Deanston Chronicles Edition 1

Overall rating
88.42/100
votes
158
Whiskybase ID
WB188663
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distillery Exclusive
Bottled
2021
Casktype
´77Refill´94Madeira´04Amontillado´11Bourbon
Number of bottles
2304
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5029704220397
Added on
26 jul 2021 11:26 am by Glensiddich
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 143.94

61 × in wishlist

158 × member ratings

466 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Deanston Chronicles Edition 1

38 users have left 41 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.42 points.

  1. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Got myself a sample at the distillery today, to try it out for a buy Y/N decision. Nice guys down there at the visitors center.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Initially very shy and closed when poured in the glass. I gave it about 20 minutes and 3 drops of water to help it open up. Still no outburst of flavors but no worries; there is still plenty to discover here.

      To me the Madeira cask is dominant, but in a polite way. This one has a shadow of the past hanging over it; I like the musty and dusty side here. In addition some oaky flavors and to my surprise some fresh mint.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full body and immediate warm arrival. Waxy structure. Again the Madeira cask is slightly dominant. Mild spices stay in the back and I recognize “stophoest” (a typical Dutch candy in case of a cough – but also nice when one does not cough).
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long finish. Aforementioned flavors in the taste remain till it all fades away.

      Conclusion: in spite of the odd combination of casks, this works pretty well. I need to go back to Deanston to get me a bottle.

  2. Create a free Whiskybase account to read all 41 reviews for this whisky
    Create free account
  3. etwa77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I quite like it, but i don’t think that the experiment is successful.. not as a sipping whisky, anyway (though i can see it do well in the secondary market).. there is too much loud talking between the casks.. it starts well with a Clinelish-esque oiliness that just explodes in many directions and although it sounds good on paper.. in reality, it’s simply too many direction.. it loses coherence.. what it does very well, however, is to make me miss Deanston again, so i go to the cabinet and poor meself a good ole’ 18-er.. i quite prefer it over this Chronicles Ed.

  4. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. GIORGOS scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. SYMUE1 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    .

  7. elipszis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      woody
      salty
      malty
      tart
      plums
      cinnamon and clove
      cookies
      wool"
    • Taste
      89 89
      plums
      white pepper
      tangerine
      citrus
      graceful
      komplex
    • Finish
      89 89
      dry
      white pepper
      medium finish

  8. Steven79 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. SebStar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    toffee, vanilla, candied citrus, some orchard fruits, leather, ok

  11. rich_93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    An interesting description of the four casks from the distillery website:

    1977 Whisky Refill Casks.
    This older whisky cask was very woody, adding wood spice and clove notes to the whisky. It wouldn't work as a single cask release as it needed something sweeter and mellow to provide a better balance of flavours.

    1994 Madeira Wine Casks
    This sweet wine cask had imparted notes of toffee, roasted nuts and stewed fruits on our whisky. It also added fresh notes of creamy apricot which compliment the oily mouth feel of our single malt.

    2004 Amontillado Sherry Casks
    This added a unique earthy and herbaceous note, as well as an unusual note of hazelnuts and walnuts which aren't usually associated with Deanston. Altogether much drier on the palate than the other casks in this whisky.

    2011 Bourbon Barrels
    Chosen to create the classic Deanston 'house style' whisky, the whisky from these casks had notes of crisp apple and barley sugar and really let our waxy characteristic shine through, giving us that phenomenal Deanston mouth feel

  12. DillaDonut1 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  13. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  14. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 08-31-2022.

  15. Drum scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Deanston, I really liked him
    • Nose
      Vanilla, bourbon and sherry with lots of citrus fruits like lemon and tangerines but also pineapple. cut flowers and lamp oil.
    • Taste
      Mentholic, spearmint bubble gum, citrus, tangerine and orange peel with floral notes like cut flowers.
    • Finish
      Warm and fruity. The bourbon cask punches through, bringing vanilla and rounding out the citrus flavors.

  16. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  17. Zenturio7994 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    As with many bottlings, there are fake ratings here. Just because you have a lot of bottles (all closed), you don't have to rate 90+.

