Deanston 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Ex-bourbon casks
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
2076667 L5 xx:xx 20022
Added on
06 apr 2020 9:31 pm by smaltkbdk

Average value

£ 33.67

9 × in wishlist

59 × member ratings

120 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Deanston 12-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.21 points

  1. ZLako scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    N: Tropical fruits (mango, papaya, pineapple), orchard fruits (apple, pear, peach), vanilla and honey

    P: Spices, honey, vanilla, malty, cereal notes, and the above mentioned fruits

    F: Long and sweet.

  2. Hsh scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    honey, vanilla

    Taste A little pineapple , vanilla , biscuit, a little bit hahaha nuance similar to

    Finish Slightly Spicy Jalapeño

    Something sweet rather than a distinctive flavor. A friend who does the basics of bourbon.

  3. Kvarstein scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    Enjoyed neat in a Glencairn. Rested for a couple of minutes with a couple drops of water.

    Almonds, marzipan and sweet berries. After the initial impressions I get more wet oak and even more sweet berries - black currants to be exact. I also get a lot of sugary and malt sweetness which is further enhanced along with fruity notes when adding a few drops of water.

    Malty sweetness, sweet lemon, apples and refined sugar, just a lot of sweetness! I also get something reminiscent of watermelon. The booze is a bit more apparent on the palate than on the nose. Leading into the finish I get hints of winegums and fresh bananas.

    The finish is medium to long and very mellow. Hints of nuts and almonds, and also a citrusy note. I can also detect a faint hint of licorice.

    A fantastic highland scotch. This is very sweet and friendly both in taste and on the wallet. This is a perfect easy-sipper while also having its fair share of more complex notes if you want to take a deeper dive into it.

  4. ed-99 scored this whisky 75 points Newbie

    glue smell
    strong, slightly sweet, biscuit taste

  5. Kritya scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Tropical fruits (mango, papaya, pineapple), apple, vanilla, honey, crème brûlée, dry oak
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pineapple juice, grilled pineapple, spices, honey,
    • Finish
      86 86
      Spicy honey (medium)

  6. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    My Deanston experiences were, most of the times, too light and almost anonymous. It felt like there isn’t much character in their spirit and wants to be too neutral. It was part of a BFYB set I bought so let’s just give it another try.
    • Nose
      This gives a good nose. It offers quite a tropical and citrus fruits bomb. Fresh pineapple, lychees, green unripe melon and white grapes. In the background some fruits but also rather sharp. Not in an alcoholic way but a little like restless young fruit.
    • Taste
      Canned pineapple on juice, again melon and more mild spices now but also dry oak. It feels a little tart on the palate. Alcohol is rather prominent. It does handle water like a champ and it does get better by adding that.
    • Finish
      Medium/short Alcoholic driven finish with more fruits like stated above and some licorice. Rather standard and not surprising nor very characterful

      This, once again, points out my experience with Deanston. Obviously it’s just a personal opinion. Some will like it, some don’t. Somehow me and Deanston are not a match made in heaven.

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Glenrothes1973 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Solid Highlander. Does everything right, but does not excel at anything. Will probably not offend anybody.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. tester1277 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    with a little water it is much sweeter in taste, more honey.
    If something weakens in the finish, you have to like the spicy one.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, citrus, a little "lacquer", fruity and sweet
    • Taste
      at first mild, sweet, then a slight burning. You don't notice the 46%
    • Finish
      slightly oak, very spicy, smoke in the background completely removed

  11. man2392 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Heather honey and cereal milk. Granola and kettle corn. Tasted as part of the Master of Malt Instagram tasting, this was my favourite of the three.


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