Deanston 1996 HMcD

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The House of MacDuff (HMcD)
Bottling serie
The Golden Cask - Reserve
Stated Age
22 years old
CM 250
Number of bottles
55.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 sep 2019 3:18 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 279.74

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Whisky reviews for Deanston 1996 HMcD

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.17 points.

  1. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Has gotten nice wood, but rocks above all with great fruit and honey aromas. Typically grassy (better than grisly) and the best Deanston I've had in the glass so far.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Seductive notes of honey, pineapple chewy.
      Spicy mud flats with blooming sea lavender.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Honey notes are complemented by pleasant grassy notes, which then move towards IPA hops. Tasty and balanced, the alcohol is hardly noticeable.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Doesn't become bitter in the aftertaste, but remains sweet and tart for a long time with gentle notes of grapefruit.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    A few years ago House of Macduff, Scottish indie, bottled this 22 years old Deanston in their well-known series The Gold Cask, which is reserved for single cask releases at cask strength.

    Well, that nose is something else. Not very fruity – and the fruit that I do get has started to rot, which is not an off-note – but mostly notes of pastry and sweet malt. Reminds me a bit of the mash of a blond beer. Soft peppers. Garden herbs. Quite intense. After a few minutes some more fruit does start to emerge in the guise of brown banana and overripe peach.

    While quite intense on the palate as well, the alcohol is well integrated. I do not feel the urge to add water. It’s a lot more fruity on the palate than the nose announced. A truckload of pineapple and peach, followed by mango and dragon’s fruit. Yes, this is quickly turning tropical. I feel like I’m on Jamaica. Deanston? You mean Kingston, right? Feisty as well.

    On the finish, the tropical fruit lingers, while the spices keep your mouth warm.

    Not an easy whisky, to be honest. It was work. But rewarding indeed. Thanks, Gunther!

  3. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Definitely not a simple or easy whisky for beginners, but quite the opposite for advanced whisky.
    It is not fruity and soft, but individually strong, full-bodied and intense.
    Lots of ale, brewery flavors, pale ale, malt, grains, grasses, spices and herbs,
    slight peppery notes, oak wood spice influence is present, but not unpleasantly pungent.
    Alcohol may be strong, but very nicely balanced and complexly balanced.
    Definitely something different and outside of the normal Bourbon Cask profile.

  4. robse211 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. rampah scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The spirit character shines through in this one.

    So if you are a fan of Deanston bottlings, where the cask doesn't dominate but only compliments the spirit, you should check this one out.

  6. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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


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