Deanston 2008

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Red Wine Matured
Stated Age
09 years old
Bordeaux Red Wine Cask
58.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
_1786167 L5 xx:xx 18065
Added on
15 Feb 2020 8:09 pm by Lech Lomond
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 75.00

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20 × member ratings

69 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Deanston 2008

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.13 points

  1. praisethepasta scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    as big and rounded as a sherry bomb, but only in terms of intensity, as the whisky itself is a bit lighter and more nuanced in character, with a lovely balance of dryness and sweetness.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Rich and bold. Cereals with a bit of a musky, grain dust note combined with fruits. A lot of fruits: raspberries, cherries, blackcurrant, … berries a go go, but not overly sweet, as there’s also some spice here (from the tannins, maybe). There’s also that grassy, slightly waxy Deanston note, although it is a bit hidden underneath all the extravagant force from the cask. So the cask dominates the spirit, but not necessarily in a bad way. It’s perfectly drinkable without water, despite the higher ABV, but let’s see what a drop of water brings to the party. Indeed, more sweetness, the wine notes become even more prevalent now, led by a cherry roundness, some spices and dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      87 87
      On the palate the arrival and first impressions are equally big and rich, although overall perhaps a bit less intense compared to the nose. Still nothing delicate or shy about this, mind you. Malty and grainy at first but than a tidal wave of fresh and dried fruits, wood and baking spices rolls in. Needless to say, the mouthfeel is full and quite oily.
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium long, very warming, rich on spice and a bit dry. While not being terribly long, it’s doing a fine job as the ending of a very fulfilling and engaging dram.

  2. sascuas scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. M134481 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      White Grape, Strawberry, Pepper, Granny Smith, Wet Wood, Cardboard, Burnt Sugar,
    • Taste
      Granny Smith, wine, white grape, tart, strawberry, red currant, wood, pepper, honey and dark chocolate
    • Finish
      Granny Smith, wine, white grape, tart, strawberry, red berries, wood, dry, pepper, honey and dark chocolate

  4. El Bastardo scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

    Yes, it smells and tastes a bit like wine, but in the end it is and will remain an unmistakable whole (and good) whisky. The bottom line is a great Deanston whisky, which has a slightly different taste than its relatives, which knows how to please. Just don't expect the "red wine bomb".
    • Nose
      Undiluted: Yep, that smells like red wine ^ _ ^ but (somewhat disappointing) not as strong and intense as one might imagine with "permanent storage". I already had ripening in the glass that smelled more intensely of wine than this one. However, this is in no way to be assessed as qualitatively negative, it only comes off if one has "false" hopes in advance. In addition, there is a sweet honey aroma on any fresh red berries and something sour and spicy.

      Diluted to 45%: Much "vinous" than before, even if a little "watery wine" than I would like (you can't have everything: p). In addition, there is now an almost "flowery" aroma that has displaced the sweet and fruity notes, the sour and spicy parts are still there.
    • Taste
      Diluted to 45%: At first fully spicy, then after ten seconds the wine kicks in, but is quickly pushed into the background again by the spice. The second sip is sweeter and fruity than before and also a bit malty, but I don't get that much wine taste. The bottom line is that spiciness dominates, even if by and large not that strong.
    • Finish
      Diluted to 45%: A spicy, light tingling sensation remains on the outermost tip of the tongue and a warming feeling slowly pulls down the throat. The second sip also leaves a sweet character.


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