Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
16 years old
Organic Oloroso Cask Finish
Number of bottles
50.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Aug 2019 3:29 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 113.65

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58 × member ratings

108 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Deanston 2002

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.20 points

  1. erwinnlim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The Oloroso casks have just given this a touch more richness and red fruits but is in no way overpowering the classic Deanston character. Value (£90) : 6/10
    • Nose
      Lovely sweet red fruits covered in honey upfront. Strawberries, dried plums and cherries. Red liquorice and boiled sweets. Dry oloroso nuttiness. Musty grapes. Bitter dark chocolate. Cinnamon and nutmeg along with drying tannins from the oak. Toffee sweetness. A touch of ginger heat alongside light alcohol. Still retains plenty of the Deanston character of barley water and oaky vanillins.
    • Taste
      Quite viscous on the palate. It still retains the toffee and honeyed sweetness and red fruits that were initially found on the nose but with an added bitter component. Almost like espresso beans. Ginger biscuits and caramel. A burst of strawberry jam. Light raisin notes as well. Some leather and green tobacco. A touch of cooling mint alongside some cracked black pepper warmth.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, some notes of red fruit continue but are quickly overwhelmed bitter chocolate and orange peels in the finish. It continues to dry the mouth and brings in more oak influence than the initial palate. Then the Christmas cake spices return at the end.

  2. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    For a Deanston, this is pretty good. Some very attractive nose and palate notes. On the nose is quince and jolly rancher strawberry, along with caramel, cinnamon, and stroop waffle. The mouth turns viscous with a jealous salivation, then comes yellow raisin, dates, dark chocolate, and angel food cake.

    As thy palate shifts and turns, licking like a restless worm, thy mouth doth seek only to find the fruit has gone and changed to rind . . . but in a good way if that makes sense. A minty sour note contrasts with what was formerly sickly sweet very nicely, along with leathery tie straps that keep the shoes on your feet. Untie the leather, and you will find dirty sweat socks, dank wood, and rotten fruit notes that many Deanstons tend to have, at least the ones aged in sweet fortified grape wood casks. So it is with this whisky's rather long finish.

    Just to give you a perspective, here are a few of my favorite distilleries: Springbank, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich, Lagavulin, and individual cask highlands, islands, and speysides. I just loved a single cask Oloroso 18 year Glendronach 2012, and then I became more and more disappointed with Glendronach's single cask releases.

    Anyway, this Deanston is up there with the single cask SV 2008 10 Deanston. I bought three of those and I only kept one. I gave two away to friends for what I paid. One of those friends detests peat. He liked the Deanston just fine. I think some people will mistake the rotten fruit notes in the late developing mouth of this 2002 Deanston whisky for sulfur. They did that in the 2008 SV when there was no sulfur to speak of. I hate sulfur, generally, as a rule.

    If you already tend to like Deanston, then you will probably really enjoy this one a lot, especially considering it's not a single cask release. For a small batch, it's way above average for Deanston. In fact, it makes me feel like the master distiller there is getting his or her act together and my hat's off for that. The cask wood is improving and so is the wash.

    This 2002 whisky has something going for it that is rare: I call it the "changeling" quality. It changes on the palate considerably and unpredictably but pleasingly. You start out feeling as though you are a sweet (human) baby, innocent round the chops, only to end up smacking the leathery lips of a charmed (yet vaguely rotten) elvin child, ha. Then again the metaphor breaks down due to the fact that you are not, in fact, the whisky you are tasting, ha. Anyway, suffice it to say this whisky has a magical quality to it. Yes, the fruit turns rotten, sort of like the Goblin Market of Rossetti.

    Dear, you should not stay so late,
    Twilight is not good for maidens;
    Should not loiter in the glen
    In the haunts of goblin men.
    Wear your masks, they called,
    Stay isolated or you will fall.
    And if your store or market's gone,
    All the better for Amazon.
    Fear the corvid, fear the crow,
    Don our crown where daisies grow.

    Another bottle that I really liked and which was even better than this one was Ledaig's 12 YO Future of Whisky TWE release. That was just stellar, IMO, if that helps to give a sense of my sense of things (and inborn handicaps due to personal preference). Ledaig can also have that less than ideal musty wood thing happening. But in the case of the TWE single cask sweet wood (sherry?) bottling, it was just about perfect.

  3. FlamingSpeedy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    On the second day much tastier. Caramel and toffee notes. A little spicy.

  4. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Dry fig, some fresh citrus, caramel
    • Taste
      87 87
      Dry fruits, creamy
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Alexkolpa scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Nutty, honey

  6. yggr scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Vallado scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    blindly Asting
    • Nose
      Leathery, oriental spices, maggi / broth, popcorn sweetness (?), Bittersweet, a hint of dried fruit
    • Taste
      minimally soapy, liquorice, light chilli note, nice mouthfeel !, orange with a little peel - fruity / sour / bitter, mocha, spice mix
    • Finish
      Medium-length, astringent, woody-spicy, slightly earthy, nutty

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Displays a lovely savory-nutty-dry Oloroso influence that reverberates throughout the whole tasting experience without sidelining the distillate. Very poised and balanced. Not one for first-fill fetishists.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Malty-sweet with plenty of umami notes and a herbal salinity. Lovage, hazelnut cream, soy sauce, dark honey.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Salty caramel, red liquorice, assorted nuts, a handful of wild berries and a peppery bite.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Nutty, savory, salty, delicious.

  9. wurfhamster scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89


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