Deanston 2009 ANHA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Anam na h-Alba (ANHA)
Stated Age
10 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
56.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 sep 2019 11:32 am by Blackvalfaris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky reviews for Deanston 2009 ANHA

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.88 points.

  1. Lorzinator scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose shows a slight note of glue paired with vanilla, then bright fruits: lemon, green apple. Later, a trace of anise is added.
    • Taste
      86 86
      In the mouth: directly a strong honey sweetness, but hardly any fruits, a slight chili sharpness, salty caramel, some ginger, oak spice
    • Finish
      86 86
      Finish: medium in length, leaving the oak and Chilicatch and the persistent salinity

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  3. Drum scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is not a whisky for easy enjoyment in my opinion. I find it strong and it can be tamed a bit with water, but be careful: I don't think it takes a lot of water, the first few drops were too few, the next too many and it was watered down... and it still burned. With the right ratio, it then revealed its beautiful aromas
    • Nose
      A beautiful - slightly pungent fresh floral cloud comes towards me from the snifter. A tart sweetness with pear and citrus. With a little water I have jasmine(tea), flowers, berries and malt.
    • Taste
      Pepper and a strong start. Sparkling wine notes mingle with honey and waxy notes. It's too spicy for me, so I add some water: Still a strong attack, the floral notes stand out a bit. Large flowers and a bouquet of cut flowers, with vanilla and malty notes.
    • Finish
      Oily and vanilla with malty menthol flavors. Lots of flowers again and it gets oilier and what remains is an afterburn in the mouth.

  4. aspa scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It flows strongly from the glass, fruity and sweet with powdered sugar and fruit salad, but also with a little fruit acid. Immediately afterwards there are more spicy aromas and the smell has a lot of power, because the alcohol pushes something on. Not annoying, but strong and not perfectly integrated. Strong vanilla and light oak. Wood, some sawdust and then back to the fruit salad with vanilla sugar, but also fruit acids such as kiwi, apple or grapefruit? A certain sharpness remains with it, here it fluctuates between the beautiful power of the aromas and a little pepper that tickles the nose.

    Significantly softer, now with very well integrated alcohol. Still very powerful and with rich aromas, but soft and smooth in taste. Clearly tart and spicy with a lot of oak and malt, with vanilla but the spice dominates. The fruits have almost disappeared. Heather, and just a lot of wood and oak. Reminds me of certain Inchgower from the bourbon barrel. Interesting to drink but very difficult to describe, I am a little lacking the words for the nuances of these spicy, tart and woody aromas. I don't know what kind of aromas you can use to describe here, but I really like to drink them all :-)
    With a little time, something sweet comes back to it, forest honey mixed with heather.

    It continues with tart aromas and lots of oak. Slight bitterness. Again a bit hotter, black pepper and slightly mineral and salty. Heather, more oak and a long-lasting warmth on the palate and on the middle of the tongue.

    A delicious dram that I am a little lacking in words to describe. Nice spicy and bitter aromas to enjoy. An older, relatively heavily bottled paint from a bourbon barrel reminds me most of Inchgower.

    N-89, T-88, F-87 for tasty 88 points
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. AnnEm scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Young and probably what is called “spirit driven”, but with a harmonious composition of aromas. Patience is a must for me here. With a lot of time, this colleague, who at first glance seems a bit lively, calms down very nicely and then reveals a grainy, full-bodied, spicy and even slightly waxy profile typical for Deanston. In addition, there is a bitter, green fruitiness that interacts beautifully with a pleasant sweetness. Then there is the subtle mustiness - everything to my taste.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Immediately after pouring, I primarily encounter an alcoholic sting that is too demanding for me. I can approach him better after letting him rest in the glass overnight. Now green-fruity notes, barrel spice and a certain waxiness come to the fore. The fire brings with it a rather “meaty, weighty body. In addition, the malt is nice and grainy, which goes in the direction of muesli with a high proportion of oat flakes. Because I know that I have Deanston in my glass, I also perceive hay; this is very slightly musty. There is also a sweet component, which for me goes in the direction of fine sugar flavored with mandarin zest. So also a touch of citrus.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Really biting alcohol makes for a slightly heated start. It stays that way even with longer service life. Behind it, however, there is a nicely harmonizing aroma: again tasty green-fruity and vanilla notes, paired with well-fitting, minimally musty wood.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The aforementioned aroma impressions continue here. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, a beautiful grainy and tart green-fruity impression with subtle wood that is reminiscent of European oak.


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