  18. Jimbeau scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. SCOR scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    By marrying four different whiskys from four casks over four decades, Deanston has created a truly fine whisky. The casks selected were:
    •1977 Whisky Refill Cask
    •1994 Madeira Wine Cask
    •2004 Amontillado Sherry Cask
    •2011 bourbon barrels

    I'm already looking forward to Edition 2 - 4 ;-)
    • Nose
      89 89
      Nose: fruity, malty, nutty but also spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg and some thyme.
      Vanilla, grapefruit but also plum or plum and a hint of orange zest.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Taste: I find much of what the nose announces on the tongue. Lots of malt, walnuts, cardamom, cinnamon and a little clove are added. Tart grapefruit and candied orange peel, something reminiscent of old leather.
      Finish: tart grapefruit, forest honey, blackberry and lots of wood (definitely comes from the 1977 cask), but also forest honey and thyme again.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Finish: tart grapefruit, forest honey, blackberry and lots of wood (definitely comes from the 1977 cask), but also forest honey and thyme again.

  20. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  21. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  23. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Still the best Deanston I've ever tried.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. Artus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Not bad and relatively wood-heavy, but somehow I expected more from him. He doesn't really do anything wrong, but he doesn't leave a lasting impression either.
    • Nose
      Bit of brittle. Apricot jam on farmhouse bread. Roast apple cake. Vanilla. malt sweetness. cocoa butter. Acidic wood tones. A few roast spices. Some herbal candy. Club Mate. Completely removed matchstick.
    • Taste
      Tart honey. wood sweetness. Malt. Salty fudge. Minimal sorrel. Now the oak takes over and it is predominantly spicy paired with fruit acid. Nuts. dry wood.
    • Finish
      apricot peel. grape seeds. cinchona.

  27. _Glenseileach_ scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. rich_93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Update September 2022. I have been enjoying my second bottle of this, I've decided to increase my score by one point. After a period of tasting some lovely but softie speysiders, turning to the Chronicles really opened my eyes - the dunnage funk in this is so charismatic, but it is impeccably balanced with the fruits and malt, great work by the blender. Also tried this at a distillery tasting and it seems to be a visitor favourite.

    ****************

    Classic Deanston, what could be better to celebrate their anniversary! Beware though, it is a subtle whisky. It seems to be that most multi-decade bottlings are, because the disparate malts iron out each others’ prominent features. So, to appreciate it to the fullest, I would have a simple, soft, malty dram first to condition the palate. Quite funky and farmy, spicier and nuttier than most Deanstons (I suspect the Invergordon-era cask from 1977).
    • Nose
      90 90
      Malty, fruity, spicy. Honeyed, with an old character and rustic bakery notes. Tinned fruit, honey, porridge, crusty sourdough, apple pie. A berry compote of blueberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, so nice... Cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate spongecake, nutella. Overripe pineapple, some orange and perhaps lemon peel. Old leather bound books. Floral and herbal notes as well: jasmine and wild thyme, a soft leafy nuance. Some bitter walnuts. There’s a citrus freshness to all of it though, of floral bergamot and grapefruit on top. I suspect from the young bourbon cask as it reminds me of the Deanston 12?
    • Taste
      89 89
      overall, just like the nose, a deep, heavy maltiness. Honey, granola, walnuts, but again fresh. Lots of spice… cadramom, bit of clove and cinnamon. Blackberries with a hint of blackcurrant. Overripe banana, pear, some candied orange peel, but also tart grapefruit. Occasionally, a rich resinous and slightly dirty perfume-y note, like labdanum - very interesting. There really is a bit of everything in this one.
    • Finish
      90 90
      long but light, fresh, sweet berries (blueberry, blackberry), grapefruit bitterness. Funky fruit, sultanas, and some of the marsala notes come through. Old wood and cigar ash.

  29. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. KonstUA scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose 23, taste 22, finish 23, balance 22
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  31. Holzwurm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    21+ 21 22 21 85+

    A good batch, interesting and tasty, but so that would have a wow effect, so no .... prickly in my taste, and in general
    I'm missing something ...

