet yeast dough, pleasant, warming.

    Rating: 84

    The result: very peculiar and with its zest of whisky, not devoid of individuality. The aroma is a little inconsistent with the taste and finish, but it is very good, and even a hint of soap is not annoying at all. There is a bit of grassy bitterness in the taste and finish, but here it’s already an amateur; someone cannot take a grip on Riga Balsam, I don’t feel like that ...
    In general, a very worthy 12, somehow even offhand, and I don’t remember that from the conditionally "continental" Scotland (Spey, Highland, Lowland) base 10-12 years old, aged a full term in Bourbon, more interesting than this Dyston ..., except Paltney 12

  7. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Exciting, mineral sweet nose, quite tart, bitter finish, tea, spices. Interesting and extraordinary.

  8. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Certainly a whisky that tastes different. And 'different' is nothing for everyone ...
    Taste descriptions I save myself at this point. I think enough experts have commented on this malt; The notes are sometimes as contradictory as they could be. What do I mean by that? To all newbies, put on a sample and judge for yourself. Or buy at this joke but still a bottle. Maybe it's even the price that was the fate of whisky, because no one dares to miss such a malt many points. 'What do the aficionados think if I give 85 points to this whisky?' I do not care - from me there are 88 points! Would I include in my ratings the PLV with it would probably ü90 .. This malt represents Deanston as an original bottling flagship must. And yes; it may be that he does not taste you; Tastes are different; but not to try it because of the low ratings (the experts here) would be wrong! For me, the best whisky you can buy for 32 €! And one of the sweetest in the taste anyway ... Cheers!

  10. maltaholic did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    By Serge Deanston 12 yo (46.3%, OB, +/- 2017): 87 Punkte

  11. RR60 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      84 84

  13. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    For a (only) twelve-year ex-bourbon cask malt okay, nice flavors, but overall a bit flat, especially on the finish
    • Nose
      Orange blossom !, sweet bright honey, toffee, vanilla, light lemon notes, malt, butter biscuits, nuts, coconut, wildflower flowers, fresh grass cuttings
    • Taste
      Nice oily, sweet, fanta, toffee, vanilla, ginger, white pepper, roasted hazelnuts, hanuta, minimal coconut, orange blossom honey, burnt toast with peanut butter, dark chocolate with water: much sweeter and rounder
    • Finish
      short, chocolate, medium dark (60%), then the chocolate fades, and oily slightly bitter Brazil nut emerges, at the very end still the slight ginger sharpness

  14. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  15. kimmosuo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      73 73

  17. irrerelevant scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    the nose is great, taste and finish ain't too bad .. even more yeasty than edradour, I dont like the sharpness and the alcoholic touch, water helps a bit, but i think this spirit needs a higher age
    • Nose
      quite alcoholic, dry, grass, grain, reminds me of grappa or some "Glen Els", thick caramel, one of the maltiest malts i've ever had, a touch of fruit, maybe apples and pears, yeast, honey, even nutty when water is added
    • Taste
      soft, sweet, again yeast and alcohol, quite sharp, pepper, a bit thin, the nose appeared a bit thicker, lots of honey and nuts
    • Finish
      quite short and a bit thin, again honey and a touch of american oak, caramel and malt stay a while

  18. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Sueffig and good.
    • Nose
      Malt, honey sauce, grassy-floral. Above all a pleasant "musty" oak influence.
      Vanilla and caramel in the background.
    • Taste
      Honey again, oelig-sweet. Flower meadow, malt, oak and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium length, oak, honey sauce.

  19. Matt80 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Yeasty, slightly sour, lemon notes, quite restrained, white wine, a touch of oak,. With time the nose is sweeter, malty, ovaltine, menthol, coffee.

      With water - a little sugary, more citrus, herbal.
    • Taste
      Salty, underlying sweetness, some spice, slight sugar, brine, oak.

      With water - sweet and sour sauce, a little white pepper, oak.
    • Finish
      Short, lemon and lime, a touch of spice in the back of your throat, a little oak.

