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Overall rating
85.51/100
votes
61
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Finish
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
1952859 L5 xx:xx 19164
Barcode
5029704219193
Added on
04 Mar 2020 6:22 pm by Lech Lomond
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 53.71

7 × in wishlist

61 × member ratings

209 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Deanston 10-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.51 points

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Slightly more of that typical Deanston sour note than the original 2018 bottling, but furthermore quite identical.
    • Nose
      Orange, cherry, apple, malt and a light dirty edge.
    • Taste
      Sourish wild cherry, orange and caramel.
    • Finish
      Shortbread, cherry

  2. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Citrus-like distillery character. Well crafted. Extremely long finish with lots of chocolate, I like that very much. Otherwise, I lack something in my nose and taste. There are many flavors, but somehow they don't really combine. That makes it somewhat unbalanced and less accessible.

  3. krja scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    It needs to breathe some time before it becomes nice to drink. Without time in the glass and / or a drop of water it just is to stingy and the nose is off as well. After 10 to 20 minutes in the glass and with a drop of water it becomes a nice Deanston with wine notes. At around €50 I won't be buying it again though.

  4. Squinugie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. AnnEm scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It took 15 minutes of air and then turned out to be a successful combination of the Deanston notes typical of me (herb honey + malt) with nice dry red wine notes, especially in the finish.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Immediately after pouring it out, it looks a bit artificial with acetone and, I'm not sure, licorice. Sawdust and wood glue, even the alcohol stings a little, although "only" drinking strength. This first impression soon evaporated. Then: Deanston-typical herb / forest honey, forest berries. Very nice malty. Floral-vegetable. The more air he gets, the more fruity he gets.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Tart and fruity. Honey and herbs. Licorice again. Light oak melting. Cool and elegant, it will soon become more substantial. Nice red berry.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Malty. Herbal honey. Directly warming with a clear red wine feeling. Dry, spicy. Tannins.

  6. Paulsen scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Good whisky that remains a whisky despite the wine finish and is complemented by full fruit notes from Bordeaux. If you want to taste the wine clearly, you would not go out completely satisfied. However, vanilla, oak and herbs give the nose some fun thanks to their beautiful fruit notes. Slightly flat in the mouth, the finish is complemented by bitter chocolate.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. domani scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is a fine 10 year old whisky at a very good price. The nose is fresh and fruity with a nice berry potpourri that underlines the wine finish. The palate is not perfect but still pleasing. The memory is sticky-fruity and sweet. For me a buy recommendation - December 19, 2020
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fruity and tangy nose, the red wine notes are clearly perceptible, blueberry, forest berries, forest honey, herb sweet, very flowery
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very creamy and oily, tart herbs, forest berries, intense berry note, some oak, sticky texture at the end
    • Finish
      85 85
      Lang

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    blind
    • Nose
      Lemon, herb candy, then honey, strawberries, grasses, some earth, a little cinnamon, some wood
      Strawberry is absolutely dominant
    • Taste
      Apple, honey, minimal strawberry, lime, lemon, blackberry, nuts, some chocolate, some pepper

  9. valasios scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Gareth74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Bread and wine

    Deanston is getting a LOT of love from both the well seasoned whisky bods like ralfy, serg and the scotch test dummies and enthusiastic whisky drinkers too; soooo, I suppose it’s time I dipped my toes in the waters of Deaston and see what all the fuss is about. All aboard the hype train?

    Before opening the bottle I’m already loving the presentation - at 46% it’s nearing my personal sweet spot of 48%vol, just the right amount of oomf to deliver all the flavours and smells without breaking a sweat (just like one of my all time fav bargains did back in the day - I'm looking at you Ardmore Traditional Cask - why, oh why don't more basic scotch's come in around this number, it makes such a difference) and it’s on the nose we go...

    Mmmm, yummy. Warm bready notes are immediately reaching out of the glass without any effort, all dipped in rich wine notes, this is a great start. It's the kind of heady wine notes that bring to mind blushing cheeks after a glass of red. A cherry wood note, warmth oak, pepper, something almost citrus, maybe shavings of pickled ginger? there's cocoa lurking in there and nice, burnt Madeira cake and some toasted, almost burnt pastries. There's also a tiny little sour thing going on, not unenjoyable sourness, just something keeping it from straying into overly sweet territory and a bitter wood note. After about 20 mins in the glass it has mellowed and the initial wine perfume softly dissipates a little and releases a gentle, woody heart With honey. This is good stuff for such a young whisky. I'd have pegged this as something a shade older, 12-15? It does need to sit though, 10-15 mins in the glass makes a huge difference.

    In the mouth and WOOF! I was expecting it to be sweet red wine up front and a bit all over the place, maybe masking something less great, but it’s far better than that, this isn't hiding or obscuring, this is gilding something already quite nice. There is a lightness to the spirit, malty, classic bourbon notes arrive but swathed, rather than drowned in red fruits, warm wood spice and it’s viscous - you can feel this young whisky, the 46% vol is paying off nicely. Nice oily mouth feel, there's a feint lemon zest to the proceedings with more wood spice, ginger and a chocolate note. The wine finish is held in check, and there’s more delicate maltiness and more crusty baked bread (There's a real sense of breadiness to Deanston and it really suits a wine paring). There's a nice wine must note in the mix too as well as some tangy, almost metallic liquorice. It feels like everything it pretty well bolted together, far better than I expected it would be. I had imagined a more rough and ready experience but this is a great delivery. All the flavours on the palate move around with confidence without becoming clumsy and overbearing. in the mouth it never once feels like this is a poor whisky Nice.

    The finish isn’t massive but it's to it's credit. It’s full and spirited and entirely correct, no miss steps, wood and wine and malt and bready spices fade out in harmony with ample shortbread and Milk chocolate powder to boot. (There’s also a very very feint and pleasant chlorine note - like walking near a swimming pool - sounds weirder than it actually is).

    So, my first Deanston and I’m impressed and maybe some of this hype is truly justified. Never heard of them until recently and I’m already looking forward to the next one. Could it be improved? Sure, another few years in the wood may yield even greater depths and a more vigorous flavour profile, but it’s youth is actually part of its' immediate charm. Youth isn't necessarily a bad thing and this proves it in spades.

    Great tasting, great value, great presentation. What's not to love. Well done, Deanston. Add one more fan.

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