Deanston 2008

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Red Wine Matured
Stated Age
09 years old
Bordeaux Red Wine Cask
Number of bottles
58.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
1689492 L5 xx:xx 17254
Added on
07 Dec 2017 3:07 pm by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 75.00

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston 2008

99 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.66 points

  1. Najzero scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Just a quick note, that may be updated with a longer note later:
    Way more edges than the Deanston 10 PX.

    Strong alcohol and loses quite a lot with water. I enjoy it, not as much as I remember the 10PX to be enjoyable, but none the less 85/100 for me right now (may be updated - needed to try it quick ;-) )

    Edited 9 Days later: Gave it a way better rating. The 2008 tends to need quite some "air-time". The breakthrough was when I smelled on the (empty, dry) dram from the last evening. All the red fruits hit me. After giving it some air-time and with the old dram next to it, I started to smell them in the liquid version as well. Air does this gem a huge favor - still have to do some whater experiments though.

    Up to 89/90 (like it more than the PX)

    Sadly I tend to split my bottles via social media, so every time I get my hands on a bottle, it's gone in the blink of an eye...

    Grüße an die Pat Hock Feingeist(er) :-)

  2. Dramned! scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Compared to the almost identical Handfilled from the distillery this one is surprising ...
    More text, more photos and more info can be found on my blog: https://dramned.blog/2018/01/07/deanston-2008-bordeaux-red-wine-casks-587/
    • Nose
      Even a good meter away from the glass already seductive fruity-tart red wine notes flow in the direction of the nose. Closer to that it condenses on boiled red grits and strong Muscovado sugar, the alcohol provides a minty freshness. Completely untypical I have here a salty-oily spicy wort - very exciting! Then it is also back to typical Deanston with aromatic herbal honey and creme brulee with cooked pear, briefly furniture polish flashes on, and a touch of fresh black pepper tickles the nose. The strong alcohol is quite noticeable, but bearable.
    • Taste
      A true Deanston: fat sweet start with spicy herbal sweets, accompanied by hot chili peppers - the alcohol shows full presence! Then ripe redcurrants and raspberries, raisins, pickled Amarena cherries and juice oranges. The honey sweetness flatters briefly, before then quickly tannins and dry oak wood provide intense roasty aromas. Dark tart cocoa, coarse tobacco and deep black espresso determine the character more and more and make this Deanston seem much older than the nine years. Although water brings a little more fruit, but also emphasizes the bitter notes.
    • Finish
      In the middle-length finish, two flavors stand out above all else - caramelised fruit compote and tart wood, slightly malty sweetness and chocolate with a pinch of clove remain the longest.

  3. mothers_finest scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful Deanston. No revelation but fruity sweet, with a pleasant bitterness on the finish. Strangely reminds me of my self-matured ex-Oloroso Macduff (called Deathtrap).

    Yes a bit of youth is felt, but for 50 ¬ is fine.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. MrDvorak scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 88pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose is very intense and voluminous with notes of red currant, cranberry, vanilla and caramel.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is beautifuly sour sweet and mouth coating with nuances of a cripsy strawberry cake and chocolate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is quite tannic and pretty long with notes of cocoa powder, spicy oak and lots of berries.

  5. aspa scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, quite alky, pungent, young, wild, you could say that you want to see something positive. Not surprising considering its age, but a bit of a shame. It has delicious aromas behind the wall of alcohol, but unfortunately they are dominated by the pungent alcohol. The burgundy finish is surprisingly sweet, almost like PX sherry. Sweet honey, dark, sugared fruits and crystallized brown sugar. Caramel, some fudge with cinnamon. If you somehow fade out the alcohol, it's quite delicious. Maybe a few more years wouldn't have hurt?

