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Overall rating
87.07/100
votes
57
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2006
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Fino Finish
Number of bottles
1608
Strength
55.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
1925080 L5 xx:xx 19044
Added on
23 Jul 2019 12:21 pm by Bosi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 91.98

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston 2006

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.07 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. erwinnlim scored this whisky 87 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.
    • Nose
      A bright, dry start to the nose. Some sour grape must, Morello cherries, fresh pineapples and lemon peel. Big on the nuttiness here, crushed hazelnuts and almonds. 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. Rather drying in a good way. A touch of water turns down the pepper heat and brings out more sweetness.
    • Finish
      Medium in length and quite drying with a 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.

  3. yggr scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

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

  4. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Grape must, marzipan and grape jam, caramel, wild grape flowers. Small hint of oak. Some oolong tea. Opens up to figs, dark chocolate, tobacco with water.
    • Taste
      85 85
      walnuts, almonds and maraschino cherries. Cocoa and old leather arm chair. Tobacco and tea, nuts and vanilla with water.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Cocoa and leather, old cigar box, finish. Long and fading. Drying after water added

  5. robain scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
      Green fruits, fresh.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Vanilla, oaky sweetness, dry
    • Finish
      87 87
      Vanilla and oaky

  6. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  7. Dionysus scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    My rating might look very low, but this is all personal taste. I just seem not to like Fino cask.
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      76 76

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet, fresh, grainy, cereals, floral notes, dried fruits (oranges, apricots)
    • Taste
      Sweet, spicy (pepper), milk chocolate, raisins, fruity (oranges), honey
    • Finish
      Medium long, sultanas, spicy, cherries, caramel

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