  33. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fruit-nut-salty, also sharp and very well balanced. Thank you, Micha. 23-23-22-22
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  34. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Blenders Glass.
    An absolutely magical nose. Evolves over time. Freshness of mint and citrus candies is replaced by fruity sweetness, noble old wood and malt, and at the end the light smoke of a dying fire on the seaside.
    Moderately sweet taste, berry-fruit mix, chocolate-nut paste, spices and spices. But everything is very subtle and delicate - there is no pressure.
    The aftertaste is long-lasting, pleasant and warming, hot pepper, salt and spices, wood ash.
    A wonderful complex malt - pick up and drink while eating.
    This is the best Deanston I've tried so far. And no, it doesn't look like Talisker at all, as you might think after reading my testing.
    3333'92
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  36. rampah scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Retail price: ~£85

    This is vatting of casks from 4 decades:
    1977 Refill, 1994 Madeira, 2004 Amontillado and 2011 Bourbon.

    The Madeira and Amontillado Casks dominate, but it has more depth and Distillery character in it than usual Sherry finished Deanstons.

    I like it a lot, maybe a bit too little complexity to be really excellent. It is nice to see such releases in 2021, that aren't completely overpriced.

  37. yggr scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  38. ThorstenH scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wooden and bitter at first. Time in the glass helps immensely. Then absolutely round and complex. Now the grades given come from the manufacturer. Nutty notes on the finish.
    For £86, might be a secret...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  39. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wow! This is a really remarkable whisky. The four casks each bring their own attributes to the dram, ironing out the weaknesses of each other in the process. You genuinely get the best old elements from the 1977 cask, alongside the freshness of the 2011 cask, and the richness from the Madeira and amontillado casks. The master blender here is clearly a genius. It just hits all of the highlights you’d want from each of the casks. On the nose you initially get the fresh vanilla from the bourbon cask, but with a bit of time softer, fruity notes emerge (pear, apricot and cherry), alongside creamy honey, tablet, fresh herbs, and wonderful, well-integrated oak (the 1977 cask really coming into its own here). It definitely needed a few minutes in the glass and a small splash of water. Very rich, fruity and creamy on the palate, with the old oak again emerging from the mists, but never dominating or overbearing. The finish brings some gentle, warming chilli, balanced out by the nutty, creamy aspects. This really *is* good. By far the best whisky I’ve tried this year. Perfect for my palate. For £85 it is an absolute steal. A Deanston that deserves a position at the very top table. Instant classic in my book.

  40. DownunderTonga scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  41. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I was looking forward to it. Freshly opened today, it hasn't had time to oxidize yet. I was also too greedy to let him breathe long. But I like it quite a bit right off the bat. Nose, mouth and interception show very different facets, so I give everything another point compared to the first impulse (88-89-87)
    Edit Mar 2022: I fully confirm the rating. The barrel vatting seems so good that even further oxidation cannot add anything. 2-3% more alcohol could have made for a more stable finish and an even higher rating.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Distinct vanilla and shortbread, pancake batter, surprise: apricot, becoming sweeter as it stands, then dominant canola honey. Swirling promotes some spiciness and vinous acidity. Later changed to something like mashed potatoes with lots of nutmeg and a little vineyard peach.
      Fruitier after the first sip.
    • Taste
      90 90
      That is interesting. Nice complexity. The older barrels come through better here. It's getting a little bitter. However, the start is on the fruit, then come chocolate, nuts, grapes, trail mix...
      Nothing bitter at all, very balanced and approachable.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The fruits become darker, persico cherry, prunes. Christmas spices.
      Unfortunately only medium length. It's delicious, so I wish it were longer.

  42. Dottore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    from the Website:

    We are delighted to introduce our first edition in the new Deanston Chronicles series!

    A marriage of whisky from four special casks from four different decades: 1977 Whisky Refill, 1994 Madeira, 2004 Amontillado and 2011 Bourbon.

    Expect notes of toffee, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon are expertly entwined with the faintest hints of honey, spice and herbs. Perfect enjoyed with friends!

Tastingtags

Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.

Whiskybase

Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  




Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 60207205
VAT: NL853809112B01

Copyright © 2022


Forgot your password?

Login