Deanston 2008

Overall rating
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
Added on
07 Dec 2017 3:07 pm by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 74.29

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston 2008

83 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.82 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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. waal scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aroma / Nose feeling:
    Very intense and incredibly sweet. Dark honey and oak alternate, although the alcohol is noticeable but not dominant. Warm raspberries and vanilla ice cream prepare for the first sip. The aromas of various peels of citrus fruits such as tangerines and lemons blend in and give the scotch a hint of acidity.
    Everything gets a little tighter with water and wet wood is added.

    Taste / mouthfeel:
    The malt is so sweet and sticky. The first sip was very impressive. Of course, the vinous fruit notes are omnipresent. This Deanston is very present in the mouth. Not least because of the strong start. In addition to the fruits I notice dark chocolate, nuts, coffee powder, cinnamon and some alcohol, which is otherwise very well integrated.
    With water, the acid gains, but the malt loses ...

    Finish / aftertaste / Length:
    Again, the sweetness is prevalent, although the single malt is more and more dry and also slightly astringent. The finish is really long and very powerful and warming. The now slightly noticeable bitterness does not detract from the good overall impression. The scotch is a bit herbaceous in the after-taste, which I do not like so much, and here I find the disagreeable taste of Deanston 12 again, which could hitherto hide well by the Vollreifung in red wine barrel.
    With water, this herbal note is enhanced.

    Overall impression / comment:
    Well. Really good. In my opinion, it does not work with water at all. Since that comes to me "deanstige" too strong. My rating should show, however, that I will still like to have him from time to time in the glass. But then only pure!

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Bam scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very nice whisky, from the youth is nothing to feel, on the contrary, you have just at the right moment released from the barrel, the whisky has already taken the Fassaromen, the oak is noticeable, but still discreet.
    • Nose
      Red berries, slightly sour, thus more currants and sour cherry. Worn by a beautiful vanilla note. Slightly malty. Milk chocolate. Lemons.
    • Taste
      Start with sweet and sour berries, again the sour cherries and blackcurrants. Now the red wine is there too. Vanilla, caramel and whole milk cola, some oak in the form of espresso.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, lightly sliced remains on the tongue, the oak, the red wine and the lemon introduce themselves again.

  10. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    T he Deanston is an absolute surprise, delicious, fruity for me, sweet but with great power. He tolerates water and can deal with this super. You can really play with him and that's what I really stand for. Am thrilled. Yes, who gigantic if you give him another 3-5 years, a little rest and he would win nicely.
    • Nose
      The start has already surprised me a lot, I had the feeling to have a bourbon in the glass, the wine note was not as pronounced as I thought. Rather distinct caramel, vanilla and sweetness, fruity sweetness.
      I had a bit of alcohol in my nose, whisky was already in the glass for an hour, but it was still present. In addition very light furniture polish and some pepper. Then came the fruit flavors of cherry, red fruits and wine. Some wine is then there and the citrus freshness you get clearly. Exciting story, I have to say.
    • Taste
      H at one of the Deanston then once in the mouth, then goes off. Formally it occupies the whole palate, seasoning, again dark red berries - sour strawberries or cherries and pepper, intensive is here almost an understatement. Of course, this is also due to the alcohol strength, but really delicious. It has a great texture and comes later with a slight dryness. The spice comes from the wood as well as the vanilla. Light tobacco and leather notes underline the complete whisky with a dark. Overall, a little more wine expected, but not bad at all. I find this incredibly exciting and intense sweet.
      If you add 1-2 drops of water, the dark notes go away immediately and the berries appear clearer. He is much lovelier and still only a slight dryness. Again and again beautiful fruit compote, the pepper turns into a little chili and remains as sharpness but anything but unpleasant.
    • Finish
      The departure, however, is only so mediocre, but it does not matter, then I just take another sip. The combination of permanent smell and taste makes it truly a delicious whisky.


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