    This is now a rather dry wine or, to be honest, still more like a sherry finish. Tart, slightly bitter chocolate and salted caramel fudge. A hint of air from a spice shop. Unfortunately, it is still rather strong alcohol that burns a bit on the tongue and the palate and is unfortunately not very well integrated. Strong but too wild. The heavy, slightly earthy side of the wine comes through a little now and then, especially if you let the dram sit in your mouth for a while before swallowing it. Here, too, delicious and interesting flavors but unfortunately a bit too young, too wild, too alcoholic for me.

    A warming and slightly peppery layer remains in the throat for a long time, almost into the stomach. A bitter, slightly bitter taste remains in the mouth, here I feel more reminiscent of Bordeaux wine. Unfortunately, the alcohol continues to dominate too much. Spice market, cinnamon, caramel, black chocolate and some espresso show up.

    An actually interesting dram with an interesting wine barrel influence, but too stormy, too young, too alky.
    N-84, T-81, F-78 for unfortunately bad 81 points.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Sour sweet strawberry cake with cherry, caramel, black pepper and chocolate.

    RATING: 88pts - [n21,t23,f22,b22] → |86-89: Remarkable|

  7. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A very fruity-intensive malt, but never too cluttered: Neither from the alcohol strength of the wine barrel flavors ago.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very nice fruit, apricot, light maltiness. The 58.7% are well integrated and ensure a pleasant freshness. Something sherry. Light herbal spice, paired with pleasant oak. If you know it, notes of dry red wine will come in very easily. A very pleasant fruity-intensive nose.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sherry, some plum, malt, herbs. Very tight and good. Oak. Fruity, intense, everything perfectly integrated. The 58.7% give properly power and volume, but in my opinion never dominant.
    • Finish
      91 91
      In the medium-length finish, the oak and spice become a bit more intense, then the fruit notes reappear. Enjoyable.

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Neither oaky, nor winey

    You see them more often nowadays: whisky’s finished or matured on red wine casks from France. This Deanston from 2008 spent the whole 9 years on such a cask from Bordeaux and was bottled at cask strength in 2017.

    The nose bursts with red fruit, caramel, sniffing tobacco and red candy. Some furniture polish and blood oranges, but cherries quickly take the lead, followed by rhubarb. Softly spiced on pepper, some nutmeg and vanilla. Surprisingly rich and complex for such a young beast and the wine does not dominate, which I find quite pleasant.

    Kaboom! This is a kick to the teeth! The alcohol manifests itself prominently. Pretty piquant too. Pepper, chili, cloves, nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. But then the explosion of fruit follows: citrus and mostly red fruit. Cherries, berries and the likes. Nicely sweet. The tannine of the cask counterfoots this, but the malt never turns oaky, nor winey. This is beautiful. And bottled at its peak, I’d say.

    Only in the long finish do I get the first inkling of the drying effect, but it remains sweet enough to be pleasant throughout. It dies a spicy death.

    Excellent marriage between the soft malt of Deanston and the wine cask. Top dram.

  9. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      vine, oaky, intense sherry
    • Taste
      87 87
      madére, almond, tobacco, a little dark chocolate, confit dry, woody
    • Finish
      87 87
      rather medium to long, with red fruits, honey, spices and cooked almonds.

  10. Kaleva scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    I've read some good feedbacks about this bottling, so it was interesting to taste it myself. The first impression wasn't good: obvious red wine with strong sulfur notes. Then sulfur fades and the nose shows other notes but added water re-activates sulfur again. The taste is better than the nose but still feels quite young. The overall impression is spoiled by sulfur, so it's definitely not my type of whisky. However, with the price of 50 euros it's rather good purchase as for limited release
    • Nose
      Red wine, sulfur, red berries (currant, cranberry), oak, spices (pepper, nutmeg), green pear, caramel, water opens up lemon zest and some vanilla but makes sulfur notes even stronger
    • Taste
      Quite sweet, peppery, malty, ginger, butterscotch, dry tobacco
    • Finish
      Medium-long, somewhat sweet, oaky, malty, getting dry after a while


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