Deanston Decennary

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distillery Exclusive
American Oak, Port Pipe, Pedro Ximenez
Number of bottles
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
50th Anniversary
Added on
10 Dec 2017 6:52 pm by yggr

Average value

€ 123.70

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148 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston Decennary

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.47 points

  1. Dramned! scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Four whiskys from four decades were married for the Decennary. And for the fiftieth anniversary, Deanston has not just taken any barrels - the whiskys are some already quite familiar:

    1977 whisky refill
    1982 American Oak
    1996 Port Pipe
    2006 Pedro Ximénez

    And the Decennary is much more than the sum of the tipped-up individual whiskys, but a coherent, harmonious and very own creation, almost a symphony in perfection without a dissonance in which each barrel gets its own unmistakable score. The wonderful spicy fruitiness of Port and PX barrels combined with the aromatic depth of 40 years. Incredibly profound, incredibly multi-layered and exciting with each sip and with always new flavors to discover. An absolutely perfect conglomeration of great, independent whiskys that could not have been better - a masterpiece of the Masterblender!
    My personal Christmas present 2017 and without question THE highlight of last year.

    The complete tasting with lots of information and photos: https://dramned.blog/2018/04/19/deanston-decennary-463/
    • Nose
      Immediately the nose is ensnared with dark and very aromatic, slightly sour fruits. It reminds at the beginning already strongly of the port wine Deanston, which gave it exclusively in the Destillerieshop to buy last year. But soon there is much more. Ripe pears, dark, slightly burnt caramel from a creme brulee - you almost hear the cracking of the hard flambé sugar layer. The aromatic-sweet fragrance that flows towards you when you open a fresh packet of pipe tobacco with vanilla. Cooked berry fruit with lots of vanilla give a foreshadowing of the expected sweetness. All this develops on a permanently perceptible thick carpet of many dark and old wood notes, which push more and more into the foreground. Ever darker and heavier, one notices next to the light sweet fruitiness also the deep age of the barrels. The nose can hardly be released, so varied and colorful sloshing because the flavors in varying intensity from the glass.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, something truly incredible happens, as if every keg, detached from the unit, is vying for attention - a true dram in several acts.
      As a prologue, dark juicy-sticky dried fruits slowly and sluggishly enter the stage of the palate. Their performance aromatic-deep and sweet and mysterious, peppered with spices from 1001 Nights and strong sweetish tobacco notes, they almost make for oriental flair.
      After that, the oak has its start. Cluttering she comes stormed on the stage, wants to be the star, running growling and wild gesticulating Mephisto equal from corner to corner, with tannins and aromas of old, already partly rotten wood, which stored in damp musty cellars, causes a stir and enthusiasm , Ahhs and Ohhs murmur through the audience. After a profoundly tingling crescendo of warming and slightly sour wood notes, she becomes softer and softer, finally bowing down to leave the next seduction on the stage.
      The epilogue is all about sweetness. Almost hovering prancing and honey sweet she scurries across the creaking boards, throws creamy herbal sweets into the audience, sprinkles spicy Muscovado sugar and with a nice dark malt flavor she disappears on the stage.
    • Finish
      What remains after the applause has died down: Old cracked plank wood with the scent of countless listed drams, dark fir honey, sweet spicy dried fruit and a whole spate of spices form an impressively full and long finish - the chewing and smacking does not want to end , The oak notes are heavy and dark, form fine roasting aromas like a freshly brewed espresso with a lot of crema and stick with their tart nuances and a sweet sweet heat the longest and slow down slowly.

      Then - awesome silence. The curtain closed, no questions.

  2. Pollenflug scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Already at the first Verriechen just above the edge of the glass reveals the Deanston many facets with plenty of depth. First impression: Sweet-sour flavors mingle with light and dark fruits and spicy-dusty oak notes. More precise: Apple juice, lemons, dried orange peel, vanilla, dark forest honey, light fruits (peaches?) And dried fruits (raisins and dates) are the main focus. A heavy residual sweetness flashes up, which reminds me of a burnt caramel crust of a creme brulee. During the nosing, the heavy notes gain in intensity and crave for attention piece by piece. Plenty of spices and herbs (eg nutmeg & ginger) as well as herb-dusty oak wood notes complete the multi-layered nose. The alcohol (46.3% drinking strength) is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      With a silky soft and creamy texture, the malt spreads throughout the mouth. The dilution on drinking strength convinced me even after the third sip not one hundred percent. Almost 50% might have been the better choice for me, the final touch (in terms of aroma transport) is missing here a bit. However, the Deanston does not look really watered down. Sweet-sour fruits flash with a very delicate ginger sharpness. Apple juice, citrus fruits, peaches, salty caramel sweets, vanilla and dark forest honey mix with juicy dates and raisins. The full herbal, spice and oak load will not be long in coming. A touch of mint joins in.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweet and spicy and warm. At the beginning of the departure, a nice residual sweetness flashes before the heavy aromas noticeably gain presence. Dark fruits, herbs, spices and dusty old oak notes let the Deanston slowly fade away. Walnuts and hints of roasted aromas finally join. The palate has a delicate bitterness.

