Deanston 2006

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Fino Cask Finish
Stated Age
12 years old
Fino Finish
Number of bottles
55.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
1925080 L5 xx:xx 19044
Added on
23 Jul 2019 12:21 pm by Bosi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 78.77

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston 2006

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.81 points

  1. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful fino-rich nose, with plenty of nutty sherry mingling alongside the more cereal-based notes from the Deanston spirit. This really isn’t too far from the awesome fino cask Arran release (distillery only bottling) from a couple of years ago. Water brought out even more of the rich fino notes. Great stuff and the kind of nose you could comfortably spend all evening with without getting bored. Remarkably similar profile on the palate, with sweet, fruity notes alongside nutty and creamy honey. A hint of peppery heat builds on the tongue, leading to a long and lingering nutty finish. This is simply a great example of fino cask maturation and is a great match for the Deanston spirit. At the price (£65), this represents one of the best value:quality bottles I’ve bought in a long while. Well done Deanston!

  2. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 82 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    Fino is not among my favorite sherries, so take this review with a grain of salt. Cucumber upfront, this malt has seen a Fino cask indeed! Baked apple, tangerines and some acidity creep in, followed by fresh dill. On the palate, dry and bitter flavors subdue sweet hints of honey and toffee. Sour grapes, pepper and the 'signature cucumber' fade in the long and astringent finish. And it sticks to your palate for hours. Not sure if that's a good thing, but I can understand that this malt appeals to some people.

    RATING: 3.4/5.0 stars ≙ 82 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [-]

  3. SAND scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Lots of nuts, barley juice, a touch of browned butter. Clear Sherry influence but more Amontillado than Fino like. (88-89p) With some drops of water toffee notes are promoted. (89p)
    TASTE: Fairly dry and nutty arrival. On the mid palate quite some fruitiness as well as juicy acidity. In a fascinating interplay the acidity and lightly peppered tannins keep the honey and toffee from ever making the taste turn sweet. (88p) Some drops of water really open it up; making the nutty sherry notes richer and more prominent. It also increases the sweetness, lifting up the honey and toffee, subduing some of the acidity and tannins. (89p)
    FINISH: The acidity carries over into the finish and aftertaste, where it intertwines with some white & black pepper tannins. Fairly long aftertaste. (87-88p) With some drops of water the finish becomes sweeter and better balanced (88p).
    OVERALL: Impressive maturity and complexity for a 12 year old whisky! Total score 89 (88) points.

  4. erwinnlim scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The classic Deanston DNA is not lost here with the Fino finish. Think the 12 year old but with added punch of ABV along with a dry, nutty, musty Fino sherry touch. Value (£64) : 6/10
    • Nose
      A bright, dry start to the nose. Some sour grape must, Morello cherries, fresh pineapples and orange peel. Big on the nuttiness here, crushed hazelnuts and almonds. Rather yeasty similar to a dry white wine. A slight green malt and vegetal herbal note follows. Oak spices leave a ginger prickle and some cinnamon. The signature honey and pear notes comes through very well though, the sherry influence is in no way overpowering the character of the malt.
    • Taste
      Thick and mouth coating. Sweet, sour and bitter on the palate. Some light honey and vanilla along with more sour grapes. That classic Deanston maltiness with some barley water. Darker sultana notes as well along with a touch of bitter lemon pith. More nuttiness on the palate as well, more roasted almonds now. Warm black pepper spice coat the tongue. A touch of water turns down the pepper heat and brings out more sweetness.
    • Finish
      Medium in length and drying with rather heavy tannic quality. Malt and more cracked black pepper spice continues with again more light sherry and nutty influence at the end with some bittersweet dark chocolate.

  5. karloff scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger. Like him I also love Deanston and if I played about with a full bottle I may have scored it higher.
    • Nose
      84 84
      It's funny, I'm having the same trouble with this as I did with the Glenfarclas 93 but not as bad.
      This is more cooked fruits and simmering.
      Tickling the nostrils but more playfully.
      With water it opens it up and more floral and confectionery.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Quite strong and astringent the way it is and slightly bitter.
      Still it is palatable with a bit of patience and letting it calm the fuck down.
      With water it is a different animal but still an animal, more of a lynx than a lion.
      It brings the sherry notes home in a more relaxed fashion.
    • Finish
      85 85
      After the calm it is a long finish with those nice subtle sherry notes sticking around.
      With water it is still long but a lot more creamier.

  6. Feorag86 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Savory, cucumber and Dill

    Taste: Green grapes, passion fruit and lemon Juice

    Finish: Sandalwood, bay leaf and brussel sprouts

  7. Svarttt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    And another young Deanston with a great finish.
    When you hear about a sherry finish today, you think of a few months in a wet sherry vinegar barrel to bring out the darkest possible broth that should make you forget what you are actually drinking.
    It's different here.
    The Fino harmonizes perfectly with the mind, it looks much older than the 12 years. You can spend a long time looking at the wonderful nose.
    I like it clean best, in terms of taste I like a reduction to about 48%
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Before the rebranding and with only the old 10YO to judge by, Deanston used to be something I just knew existed but didn't really excite me.
    After visiting and trying their new core bottlings it has quickly climbed into one of my favourites, and I pick up whatever is within "affordable".
    This is a bit different, but it's OK, and a good value dram if you can get it at RRP.

    This is my third go at the bottle, and I have to say that even if the 55% is not really that noticeable it works best with a dash of water.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Dry and nutty.
      Sour wine, bitter, yet with some sweet fruit.
      No noticeable spice on the nose, it is actually quite floral.
      Water makes it a lot more nuanced and interesting.
      The sour and bitter as well as the dry feeling is almost gone. Still a bit nutty, a bit floral and a lot sweeter.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Arrives with an oily texture and the spice is immediately more noticeable here than on the nose.
      Again dry and nutty with some sweet chocolate and forest berries.
      Neat the spice reaches the borderline acceptable level.
      Water rounds off the peak of spice, and it really takes water well. It's not as dry and in my opinion more accessible.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, and quite dry and spicy.
      It is one of very few whiskies where I can say that water extends and refines the finish.

  9. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    I've never really been disappointed with the way Deanston use their casks. They manage to keep their usual profile with a twist, and this Fino finish isn't different.

    Nose : spices and grapes, butterscotch and floral (violets come to my mind) in the background. Rather powerful and dry.

    Still very spicy and dry in mouth, you'll find the same floral tones with more nutty notes and less fruits. Medium-to-long finish.

    A bit too spicy for my taste, I'd have liked a better balance with sweetness but it's really nice. Very linear between nose, mouth and finish which is good too. 7/10

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is pretty much "best practice" when it comes to cask finishes. The two years in ex-fino casks make this seem mature beyond its stated age. The dry, herbaceous notes of the fino sherry complement the sweet and heavy Deanston character beautifully. Keeps shifting and evolving with time and/or water. Really good stuff.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A somewhat idiosyncratic, but highly original and coherent nose. Vegetal, herbal, creamy, spicy-dry, with an intriguing salinity. Potato crisps, parsley, bell pepper, and sour cream. Underneath there's the typical charcoal and machine oil of the Deanston spirit along with its signature sweetness. Way deeper and more complex than its twelve years would have you believe. There is a slight alcohol bite on the nose, especially if left undiluted, but that's pretty much the only criticism I can muster.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Thick, luscious mouthfeel. Fresh and juicy before turning nutty and spicy. Performs more like a 15-16-year-old whisky than a 12 y.o., with lots of depth and substance. Hits all the notes: Sweet, sour, spicy.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Zesty, spicy, with a pinch of pepper and a splash of lime juice.


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