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Deanston 2008 SV

Overall rating
87.44/100
votes
70
Whiskybase ID
WB147995
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
13.08.2008
Bottled
10.12.2019
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
900070
Number of bottles
610
Strength
66.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5021944106134
Added on
31 Jan 2020 9:25 am by Kovalyoff
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 129.50

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston 2008 SV

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.44 points

  1. MaltMartyr scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a rather high octane close to hazmat whisky that beckons for water. Water significantly opens up the taste to tame the ethanolic oil that can distract from some of the more delightful flavors. An oily leather sherry citrusy dram.
    • Nose
      87 87
      cream of barley, apple cider folding into cinnamon sherry Christmas cake, lemony citrus, ethanolic, chewable children's multivitamin, slight mucilage (at times),
    • Taste
      88 88
      oily, lemony, honey, pepper with ethanol. Water opens up the sherry, leather, peach, honey, chewable vitamin-like, and cinnamon notes, pine sap, Juicy Fruit gum, lemon juice concentrate,
    • Finish
      89 89
      cinnamon leathery peppery honey lemon rind like. The flavors envelop your inner cheeks, but with a squeeze you can draw out more of the earlier flavors, which is an enjoyable aspect.

  2. thatfamousgrouse scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    In a nutshell (SMWS-style name): "Brandied fig brioche”

    Nose: Velvety rich figs, grand marnier, molasses and burnt caramel, classic Deanston brioche, fresh oak, cinnamon and dry clove, a hint of eucalyptus and sulphur.

    Taste: Bitter orange and chocolate, more brioche, figs, cinnamon and clove. Little bit of raspberry comes out after a while to cut the dryness.

    Very nice but could use a touch more fruit and the oak is a tad fresh, which is surprising to me because with an ABV like that you’d expect the oak was barely involved.

  3. DenisLeonov did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Surprisingly balanced, without water quite difficult ... but such a game comes to me (88)
    • Nose
      Lacquer, cherry ... chocolate, caramel and menthol lollipop, butterscotch. With water herbs, mint ... for the first time I find such minty freshness, (22)
    • Taste
      Dried fruits, chocolate, menthol (22)
    • Finish
      Menthol finish, toothpaste, grass, dried fruits ... (22)

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Thick and heavy smells of leather, dark sherry fruitiness like plum fig and raisins, dark chocolate, nutmeg and clove.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very bold: leather, shoepolish cocoa, burnt treacle, flum fig loads of chili peppers and winter spices like clove and ginger. Water makes it advertently less peppery and a little rounder.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long: dark fruits, spicy and peppery wood bitters, loads of cocoa ending with a subtle musty mushroom note.

  5. dramspotter scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    In previous tastings, I have found this Deanston OK but somewhat lacking in some aspects. Without being over-analytical I would say the main fault is the finish. If it had one of those lovely finishes of a good Glenrothes this whisky might score an upper 8, but unfortunately, it is very much held back by that finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
      a very solid sherry nose, not screaming tarty Oloroso at me. Blind I would think this was a Glenrothes in the 10-15 bracket. There is a marmite/savoury aspect, that is not something I want to sniff every day in a whisky. Maybe being at the end of the bottle it has been tamed a bit but the alcohol is not disabling my senses yet.
    • Taste
      86 86
      ok, that alcohol is very much intact taken neat. Dusty kitchen cupboard, packet vegetable soup, burnt toffee. An interesting savoury mix with burnt notes.
    • Finish
      76 76
      rather rough and chemical at this point, floor cleaner, now seems more like a 7yo than an 11yo. Water doesn't seem to soften the unpleasant aspects of the finish for me. A rather disappointing crash to earth.

  6. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. TheGlengooije scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Delicious Deanston.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Milk chocolate and apricot.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Milk chocolate, peach, pear and orange.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish with chocolate, a little oak and orange.

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This one really needs some time, at first the alcohol dominates every part, pretty overwhelming actually. After some time, the strongest alcohol has gone, and things really get better, drinkable. Red fruits, berries.l, some hints of chocolate.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A lot of chocolate immediately, some red fruits. Pretty some alcohol, nuts. Oily. Raisins. Caramel.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very powerful, pepper. Intense. Blue berries, cassis. Alcohol really dominates. Later on gets much more quiet. Some chocolate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Very powerful, strong, warming. Red fruits, berries. Raisins. Middle long finish, despite the high Abv. Chocolate as well.

  9. Holzwurm scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. BLX scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    I really like this diverse distillery and a single cask from Signatory certainly raises expectations.

    Nose - Virginia tobacco, leather and sandlewood.

    Taste - dark fruit, Asian spice, cinnamon and walnut. Nice oily, waxy texture.

    Finish - medium/long.

    Thoughts - very, very nice. The really high abv (66%) will put a lot of people off, this isn’t for the new whisky drinker.

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