  3. Hemdl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    For me one of, if not the (!) Surprise to date this year (2018). A wonderful multi-layered malt, which actually offers the best of several decades and barrel types, without noticeably showing any weaknesses anywhere. Chapeau at the Masterblender in this case, done everything right.
    • Nose
      One word - delicious! As you can see, what such a filling can afford, which combines several (completely different) vintages and barrels. The deep aromas, rich in honey and vanilla, are present, as well as the fresh and pleasantly fruity aromas of the younger barrels. Astonishingly, the younger (and probably stronger) barrels are by no means leaking in the nose, but for me the creamy, sedate and elegant aromas of the (which I'll just write to them at that point) dominate the older barrels. Every now and then the fruity notes of the younger barrels flash, especially with red berries.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly mild and creamy, without being watered down or too lax. The drinking power hit almost perfect, I would say. Immediately here are the honey and light oak flavors, which have retained in the nose yet. Green fruits join, which seem to open with some time on the tongue and gain in maturity, intensity and above all fruit sweetness. For me one of the malts, the better, the longer you let him on the tongue. The oak is present, but keeps covered and saves with tannins. At the third and fourth sip then significantly more red fruits, caramel and candied walnuts. A conglomerate, which I now assign mainly to the younger barrels. Nice variety, very complex.
    • Finish
      Gentle and sweet, then slightly spicy oak and some smoke at the end, which sticks to the palate together with the oak. No false notes, no dryness - wonderful.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    I fell for Deanston after a self-discovery of its revival in July ’17 [WLP]. I missed the boat when this Decennary was released but found a bottle reasonably priced on the secondary market. Technically only 10-11 years old, we know an age-statement here would have betrayed the true age that lies behind this vintage-laden, decades-tribute bottling.

    N: This is some kind of blending masterpiece. The four constituent parts that make up this ‘blend’, dance in sync. Even if the sum hasn’t necessarily transcended the parts, this is one beautiful concoction. It’s easy to detect the contemporary raisiny & orangey-tannin-syrup-ed sherry cask, the old fusty dunnage bourbon cask[s], and just enough of the sweet port contingent. The distillate isn’t lost in the mix either, so there’s quite some expectation for the palate.
    T: The PX sherry cask promotes a contemporary style, the well-considered port element harmonizing with ease. Slowly but surely, the age-related dunnage tones from the 1970s & 80’s bourbon casks sure-up the balance to seal the deal. The heart is a soft juicy fruity-syrupy combo of all those four casks. It doesn’t mind a little water, but just a few drops in the mouth will do nicely. Plenty of limelight falls over berry and orchard fruit syrups alongside an easily relatable red wine note with a slight fusty note on the turn. Quibbles? Possibly a touch too much resinous-raisin-y cask activity making those old [bourbon] casks appear a tad heavily ‘finished’ to push this bottling [score-wise] into the 90s, but there’s no need to over-analyse this one. Taste, chew and enjoy.
    F: After some light-yet-rich-enough [dried & crystalised, yet not too sweet ginger & orange] chocolate, the raisin & barley-rich oily mouthfeel perfectly pleasures the palate. Furthermore, the sherry syrup and savoury grape-sweet port tannins [a touch butyric], elongate the finish. The fusty influences from the two old casks linger downstage in the mix and play a larger role towards the tale.

    C: The conclusion [in part] goes to Dramned [below] who says ‘almost a symphony in perfection without a dissonance’. I doubt this blending masterpiece will become an all-time classic [though OBE may have something to say about that], so get those bottles open and drink it up. Delicious stuff! I wish I could have afforded a case at the time.

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blindtasting !!!
    Question mark - really a tough nut for me - first impression, Speyside Bourbon keg - then comes on the palate the date sweetness and I'm at a Sherry keg or Vatting Somehow he reminds me of a Clynelish - Sherrycask 16-20yo 46% - the quality is quite high - so my taste he does not meet - something bothers me - I can not really describe it - I suspect the combo of sweetness and lemon
    Analysis: .. virgin oak I had briefly suspected, but he was to me but overall "thin" (I am VirginOakFan know but much more active and glue was not to find yesterday) I have the cardboard box in the whole context as a "false mark" viewed - he had already "old bottleflavor" just did not fit into the overall picture of a young old Malts from the 90s to today (so I take the style true) the intense date nuts is rather modern for me .. an ultra Chimere - yes, unfortunately no "poem" - the harmony I miss a little - definitely not a bad malt, but as luck would have I just before the 20 Oloroso in the glass - and was very tasty and special. 86 for the "cocktail" 90.9 for the Oloroso - since the Oloroso was cheaper then, this is my clear favorite next to the 12er.
    • Nose
      sweet and sour apples, some lemon, some vanilla, slightly mineral, honey, oily oak notes with nutmeg, eucalyptus, herbs
    • Taste
      slightly alcoholic, fruity, sweet apples but also dates - lemony, mineral - minty fresh - if you chew it longer cardboard box, autumn leaves, the longer I chew it, the sweeter he will be
    • Finish
      slightly bitter - walnut skin, lemon, pepper, again dates - sweet - medium long

  7. mudshark scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. KonstUA scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 21, balance 22

  9. WillWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    When not yet breath enough, I do not like this dram but after weeks passed, the Deanston taste comes out more, ginger, brown sugar, a bit floral notes, can enjoy a while.

  10. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87


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