Deanston Dragon's Milk

Overall rating
82.71/100
votes
80
Whiskybase ID
WB163733
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stout Cask Finish
Bottled
2019
Casktype
Stout Cask Finished
Strength
50.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5029704220168
Added on
14 aug 2020 10:00 pm by dramspotter
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 52.52

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80 × member ratings

188 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Deanston Dragon's Milk

23 users have left 23 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.71 points.

  1. Abadon05 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Those who like Deanston will get their money's worth here.
    The distillery character is clearly recognizable, but also the beer finish on the nose. But I would have guessed IPA instead of Stout. In terms of taste and finish, it disappoints in terms of the influence of the beer.
    Light and good for the summer. But I expect something different from a beer finish or would have preferred the beer influence. Unfortunately, water doesn't really help either.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The beer finish is quite noticeable on the nose.
      However, slightly in the background.
      In the foreground, typical deanstones, honey and grain as well as lemon. The beer adds malt and hop aromas. You also notice the alcohol minimally.
      Over time, floral and fruity notes appear.
      Water is less good for him in the nose. Here he closes himself rather in terms of flavors.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Mild and light. Then the alcohol pushes. The honey and the lemon remain. Likewise the grain and some milk chocolate. There is more of a distillery character here. Little to nothing from the stout. Too bad.
      It gets a little spicier with the second sip. A little more lemon and oak. But stout? Unfortunately not.
      It becomes a little creamier with water.
    • Finish
      74 74
      Sweet and dry with a medium-long finish. Distillery character yes, beer influence no. Vanilla is now clearly visible. Malty. Very hot and alcoholic in the second and third sips. This doesn't really go away with water either.

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  3. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Quite interesting and certainly not badly made, but for my taste just a bit too bitter and tart with recognizable youth at the same time. The Deanston brand comes into its own and the vanilla goes well with it, but the overall package is somehow too exhausting for me.
    • Nose
      The young barley stands out at first, green and grassy with some herbal notes like a freshly mown wildflower meadow, a pleasant background of vanilla and toasted oak, also some hay, unripe bananas are added together with malt that is becoming more intense, a bit buttery and bready like a malt bread smeared with farmer's butter, little caramel, at the same time a strange tart note is recognizable, goes in the direction of grapefruit, that could also come from the aromatic hops from the stout barrels, but cannot be identified more closely due to the subliminal nature, with longer exposure to air it becomes noticeable beerier
    • Taste
      A tart, bitter-sweet back and forth with a zesty citrus fruit reminds me of a heavily sugared grapefruit, with which you eat a bit of the bitter partition, plus the grassy barley malt and the green bananas, which are already evident in the smell, slightly chalky mouthfeel, colder Black coffee and a bite of pumpernickel, the bitterness subsides a little and gives more room to the vanilla toasty oak, dark milk chocolate with brittle pieces knocks in your mouth after a long stay, and a machine chewing gum that has been sucked out is also woven into the background
    • Finish
      Rather short, again a bittersweet hoppy experience with a few wild herb accents and a drop of honey, green-stained lemon zest, for a short time the whole thing is quite bitter, clean barley malt and floury unripe banana show up again, then the oak leaves it with delicate toast aromas and flattering vanilla fade away and softens the tart beer note, leaving a roasted aftertaste of coffee

  4. KEngelaar scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Very malty. I haven't tried the Dragon's Milk stout, yet. The whisky is promising, but it lacks age and the ex-Bourbon casks could be more intense on the vanilla note.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Malt, sweet, caramel, fresh fruit, mostly apple, honey and gras. Overall very fresh. Similar to a 10 year old Glengoyne, but stronger with its 50.5% abv.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Dry, vanilla, malt. After a few seconds there is a clear stout taste and hop. It also has a slight floral note.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Sweet and bitter at the same time, with malt and hop. The gras note remains and turns to green tea.

  5. face scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  6. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/AEvE6Mqs1D0
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. Drum scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I find this whisky special and complex. An interesting tightrope walk between sweetness and tart notes, a tightrope walk between really good and then again not. In any case, thanks to the fruit, fresh and sweet-tart summer whisky that I could drink well. The harsh notes were a bit too much for me.
    • Nose
      A sweetness, malty and of marzipan as well as wilted flowers. After a longer airing and some water it became fruity. Pineapple, distinct pears and lemon.
    • Taste
      Unfortunately I had less in my mouth than in my nose. A mixture of tart sweetness and bread and pastries.
    • Finish
      Warm, a sweet bitterness and tart notes, sweet pastries and at the end the oak stayed dry.

  8. Lorion scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasing, very tasty. 83 points.
    • Nose
      How gracious. How sweet. How flattering! Beguiling vanilla.
    • Taste
      Incredibly creamy and dangerously soft without being flat. A sweet flatterer. Vanilla, honey and a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Not too long, a subtle bitterness lingers longer.

