Deanston 15-year-old - Marsala Finish

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distillery Exclusive
Stated Age
15 years old
Marsala Wine Cask Finish
Number of bottles
55.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
1803457 L5 xx:xx 18116
Added on
14 aug 2018 10:33 am by Dramned!
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 117.33

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Whisky reviews for Deanston 15-year-old - Marsala Finish

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.15 points.

  1. LeChiffre scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very powerful malt that tolerates water. Overall, an interesting game of sweetness and spiciness (oak noticeable) with beautiful flavor cargo. For my taste possibly minimal too dry mouthfeel. Overall, a great malt at a pretty high price.
    • Nose
      85 85
      sour-sweet; bright fruits; Honey; candy fruits; some mint; Touch of herbs; spicy subtle oak in the background
    • Taste
      86 86
      initially fruity sweetness (bright fruits); Caramel, heather honey; then dominate strong-spicy oak emerging; tingling; increasingly noticeable dry mouthfeel
    • Finish
      84 84
      dry; fruity sweetness; sparkling spice that slowly dies down; some bitter oak remains behind

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  3. Roland7 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Tropical fruits and citrus! Grapefruit, orange candy, mango, red apple, white grape, blackberry, blueberry, birch sap, gum, woody, spicy, ginger, black tea, milk chocolate, leather.

  4. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The wine finish is clearly noticeable with its inherent sweetness and berry motifs, but the main aging, obviously in bourbon, turned out to be very aggressive and sharp and harmonious, a smooth combination did not happen, it's more like a struggle between different beginnings, and if in the aroma they more or less combine and complement each other , then in the taste of marsala it is simply rejected, and fades into the background at the finish.
    • Nose
      Open, damp, woody and mineral tones against the background of sweet wine and berry motifs, freshly sawn boards, wood dust, drying plaster, gypsum, stone chips, slightly burnt sparklers, berry jam, raisins, dried grapes.
    • Taste
      Slightly harsh, watery, sweet wine notes, pungent mineral-industrial undertones, tart oak, leather goods, ginger, redcurrant,
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, woody notes framed by light wine shades, tobacco, leather goods, ginger, pink pepper.

  5. Kensay scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Classic sherry nose. Very sweet and oversaturated. For myself, I did not find anything interesting that I would like to write about

  6. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant in the nose, but in the mouth too much oak. There's nothing wrong with that ...
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fruity and fresh, clear mint, with creamy, some chocolate, yellow fruit, almonds, overall rather dry and sour, as sweet, fruits go something in the tropical direction, mango and passion fruit, after the first sip of intense, sweet, fruity, peach , Vanilla
    • Taste
      80 80
      also in the mouth a dry feeling, but short in sweet taste at the beginning, then wood, oak, becomes much drier, salt, yellow fruit, already massive wood, vanilla, also the second sip is quite woody, a little nut, not so super pleasant, with water rather worse
    • Finish
      82 82
      Almost bitter, oak, vanilla, slightly creamy, behind the back then comes through again the fruit, peach

  7. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    When tasting, about 2 months later I found him on the palate a lot better than the first time! My taste description remains the same, but overall he comes off me in terms of intensity and fun better ...

    Second Vote:
    Nose 88
    Palate 89
    Finish 87

    Maybe it's just because it was my first malt today and then the 4th or 5th at a tasting. So you see how all these factors can play a role. So do not give too much on points - whether Serge, Youtuber XY or me - all very circumstantial ...
    • Nose
      88 88
      I like the nose quite well. A bit sour-sweet, malty, something like ginger in the background and some glue.
    • Taste
      86 86
      At the beginning much sweeter on the palate as in the nose. Directly followed by quite dominant oak spiciness, light tropical fruits (papaya) and caramel (quite a bit).
    • Finish
      85 85
      Pretty bitter finish.

  8. Trops scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Trivial flavor - malt and sweetness
    • Taste
      85 85
      The body is oily. The mineral component is strong, pronounced sweetness, unlike aroma, is absent, the influence of wine is almost not felt. No revelations and surges.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Shorter than average

  9. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    The sulfurous aroma is compensated by an explosive taste and a pleasant finish (87)
    • Nose
      First heavy, sulfur and sweetness ... then orange candies ... again sulfur ... after standing up honey and cream appeared (21)
    • Taste
      Fruit, sweet, oily, chocolate candle with salt (22)
    • Finish
      Spicy, chocolate, and exotic fruit with cream ... salt, leather, wood (22)


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