Deanston 10-year-old

Overall rating
85.20/100
votes
424
Whiskybase ID
WB123447
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Finish
Bottled
04.10.2018
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Finish
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
1847452 L5 xx:xx 18277
Barcode
5029704219193
Added on
26 dec 2018 12:52 pm by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 57.64

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Whisky reviews for Deanston 10-year-old

61 users have left 62 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.20 points.

  1. larswehmeier scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.

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  3. McKapran scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Jasper1987 scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    I like Deanston. Quality stuff.

    The red wine casks give the whisky a nice twist. It smells like a cranberry caramel fudge, with some deanston maltiness. Bit more baking (cinnamon) spice and some dark chocolat in the taste.

    Not as briljant as the standard 12. But nice for a change

  5. Armiil scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Something different with the red wine cask finish and I'm intrigued.

    The nose is particularly acidic, sweet and full of forest berries (arctic raspberry, blackberry). The initial nose was followed by chocolate, vanilla, orange and at times, I found hints of rum raisin, licorice and anise. The aftertaste is quite dry and oaky and smells like honey, slightly sulfury and grapes.

    Very pleasant whisky and guaranteed Deanston quality. 85 points.

  6. Whiskygimple scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    You notice the wine finish, but also the relatively young age. Fits so very well, especially for the price.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. davidloosli scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Easy drinking, rather one dimensional
    • Nose
      Shortbread, caramel, herbal, mint, some plums, vanilla
    • Taste
      Nicely balanced, plums again, plum pie, a bit of caramel, lightly sour, dried apples
    • Finish
      Nice chocolate flavors, smooth, nice wood spices

  8. KB201 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Deanston Bordeaux Red Wine Cask was made using traditional methods. The 10-year-old single malt matured in Bordeaux red wine barrels, which is clearly evident in the aroma.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Rich grapes, wine notes, honey, caramel candies and subtle spices.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dark chocolate, a touch of caramel syrup, red wine, honey and sweet malt.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long-lasting and sweet with a slight spice.

  9. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Bene37 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Nose: warm, berry (raspberry and strawberry), cherry, red grapes, red apples, cereals, toast with honey - pleasing

    Palate: red berries and apples, cherries, some cereals and liquorice, a bit tart

    Finish: short to medium length, tart, warm, a few berries

    Evaluation: the nose is still pleasant and pleasing, but the rest is not mine at all (disclaimer: whisky and wine barrel rarely go well together for me ...): berries, grain, sour. On the palate it quickly becomes too sour, the finish is dominated by the sour taste - in contrast to the Standard 12, I don't want to enjoy this at all.

    78/100 or 4/10

  12. Tordeaux scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  13. dapoinbua scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  14. hafssol scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A very solid red wine finish, with a warm colour and a clear natural feeling.
    Deanston crafts a rich and balanced malt, with the obviously prominent rounded notes of dried fruits, slowly fading in hints of wood and some vanilla. It’s a very pleasant autumnal dram, warm and even slightly sweet as a Spanish brandy, but fragrant as fresh tobacco and with a nice cereal crisp.
    Woody and berry notes in its pleasantly long finish. Well done, Deanston!

  15. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet; Red fruits; Vanilla; Cherry; some nougat; Red wine flavors; some honey; some raspberry
    • Taste
      Sweet; Red fruits; Chocolate; Vanilla; Oak
    • Finish
      Sweet; getting drier; Oak; Red fruits; Pepper; medium length

  16. glenrob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Don Cassi scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    In the nose sweet and sour and fruity like grapes and cranberries ?, goes towards Ahoi Brause. Could be a bit fuller, slightly more restrained and darker than the standard 12 series.

    In the mouth there is initially a certain bitterness that seems a bit out of place, then a bit of fruitiness, but overall it is rather watery.

    A similar picture in the finish: dry, undifferentiated oak bitterness overlays the fine red fruit notes.
    Length: 5/10

    All in all, just too little of everything: too little intensity, too little fruit (too little time in the red wine barrel), too little age (there are much better 10-year-olds) and, in the end, too little character.

    With a little water it becomes much creamier and fruity, the oak notes combine better with the fruit notes, which has a more harmonious effect.

    Grade: 2

  20. z1reticuli scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    What a bang for your buck! Deanston waxiness is much cheaper than Clynelish waxiness, mind you. I suggest you go for Deanston.

  21. Rody024 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nice and lightly creamy expression of Deanston. Amazingly fruity dram and a real bargain for this price! Would be lovely to pair it with (strawberry) desserts or pour it as a digestive.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Full of red fruit aroma's: cherries, fig and jam of berries. Supplementend by tones of wood, caramel fudge and honey. Just a whiff of tabacco and nuts.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strawberry-vanilla milkshake vibes, raspberry, honey, biscuits and a touch of cocao.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Fresh red fruit.

  22. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. Highlander65 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very good. I was a little afraid of this finishing in ex Bordeaux barrels and instead I find it really successful: enjoyable and tasty without being taken for granted
    • Nose
      sweet, powdered sugar, very fruity (ripe pear, mandarin), but also creamy (creme brulé), vague hints of cognac, evidently derived from finishing in Bordeaux, strawberry wax, almond. I don't mind the influence of red wine at all
    • Taste
      initially spicy and not too sweet, followed by a lot of ripe fruit, mandarin, custard, ginger, almond milk, almond paste
    • Finish
      long, sweet, pastry, shortbread, mandarin

  24. Malty1797 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    young and strong with a very pleasant and enriching wine influence.
    Recommended!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. Doktor_Gonzo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. etwa77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I think i found my next palate-calibrating dram to follow after Ralfy’s excellent recommendation of Benromach 15.. a little stronger and more idiosyncratic than the Benromach, this Deanston still manages to remain somewhat humble, but still creating a lot of buzz and pushing all the right taste buttons..

    agreeing wholeheartedly with Larswehmeier‘s notes (not his grade, though) to which i would add a velvety-coffee note in the taste and the wine gets stronger in the end.

    very nice and for this price, a dream.

