Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
First-Fill Bourbon
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 Mar 2019 6:30 pm by thijs100

Average value

€ 84.31

24 × in wishlist

84 × member ratings

49 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Deanston 18-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.04 points

  1. 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.

  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. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. 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.

  5. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. rolabob scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  9. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Lenart scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior


    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
    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

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

    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


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