      With water - slightly longer, peppery

  20. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. domani scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    A good everyday whisky - 24.12.2015
    • Nose
      Malt sweet, lemon, grapefruit
    • Taste
      Slightly sweet, nut aromas, vanilla, citrus, spicy, oak comes through a bit
    • Finish
      Short

  22. St. Pauli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A quite complex and enjoyable dram. I have the feeling that this is an underrated whisky.
    • Nose
      Sawdust, honey, sweet barley, reine claude plum, tinned peach, a little heather and green herbs.
    • Taste
      Full, sweet, just getting a tad bitter towards the end. Honeyed cereals, apricot, yellow raisins, polish, ginger and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Warming with pepper and cinnamon, malt and green herbs. 

  23. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: floral, honey, vanilla, malt, fruit mix, oak
    Taste: malt, heather, light smoke, citrus, slightly spicy
    Finish: long, citrus, slightly bitter oak, malt

  24. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  25. fop scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is a good and very tasty standard malt. Almost too good to be true. Try it!

  26. Dramned! scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful 12-year-old who impressively reflects the potential of the distillery as a standard bottling. Striking aroma, pleasant round taste and a really beautiful finish testify to quality and dedicated manual work. Everything is still ecologically and very traditionally made, and at a really good price! The 18er is compared to this quite overpriced ...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. Dramned! scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful 12-year-old who impressively reflects the potential of the distillery as a standard bottling. Striking aroma, pleasant round taste and a really beautiful finish testify to quality and dedicated manual work. Everything is still ecologically and very traditionally made, and at a really good price! The 18er is compared to this quite overpriced ...
    • Nose
      Banana, sherry impact, yellow plum, vanilla, pipe tobacco, sea flavors,
    • Taste
      Rum raisins, oak, bright fruits, lemon
    • Finish
      Long finish with strong oak and a great sweetness that lingers for a long time in the throat, as a conclusion then a nice sharpness

  28. hettrum scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  29. alectron scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    My rating is for a bottle from 2015

  30. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Great find.
    • Nose
      No water - complex. floral sweetness, spicy honey, salty. With water - honey sweet. Fresh herbs like mint and thyme. Eucalyptus oil. Banana.
    • Taste
      No water - sweet, short arrival. Development starts quick with chili spiciness, and citrus of oranges. Ending in lemon rind finish. Intersting stickiness to the palate.
      With water - dry sweet arrival. Development of sour- sweet mandarin.
    • Finish
      Long, citrus finish of lemon and oranges; rind and flesh.

  31. Defeatless scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweet floral, wet grass, like after some rain on a warm day. Hint of vanilla and oak. Some sour notes and a bit oak and some honey

    Initial taste: sweet and sour, like those sweets which all taste the same despite the different colour. Hint of honey and eucalyptus.

    Body: medium, not much on a bit alcoholic

    Finish: medium the sweet and sour notes slowly fade away, not much going on.

    Price: fair for this quality

    Presentation: the story's make you warm, but the liquid doesn't deliver.

    Comments: Well this is a nice daily dram, not complex but very good for having one with friends.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      77 77

  32. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      79 79

  33. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Good standard fabric with good price
    • Nose
      Heather, honey, a little vanilla, hay, malt, green apple, citrus
    • Taste
      Malt, hazelnut, honey, heather, a little ginger and pineapple
    • Finish
      medium

  34. webdiver scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      74 74

  35. Malt Hans scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and malty aroma, lime, oat porridge, green apple, rhubarb and dry hay. Vanilla sweet taste, ginger, pepper, malt and vanilla. Medium long, malty and fruity end.

  36. kulideli scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: Smoke, sweet, floral notes, sherry, malt, vanilla, caramel, fruit mix, hazelnut, citrus, orange, green apple;

    Taste: sweet, honey, malt, sherry, smoke, oranges, chocolate;

    Finish: medium, with oranges;

    Conclusion: great stuff, yummy! Class price / performance.

  37. Igor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    If you're looking for complexity, don't be too hopeful, it has little of that. What it has got though is a character - simple, ingenuous, unflattering, unflinching and straightforward. And anything it holds on has been delivered generously. Why ask affordable, quality single malt for more. So I think, I have to buy a bottle of that Deanston somehow, just to stash it away, you know.
    • Nose
      Umm, that smells like a fine late spring- or summer day with humming bees and insects flying in the sunshine. Figuline/dry clay, sunlit meadow, grain cereal, oatmeal, farinaceous somewhat. Sap then, dandelions, green pears, melon skin, blossoms, touch of citrus, almond fudge, notes of crunchy cold cereal. Along with roasted peanuts, some brininess comes through after a while.
    • Taste
      Dry woodiness, hayloft reminiscence, straw, pine nuts, (salty) hazelnuts, dried peaches/-apricots, coconut shavings, ginger specks. Beginning softly, soothingly, Macallan-esque in some respects, quite oily on the palate, modestly spiced, honeyed slightly. But then merciless citruses break down at long last.
    • Finish
      Leaves rather shallow track of sour citrus, warm and zesty, prickling, a little roughness to it, salty pistachios, anise, p'raps a smidge of halva in between. Yes, toasted oak (assuming lightly toasted oak staves), sherbet lemon, peppermints and orange bonbons.