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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 ...

  30. besar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  31. SanderVis scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    Great value for money, pleasant dram when you're looking for a softer, more fruity whisky.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Fruity smell, delicate
    • Taste
      85 85
      Pleasantly balanced with fruity and earthy tones. Reminds me of Rosé, not so much of Bordeaux but that doesn't spoil the fun at all.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Not that long, soft and pleasant.

  32. 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.

  33. geriud scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  34. 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.

  35. mema82 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  36. 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.
      Fabulous!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Juicy, sweet red fruit, fatty vanilla, and then it develops in mouth watering sweet, oak soaked dark sugar and earth tones
      Awesome.
    • 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

  37. jazzvilly scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

  38. The Whisky Collector scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  39. Vis2020 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Compared to the 2008 fully matured Bordeaux deanston, this one is a bit flat. The red fruit of the wine is reflected here, but not as intense as the 2008 bottling.

  40. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  41. valasios scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  42. 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

  43. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  44. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    A pleasant and full nose. First with a heavy fruit note, here the grape pushes to the fore. Citrus, chocolate and oak flavor follow. Vanilla, caramel and roasted aromas are on top.

    Taste:
    The Deanston comes full-bodied with sweet fruit of grapes, honey and a little citrus. Chocolate and oak pull the malt into the spicy-dry (without becoming bitter) here you can feel the influence of the red wine barrel. •

    Outlet:
    A medium length finish with dark chocolate and oak flavor.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  45. diamond2000 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: open, wine, distinctly dark, slightly dried berries, currant leaf, sweet herbal medicine, oak bark, vanilla roll with topping, slightly mineral.

    Taste: sweet, berry jam, roasted sugar, pinching spices, pepper, ginger, dark raisins, minerality, chalk, oak tannin, cracked grape seed, bitter extra dark chocolate.

    Finish: raisins, sweet candied ginger, orange liquor, astringent oak, grape skin, minerality, medium length.

    Rating: 84

    Bottom line: a well-cut whisky came out at Dinston, distinctly berry, with a predominance of wood tannins and spices. Something reminiscent of Porto-finishes, lovers of wine supplements should like.

  46. SRB scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  47. Ocko_tom_Brook scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A strong and expressive whisky, which is worth buying again and again.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Intensive; mild pipe tobacco with notes of vanilla, apricot and raisin. The red wine cannot be denied, but is not dominant.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong and expressive in taste; Fruits and red wine only briefly attract all attention, oak quickly moves to the foreground, but remains pleasant overall.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Pepper and oak tones are accompanied by a slight bitterness - unfortunately a bit spicy. In the end, he can't quite keep the good impression.

  48. A861 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky. Color, nose, taste in harmony. Well balanced. Red wine note not too dominant.

  49. Toto0808 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  50. JFX scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Red grapes and cranberries. Who would have thought I'd find grapes here? Then something sweet arrives. I couldn't pinpoint it at first, got some caramel, maple syrup, nutmeg, dextrose and cocoa powder. Finally all of that kind of ends up combining into the smell of raw Christmas cookie dough. Mmmh, cookie dough...

      After a while I also find something that reminds me of lemon mentos.

      Listen kids: don't drink alcohol. Even if this sounds like your dream dinner.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very soft and sweet honey notes in the first second. Then it sneaks up on you, the alcohol comes through (btw: thanks for bottling at 46.3% you girls and guys at Deanston are amazing!) accompanied by some nutty flavours. Think chestnuts and walnuts.
      All of that with a great thick oily mouthfeel.

      Later on I also find some earthy notes. And blackberry syrup. A nice, sweet mud and blackberry shake (uh oh, the kids are coming back!).

      Oh and then there's chocolate pudding made with very dark chocolate. Thanks for dessert!
    • Finish
      87 87
      Rather short. Sadly. A bit bitter and oaky, but then some of the dark chocolate and nutmeg come back and stay until the end.

  51. Bartels scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Great whisky. Red wine, fresh fruit and a sweet nose. In the mouth, especially creamy and sweet notes appear. Slight nuttiness.
    In the finish mainly nuts and a slight bitterness, tannins and a hint of citrus.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      79 79

  52. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 03-19-2020 at a hiking tour in the woods.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  53. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    beautiful whisky with a surprising oak rustic touch that you have to like. One of the more characterful young wine finishes, definitely successful.
    • Nose
      strong, spicy, wine, sweetness and a rather violent rustic oak note, which I would not have believed the whisky.
    • Taste
      nice start, just right, lots of oak, spice, wine, pepper, intensely chewing
    • Finish
      rustic oak, pepper, some menthil, slightly astringent, in the background comes a nice sweetness from the wine, which complements the tart oak.

  54. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  55. Arnewinke scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Delicious, experiment from deaston. Comes close to a sherry barrel finish. I find this a bit sweeter.

  56. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  57. Numwierum scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Pleasantly sweet, a nice red wine note, red grapes. A little dry in the mouth with hints of spicy oak. This malt is dangerously tasty!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  58. 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.

  59. A861 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice wine finish immediately recognizable on the nose and on the palate, sweet, tasty, rather light.

  60. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Bramble, caramel, citrus and hazelnut.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Blueberry, wild cherry, caramel and citrus.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Blueberry, tangerine, caramel and hazelnut.

  61. GIORGOS scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  62. sakis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  63. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

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