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Overall rating
88.96/100
votes
27
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
13.08.2008
Bottled
12.02.2019
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
900073
Number of bottles
599
Strength
67.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
08 May 2019 12:37 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 86,71

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston 2008 SV

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.96 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    After recently visiting Deanston and having been really pleased with what I tasted lately I was tempted by this.
    Being a sucker to try anything extreme the ABV of 67,6%, as far as I can find the highest ever in the Signatory CS series, I was convinced I had to have a bottle.
    Holding this level of ABV after 11years and with an almost mahogany color it must have been a unique cask.
    I am sure many will think I over rate this bottle purely on account of the extreme. Rest assured I rate it by how much I enjoy it, and that's what we're supposed to do.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Pretty straight forward sherry cask nose.
      Fair amount of wood, but a very gentle and pleasant kind, not that usual fresh raw sherry monster wood, it's more refind, rather posh.
      Raisins, chocolate and caramel.
      Strawberry flavoured bubble gum?
      The high alc strength is not disturbing, but I feel it might be masking any finer nuances.
      Then again, it's only 11 years old and have hardly been breathing, there might not be much more.
      I added quite a bit of water but it doesn't seem to be changing much at first. It needs time as the alc is slowly receiding from the glas.
      I might still be dazzled by the neat approach, but I'm getting cream brulee with strawberries and a mint leaf on top.
      The nose is about the only part I find more enjoyable with water.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Feels like diving in at the cask strenght deep end before a first neat sip.
      It's spicy alright, but manageable if you're prepaired for it.
      Almost oily arrival, but as it's rolled around and the spice is building up it gets more and more dry.
      Yet fabulously tasty, actually damn good.
      Sweet, dark chocolate, moist fruitcake, cinnamon and ginger. This is a spice and flavour party.
      One advice; you can safely wait a while before inhaling, and then slowly.
      Water brings everything down to a more pallateble level.
      Still very tasty, but I feel that the "action and excitement" somehow diminishes.
      The spice is watered out, the close to extreme warmth is cooled down, the change from oily to mouth puckering dry is gone.
      I don't feel that water adds anything apart from being more "accessible" bringing it down to an average good sherry whisky.
      I think this is something I will enjoy neat, one dram at a time when I need a jump start.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Neat the warmth can compete in lenght with sucking on a freshly lit Zippo pocket warmer. The taste is also sticking around for an extended amount of time, and as the alc evaporates from the inside of your cheeks a lot of the sweet flavours reemerges.
      With water it still has a long and very tasty finish.
      If this had been watered down to 46-50% before bottling I would still have been very pleased.
      But having tried it at full trottle I know I would miss the crazy tail wagging of this top fuel dragster making a burn out in my mouth.
      If you can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen ;-)

  2. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A desert dram but not as complex as I'd hoped for, even though I admit that I'm biased somewhat. Deanston is not one of my "go to" distilleries. I've even visited and wasn't impressed with the samples offered. The staff were terrific, however. This young whisky is pretty good for ten years of age, but it's not a "peater" and so youth is not so becoming. Hence my score. In this style, I like my casks at least half again older. Deanston is on its way to offer membership in a "union" (which will be like Springbank's Society and Ardbeg's Committee). This will allow people to get first dibs on bottles like this one. I think that I will save my money, but some could be interested. If the Distillery starts releasing "union" single casks over eighteen years of age, then I might start paying attention. As for the ten year offering under discussion here, it's a velvet hammer coated in sweets. Not bad if that's the sort of spirit-driven thing you're into. Bang away. . . .

  3. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A score is just a score, so to find out how good it really is I lined it up with three of its like-minded cousins which I regard very highly: A Glenburgie 2007 at 65% (94652), a Glenrothes 2007 at 66.6 (46802) and a Tamdhu 2006 at 64.3% (72070). It's definitely in the same style and league as the Glenburgie. The Glenrothes is a great powerful bomb but more one-dimensional in comparison. It definitely beats the Tamdhu, which seems a bit artificial next to it. So all in all 88 seems appropriate.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Hazelnut paste, caramel and cranberry. Rather restrained, I don't understand the 90+ scores initially. It needs water for the nose to unravel. The sherry blanket completely moves aside for peach, apple and even banana.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Now I understand. This is very fudgy and nutty. Praliné even. But also fruity: Fresh fig, and berries obviously. A tad of spice like nutmeg too, but not in the sulphuric kind of way that some Deanstons have.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Caramel, fresh fig, goji berry, brownies and nutmeg.

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. dramidaris scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

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