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Deanston 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.22/100
votes
162
Whiskybase ID
WB128399
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
30.11.2018
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
First-Fill Bourbon
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
1911694 L5 xx:xx 18334
Barcode
5029704218073
Added on
26 mar 2019 6:30 pm by thijs100
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 88.77

47 × in wishlist

162 × member ratings

459 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Deanston 18-year-old

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.22 points

  1. Official tasting note

    COLOUR: Caramel gold

    NOSE: Aromatic, floral, grassy & malty, balanced with notes of American oak, honey, tobacco & nutmeg

    PALATE: Sweetness of gingerbread, vanilla & barley sugar, with spicy white pepper, manuka honey & citrus

    FINISH: Dry spice & honeyed ginger warmth

  2. karloff scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    This is another great whisky from Deanston and again reasonably priced. This will stick in my mind for some time because when I got back home from having my dog put down I opened this and drank half of it. It helped with the grief and the sleep, plus it tasted damn good. Not a bad send off for the big lad. X
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lovely nice fresh oak ,banana, white sugar, Dolly mixture sweets.
      This really is a treat to the senses.
      After nosing powerful peat all day this would be a spar treatment for the nose. Honey Dew Mellon, laminated flooring and a new book.
    • Taste
      90 90
      It says a few things on the label, some i disagree with and some i don't like barley sugar, spiced ginger bread and white pepper.
      Again the 46.3% is spot on and no water needed.
      Fresh and spicy on the palate, a real summer treat even when it is cold outside and pissing down. Just close your eyes, dream and sip.
      Things keep coming like liquorice root, citrus, white chocolate and a herb like oregano.
    • Finish
      89 89
      From start to finish this is fresh and spicy. A bit dry at the death but that is okay because the flavours are still there and stick around until it almost turns into butterscotch.

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Deanston is one of those distilleries that grabbed itself by the boot straps at the exactly right moment, and did almost everything right.
    And to top it off they don't make too much fuzz of it.
    The 12YO is good, the 15 even better, so I was really looking forward to this 18YO sample from karloff.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Delicate, unusual, interesting.
      Sweet, toasted wood vanilla.
      Strawberries with custard.
      Juicy melon with a twist of lemon and a pinch of spice.
      And karloff is spot on with the floor laminate. That's the unusual thing that struck me right away.
      For anyone that have done home improvement it is a familiar and very pleasing smell.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Mouthfeel is light, but with a very firm texture.
      Citric fresh with a good dollop of spice. Not in any way overwhelming, just enough to excite.
      Orange chocolate. Lightly salt licorice.
      A sort of controlled transition from a fresh arrival to something bolder at the swallow.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Fairly long, and just slowly fading.
      Again calm and very controlled. This whisky had it's course set from the moment it was poured, it knew where it was heading. I just leaned back and enjoyed the scenery.

  4. rich_93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    One of my best ever whisky experiences was with the Deanston 18. I was travelling in Scotland, staying by Loch Morar, Scotland’s deepest lake. I had two bottles of whisky with me for the trip - a small bottle of Clynelish 14, and an even smaller 5cl sample from my first ever bottle of Deanston 18.

    I was sitting in a warm room, looking out onto the lake being battered by a deluge of rain coming in from the Atlantic. It felt like an appropriate moment to pour a dram of the Deanston. Mind blown. Something about the singular, honest character of that whisky, at that place and that time just resonated with me. It has never tasted as good since, but I’m happy to get close.

    The headline is: if you enjoy a classic malty highland whisky, the Deanston 18 is amazing value at below 60 GBP. Buy some, and then buy some more.

    Tasting notes:

    This one shows it’s age in the initial woodiness - if you don’t let it breathe for at least 20 minutes, you’ll have a bad time. While the 18 retains Deanston’s malty character, it is a completely different beast from the 12. The 12 is open, a bit spiky, with a variety of easily identifiable notes flying about. In the 18 everything has melded into a dense, cohesive whole. Many may prefer the 12, but the 18 going for a completely different experience worth seeking out for its own sake.

    A very candied nose. Caramel, gingerbread, dry earthy wood (with slight tinges of green, reminding me of bark and moss - dry forest notes). Rich, spiced honey, pretty hints of floral rosewater, honeyed oat biscuits. All of these delicious notes balance the earthy wood in a brilliant way, keeping the overall experience light and enjoyable. Some dry ginger and soft citrus (orange and lemon peels).

    In the mouth, the Deanston is lighter than expected from the notes, light to medium bodied. Incredibly malty in the arrival, it’s like drinking oat biscuits, so good! A surge of honeyed fruit is followed by a balanced build-up of spice. Finish, is mostly woody notes.

  5. Astrid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A solid standard that is a bit too lame in places to trigger a buying stimulus. For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/03/19/18-jaehrige-standards-aus-der-zweiter-reihe/
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. cloudyweedram scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Cream soda coupled with fruit gum!
    • Nose
      84 84
      Mostly tangerine and yuzu. Then lot of bergamot, and cream soda! A little bit fish brine kept floating in the back. Nuttiness appeared in time.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Soft, and mostly fruit gum. A little bit too thin. I liked the first sip, and enjoyed the second one, but felt a little bored by the third.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Hard candy, lingering citrus fruits, and American ginseng tea.

