Deanston Virgin Oak

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Un-Chill Filtered
Virgin Oak Casks
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
06 Jan 2011 12:10 pm

Average value

€ 33.65

18 × in wishlist

298 × member ratings

562 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Deanston Virgin Oak

61 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.43 points

  1. wbarchive_875995 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    You can drink this as well. A basic, simplest and rather unpleasantly bitter feast malt. It’s clear what Virgin Oak is.
    • Nose
      Malt, a little salt, fresh green grass, a haystack, fresh wood saw cut with a drop of resin, green pears, green apples, lemons.
    • Taste
      Empty, immediately gives not very pleasant wood bitterness and bites with pepper. Malt, bitter tart tree, straw, bitter herbs.
    • Finish
      It leaves bitterness and astringency in the tongue, short, rather dry, simple and basic. Wood bitterness, bitter herbs, green tea.

  2. ulamog87 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    delicate floral nose with apricot, mouth a bit too light and not much aromas and bit young.
    the finish comes with a short spicy kick but doesn´t fit that well.
    Good value for the price anyway, no color, no chill filtration, 46% abv.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  3. p4blo scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    This whisky certainly is very young, barely drinkable for me.
    • Nose
      Varnish, paint thinner and wood shaving, smells like young cheap bourbon (well, it's cheap and probably younger than most bourbons + the virgin oak...), a faint note of something not unpleasant - vanilla and apple.
    • Taste
      Light sweetness of apple and white sugar, vanilla, pepper and ginger. Very spicy.
    • Finish
      Hot and short with a touch of some sweetness (pineapple?).

  4. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Mjam - that's great for under 30 € - tasty, spicy-sweet, not boring.

    But beware!
    My last bottle - of which Cicero also tried - was completely different, I largely agree with him: shoe box (musty cardboard and adhesive notes) hit me directly when opening from the bottle, damp cellar, apple, acid, astringent-dry, penetrating finish ... very "getting used to" - was that so intentional, another batch, just a bottle, cork? No idea. Edit 2017: Now finally had a "confirmed" Korkschmecker whisky and recognized the notes immediately - the "shoe box" version must have been a real corker.
    • Nose
      fruity-sweet, malty, honey, candy, apple and pear compote, sweetish-woody, cinnamon, nutmeg
    • Taste
      Baked apple, vanilla, crystallized honey, sugar & cinnamon, latte
    • Finish
      medium long, malty, sweet, a bit spicy

  5. manmathiou scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  6. Burch scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    Notes from 4/5/15:

    Not very impressed with this one. I think Deanston might be just trying to hide a lot of their young stock with readily available (or overly active) casks. It ends up just being very dry and almost sawdusty. Hopefully this leaves them with nice 2nd or 3rd fill casks and more older stock for other releases.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Honey, coconut, some mandarin orange.
    • Taste
      74 74
      More of the same but with oak and green grass.
    • Finish
      73 73
      Coconut again and very dry finish.

  7. claymore84 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 02-05-2021.

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fresh wood, honey, grass, some apple, apricot, lemon, baked apple with some cinnamon, peach, some dry earth, tangerines
    • Taste
      Apple, honey, grain, cereals, apricot, lime, passion fruit, dried apricot, some wood, some pepper

  9. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  10. EvilAFI scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    It’s a bit hot for 46%, vanilla, malt, honey and pepper mix for a pour that is a bit unrefined and rough around the edges
    • Nose
      84 84
      Vanilla, malt, bread, brine,
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet vanilla, honey, pepper, menthol
    • Finish
      81 81
      Spicy, malty, salty, honey cough drop


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