  38. Juergen78 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  39. Angelos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Notes of vanilla and citrus, some toast (slightly bourbon style), some coco notes
    • Taste
      Sweet and creamy, even a oily character somehow with exotic character, (pineapples, some mango, even some coco notes), citrus and vanilla again
    • Finish
      Medium with some woodspice (not bitter) and vanilla

  40. Hvdree scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  41. Tommalt scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  42. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      76 76

  43. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      vanilla, toffee, sweet grapefruit
    • Taste
      sweet hazelnut, malt,
    • Finish
      short sweet vanilla, anis in the end

  44. Ivynor scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Very simple but well done
    • Nose
      Pastry cream, citrus
    • Taste
      bitterness, lemon, vanilla, cream
    • Finish
      caramel and vanilla

  45. zinaf scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Nothing special but also nothing wrong. Standard stuff.
    • Nose
      A bit restrained; malty; rather fiery for the nostrils undiluted.

      With water: take a bit of water; fruit distillate (apricot rakia); with some time there is some brine.
    • Taste
      Burning a bit; sweet on custard, vanilla; fresh malt;

      Water: becomes more spicy
    • Finish
      Short on wood and some citrus.

  46. mikkellund42 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Canned pear with vanilla, melon and other sweet fruits. Caramel, malt, heather honey and meadow. Hints of camp fire smoke, hints of sea breeze (22)
    • Taste
      Medium sweet, medium sulphur, light salty, light acrid. (22)

  47. granella2003 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Colour : Gold

    Smell : Slightly smoky

    Taste : Dry, full and refined

  48. drkrylov scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  49. drkrylov scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Lowland style.
    • Nose
      Dry. Light peat. Grass. Linseed, leather.
    • Taste
      Lightly oily. Sweet. Lemon-zest. Lemongrass. Lightly malty.
    • Finish
      Sherbet. Lemon-zest again. Grass. Appetising nutty dryness.

  50. Furtia scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      79 79

  51. spatti scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Grain and a hint of Wine, cream of champignons, slight light wood
    • Taste
      Grain and Wood, a hint of marzipan
    • Finish
      long, backed by the alcohol, grain and wood again, bit bitterness

  52. nijholtm scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    a dry whisky with rough edges.
    • Nose
      lots of barley on the nose, cereals and quite a touch of oak.
    • Taste
      rather oaky; even when compared with the Virgin Oak expression. Dried apricots and pencil shavings.
    • Finish
      a medium to long finish with a toasted wood dryness.

  53. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    A relaunch in fancy packaging for Burn Stewart`s Deanston single malt,

    previously famous as the whisky used in the much-missed Wallace whisky

    liqueur. Trivia snitched from the Malt Whisky Yearbook: Deanston is the

    only distillery in Scotland that is self-sustaining for electricity,

    being equipped with a dam and a turbine.

  54. karloff scored this whisky 75 points Specialist

    This is a nice creamy malt that favours a cube of ice to really bring out the flavours.This was on my wish list and it did not disappoint.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      65 65

  55. karloff scored this whisky 75 points Specialist

    This is a lovely malt i got as a fathers day present off my kids
    • Nose
      A lovely floral nose with a strong barley presence, also that new rubber smell with lots of caramel.
    • Taste
      A nice creamy fruity taste, full bodied with citrus tones.
    • Finish
      A nice long orange finish.

  56. Feusi scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A good choice, a fresh barley smell comes into the nose, honey sweet and powerfull malt comes into the palate. A rather short finish forces you to take another dram and another dram.....

  57. hsmithjr scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light.  Grainy.  Some orange blossom.
    • Taste
      Caramel.  Salted hazelnuts. Honey and cream.
    • Finish
      Rough.  Rather bland.  Is that oak, or varnish?

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