Deanston 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Finish
Stated Age
10 years old
Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Finish
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
1847452 L5 xx:xx 18277
Added on
26 Dec 2018 12:52 pm by Astrid

Average value

€ 56.22

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston 10-year-old

57 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.27 points

  1. Simson scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    It arrives with malt and sweetness and subtle red wine notes. In the taste it is then accompanied by the dryness of the Bordeaux wine. The finish is medium long. To me it is a very good expression of Deanston and a dram I could drink everyday.

  2. Dutchdram scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    This stuff is must-have! Heaven! And it's really a bargain. Bar-staple for sure.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Amazingly fruity with hints of blackberries, cherries, cranberries, raspberries and a little hint of lime. Really complemented each other very well. Ofcourse there is a nice hint of red wine. Hints of vanilla and the Deanston honey too. At the end a spicy note of cloves
    • Taste
      96 96
      Sweet and fruity. The first touch on my tongue was so clear; vanille, honey, dark chocolate and sweet malty notes are the main notes. Followed by blackberries, cranberries and strawberries. Also red wine on the palate. A spicy end with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and a hint of ginger.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long! With tasty notes of oak, nutmeg and honey.

  3. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nice nose, the drinking strength fits well, but it has become a bit too woody and dry in my mouth, which for me does not go so well with the rather light Deanston character.
    • Nose
      Unmistakably Deanston, slightly floral, slightly waxy, light acidity, raspberry, on the acidity there is a slight sweetness from the berries, chocolate, but more dark, a little spice, wet tobacco, clearly also mint, nutty sweetness, towards marzipan, the floral base tone is above everything
    • Taste
      oily, sweet (only when starting out), nut, malt, raspberry, spice, grassy, dark, tart, quite dry mouthfeel overall, tart, some wood
    • Finish
      noticeably woody, nut, tart, almost slightly bitter, a hint of red berries remains, hazelnut, with a shell that brings in a bit of bitterness, warming and medium length, a little salt too

  4. larswehmeier scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Great value for money! Intense red fruits and red wine aromas, but not too overloaded and not boring.
    • Nose
      Sweet and fruity on the first nose. Red apples, strong berries. Pleasant alcohol strength. The red wine is immediately and clearly there. After the first sip, it shows herbs and a bit more spicy notes overall
    • Taste
      Pleasantly creamy on the tongue. Here again the fruity berries, the red apple and pleasant sweetness. Over time, fine acidity and drier red wine notes. Some chocolate on the palate.
    • Finish
      Pleasantly dry and spicy, but still rather fruity and sweet overall.

  5. Astrid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A fine malt that does not immediately reveal all its secrets. With a little time and attention, you can watch how new flavors keep popping up and unfolding.
    • Nose
      rather delicate, red fruits and raisins, creamy vanilla and biscuit, cherry, subtle oak wood with velvety spice, waxy and oily character, caramel and nougat, green tea, fresh and virtuoso citrus notes and sugar, tingling barley malt, flowery honey, mineral tones, tobacco , Balsamic, walnut, mint, plums, hibiscus, gooseberry and kiwi, green melon, dark chocolate, plantain, passion fruit
    • Taste
      Malt and blossom honey with thick vanilla, orange and other citrus fruits, slightly dry oak with clear hints of red wine, velvety-soft spice of cinnamon and clove, prunes and raisins, raspberry jelly, a touch of dark chocolate with a little mint, marzipan and nuts, cherry, slightly oily and earthy with pleasant acidity, apple, tea with brown cane sugar
    • Finish
      slightly spicy oak, slightly green and metallic, cinnamon and caramel, candied citrus fruits, nutty salt implications, barley malt and honey, red gummy bears, traces of prunes and wine, vanilla, cocoa

  6. Saftkenner scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great Deanston with very good value for money. It was often available for less than € 40. The finish was very effective. All in all, refreshingly different, not quite as impressive as the 9-year full red wine barrel maturation (2008-2017), but also significantly cheaper.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The red wine barrel finish is immediately noticeable here. Slightly sour with vanilla and red fruits. Raspberries, blackberries, cherries, oak spice, mandarins, hazelnuts, fresh coffee grounds.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Strong and sparkling start. Cherries, red currants, oak, earth, espresso, walnuts, dark chocolate, boiled cranberries.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long finish. Light tannins with vanilla and cranberry jelly.

  7. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Smell: medium bouquet, well integrated alcohol, slightly sweetish one-dimensional, without becoming boring, red berry, with German. Raspberry tone, plum in the base, the finish comes out pretty clear via the wine note, according to the solvent tone, but it never bothers

    Taste: present red berry sweetness, which is pushed by a good portion of alcohol, light honey tone, which is immediately overrun by the wood, nutmeg, cinnamon, medium-sized. Reverberation with (again) present a spicy alcohol-wood mix

    Color: yellow gold with a reddish tinge, clear, medium. to narrow WR

    Conclusion: Successful red wine finish, that the whisky always leaves its basic character, surprisingly a lot of wood for a relatively young age, and less surprisingly fairly present alcohol, no dram for the late evening, but a very good choice as a pick-me-up to start an autumn whisky tasting ...

  8. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    In the glass a Deanston with a finish in a red wine barrel from Bordeaux. The whisky comes from the bottling year 2019 and was bottled at a strength of 56.3% vol. When it was ten years old. The whisky shows itself in the glass in terms of color in the range of red-brown and with medium viscosity.
    • Nose
      86 86
      When you first smell it, notes of red fruits, soft and restrained. Strawberries, raspberries, some sandalwood and hay. The alcohol is not noticeable and the whisky is rather gentle on the nose. As far as the wine character is concerned, I would prefer to speak of a rosé rather than a red Bordeaux, but at least a subtle note of the finish can be guessed at.
    • Taste
      86 86
      At first on the palate a fruity-sour mix with light hints of bourbon casks. The sweetness is restrained at the beginning and a certain sharpness sets in relatively early, but it is not excessive and has the cool note of mint. Somewhat astringent oak seasoning is also involved, before raspberries and vanilla pudding in particular prevail.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long finish, fresh mint, notes of vanilla, raspberries and a little spice. Looks quite pleasant.

  9. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    For me, this is an experiment gone extremely well. Or maybe it's just pure skill of the master distiller. Probably something in between. In the end this is an very enjoyable whisky for a great price. I bought another bottle :)
    • Nose
      91 91
      Great combination of mainly ripe red fruit and sour red grapes. But there is also fatty vanilla, butter, hay, dunnage warehouses, earth tones and and mossy oak beneath that.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Juicy, sweet red fruit, fatty vanilla, and then it develops in mouth watering sweet, oak soaked dark sugar and earth tones
    • Finish
      87 87
      Not long, quite drying, only slightly bitter. Drying red fruit and oak saps are more dominant than the sour wine notes for me

  10. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85


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