  7. chrisyeo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Distell Tasting organized by WhiskyBull 21 Aug 2021

    Nose - Dark fruits with malty sweetness
    Taste - first warmness , followed with a splash of sweetness , warmness grows and finishes with some astringent , in between sips there's a moment of oiliness
    Finish - short, lingering sweetness, very mild bitterness ending the finish
    • Nose
      Dark fruits with malty sweetness
    • Taste
      first warmness , followed with a splash of sweetness , warmness grows and finishes with some astringent , in between sips there's a moment of oiliness
    • Finish
      short, lingering sweetness, very mild bitterness ending the finish

  8. fnk scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Before that I tried only 12 and Virgin Oak, the latter by the way is very cool. Here, 18 years old! The aroma is very good, classic bourbon extract, the aroma goes in the fruity-herbal direction. As for me, the reference fragrance for this type of exposure. The taste is good, light, field herbs and wax, very drinkable, light bitterness.
    In conclusion, we have a beautiful classic malt, which lacks nothing, with a good degree and endurance. I'm more of a fan of double helmets and endurance, but if you take a purely ex-bourbon helmets, then everything went well.

  9. SimpletonOfDufftown scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Best nose of the core range, in my opinion. Falls a bit short on the palate and finish, but overall really good. Rather spend my money on a virgin oak or 15 organic, though.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Eucalyptus, vanilla, banana, toast. Also getting some dried fig, even though this is exB only. Minerality. Tutti frutti fruitiness beneath the surface.
    • Taste
      83 83
      In the mouth it turns to the undefinable mush more commonly known as balance. Put differently, the elements that were easy to pick out on the nose are more difficult to rediscover on the palate. Slight let-down. Medium mouthfeel.

      But still, toasty vanilla, some citrus and maltiness are present.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Slightly sweet, medium-low vanilla length. No lasting fruitiness that I can detect.

  10. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  11. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      ripe red apples, lots of fruit, tutti frutti (those little gellies in small cardboxes), sweet and round with a little fizz, love it. some fresh white bread with grapes on it.
    • Taste
      91 91
      deep and rich, i think my favorite deanston until now, reminds me of arran 14 with the maritime notes, fresh car smell, lychees, really nice
    • Finish
      88 88
      middle long with some ginger and fresh oaky notes.

  12. rolabob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  13. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. Lenart scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    BLIND PROVEN

    Brief : Firm and rich, but not with a variety of flavours, but in development

    very fragrant, fresh and aromatic, yet keeps a very understandable profile
    Aroma:
    Apple juice without sugar - base
    Cinnamon, basilico, a drop of lemon juice, lily, almost unnoticable cloudy backstage, after a taste peach comes in, mint candies

    Taste:
    Arrival : fresh and clean
    lemonade with apples in it, no sugar added

    Development:
    1st stage : moderate spices come up, cinnamon, peach, apple and lemon sour juice is crawling in
    2nd stage : ends with an apple-juice puree and a speaking sour note

  15. eselsim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Old Cheese, parmesan or grana padano, malt extract, vibrant, woody, cut grass, raspberries, honey oatmeal
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. Francishomola scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      elegant, muted, grassy, honey,
    • Taste
      87 87
      white pepper. grassy, soft pepper again, vanilla.
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium finish, buttery, oak,

  17. MLE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  18. g00se did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Good Deanston.
    I like bottlings of the old design better. The alcohol is better integrated there.
    Aromatically very malty and honey-sweet.

  19. Larry411 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Full and vibrant. Bourbon fans rejoice, this is the malt for you! Peanuts, nut oils, vanilla, caramel, some mild smoked chilli peppers, lemon skins, spritz of oranges, white pepper, and a hint of green apples. Typically, for these basic flavours I'd only score up to an 86 if done well, but this one's so vibrant and flavourful, it gets a +1. Well done, Deanston!

  20. Will_iam scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  22. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  23. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet fresh oak, bread, and honey
    • Taste
      Spice sweet bread, and vegetable
    • Finish
      Medium, spicy, oak, vegetable

  24. YD84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  25. man2392 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This was tasted as part of the Master of Malt Instagram tasting. I found this more citrussy than the 2018 batch which I preferred. Still remains excellent value though.

  26. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  27. Simo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  28. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Good, decent whisky from Deanston, yet not very exciting or adventurous. Fairly priced for its age though.
    • Nose
      Very fresh... minty-fresh almost at first, with a hint of milk chocolate. There's room for some orchard fruits as well (ripe apples, mainly), with a touch of dried grass and straw. Vanilla and ripe banana too. Finally, a whiff of sweet tobacco.
    • Taste
      Some soft tannins go hand in hand with lemon zest and oranges, and there's a hint of fresh ginger as well. Nice creaminess, by the way.
    • Finish
      Subtle spices (cloves). Medium in length.

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