  9. the_muskox scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    That… kind of works! There’s quite a lot of stout flavour in there, while retaining a lot of lemony Deanston character. It’s a young whisky, and that abundant youthful tartness combines with the cask for a rather dry and bitter whisky. Not something I’d personally really reach for frequently, but tasty regardless. I’d recommend this if you’re a fan of either Deanston or stouts. I wouldn’t count myself a fan of either, and I still liked this. Kudos to Deanston for successfully wrangling this weird cask.
    • Nose
      Hah, it does smell a bit like stout. It’s got that very dark coffee-ish malty note. It’s definitely a scotch though, and a Deanston too – there’s fresh-picked apples, sweet lemon tea, light brown sugar, and a hint of black pepper. Powdered sugar dusted donuts. Slightly grassy-green.
    • Taste
      Medium texture. Bittersweet and a little tart on the arrival. Green apples, lemon zest, tart peach, and cut grass. The development brings meltier more stout-ish notes – toasted bread and dark chocolate smores. Long developments rounds off into bitterness: charred wood, black coffee, even slightly hoppy.
    • Finish
      Bittersweet, rather stout-ish, with a lingering toasty and hoppy note. Apple fritters dusted with cinnamon sugar. Ginger, coffee, and a hint of barrel char. Pickled lemons.

  10. DailyDramMontreal scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
      Small bitterness, white chocolate, earthy, quite on the grain, waxy, dried wet leaves. The beer cask can be noticed for drinkers
    • Taste
      78 78
      Quite great texture, lemon pie, herbs, quite earthy again, bitterness is there but a bit less this time. More on the coffee side than chocolate. Not the best side of this whisky
    • Finish
      79 79
      Thats where the beer cask kicks in, spices, bitterness, lots of malty notes, not that long, pretty much a lover or hater.

  11. Metalhead82 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    unfortunately the expectations were not met. somewhat flat and not very complex

  12. JBKwb scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  13. McMoulis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  14. valasios scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  15. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  16. besar scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  17. jazzvilly scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

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

  18. AnnEm scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I think he's okay, well done, but he doesn't knock me off my stool. His youth always flashes through stormily, but for me he already has an interesting variety of delicious flavors.
    • Nose
      84 84
      A strong nose that seems quite youthful to me. Grapefruit. Sweet and spicy mash. Cinnamon. Floury (what I associate with youth). Dresden men's confectionery (brown gingerbread, fruit jelly and rum punch). Hay. Oak seasoning.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Alcoholic onset. Spicy and straw-like. Then towards malty barley sweetness. Coffee, roasted aromas.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Roasted coffee. Again the men's confectionary. Artificial sweetness (Hubba Bubba). Here, too, the hay that is typical for me Deanston. Cinnamon-ginger seasoning and warmth.

  19. AgentMunky scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
      7 // 7
    • Taste
      85 85
      8 // 8.5

      Loads of vanilla and chocolate, tastes just like a (very strong) milk stout with water.
    • Finish
      80 80
      8 // 7

      Roasted coffee and clean malt.

  20. rampah scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Very weak finish.

  21. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    There's nothing really bad about it and it's definitely exciting, but it's definitely not easy to drink.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Very spicy, herbs, light roasted aromas, black bread, wet and slightly burnt wood
    • Taste
      86 86
      Spicy and creamy, surprisingly sweet, again some wet wood and a lot of oak spice, slightly brittle with a little dryness
    • Finish
      83 83
      Nice warmth with a lot of spicy wood, the sweet oak spice sticks to the palate for a long time together with a splash of lemon

  22. Numwierum scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Smell: Strong and fresh citrus notes, sweet malt, a little honey and a subtle but spicy note of grain.
    Taste: A sweet malty start, then the alcohol comes out powerfully. Citrus fruits spread, in the background some sourdough and spicy cereals. Then the malt sweetness prevails again.
    Finish: Relatively short, some wood and grain.
    Conclusion: A fresh, simple and citrus-heavy whisky that is very easy to drink. The influence of the stout barrel is very sobering, presumably the malt sweetness in the whisky comes from the stout? Unfortunately, I expected a little more.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  23. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Lots of vanilla and sweet light fruits on the nose and taste. The stout keg cannot really be found for me. Overall, a pleasant, but very young looking whisky, which shows the distillery character well.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Deanston Stout Cask Finish was created in collaboration with the New Holland Brewing Company, which makes the bourbon cask-stored stout called Dragon's Milk. The brewery on the west bank of Lake Michigan stores its beer in former bourbon barrels and passes them on to the Highland distillery after the beer has been stored.

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