Deanston Virgin Oak

Overall rating
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

€ 31.78

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston Virgin Oak

56 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.29 points

  1. pdby 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. 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

  6. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    Not my favorite. Starts out okayish but the bitterness in the finish is not to my liking.
    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      69 69

  7. DanishDistilled scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Reminds me a lot of a young version of one of the older Cragganmore 12s. Good value for money, I'd say. Not too complex, but it tasted good and is balanced and pleasant on the palate. Would definitely like to taste more from this distillery.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Light peat smoke, horse stable, stagnant/moory water, sherry, apples, almonds, heather/floral, sulfur.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Taste matches the nose. Quite a bit of pleasant oak, sweet, fruity, sherry. I get the faintest hint of peat smoke.
    • Finish
      81 81
      A burst of spices/pepper. Pleasant sherry and not too oaky. Nice, but not impressive.

  8. Gaija scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    ["Another brick in the wall" tasting session - n°9]
    It has some interesting moments and I am sure the casual modern drinker could really appreciate the pina-colada sides for what they are, but the artificial and chemical side of it kind of killed it for me in the end. Very peculiar.
    • Nose
      82 82
      A shockful of almond milk and coconut balls. Almond flakes, chlorine, Haribo bananas. Ready-made pina colada. Very amylic and peculiar. Develops a strange wet cardboard side afterwards.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Similar, but the chemical and artificial amylic side is slightly ruining it. At least, it is kinda memorable, I've never tasted anything like this before.
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. Lexnoordsij scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Fruity and pleasant.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Light, fruity, with a hint of caramel
    • Taste
      70 70
      soft size yet also sturdy. slightly tingling in the mouth
    • Finish
      75 75
      Spicy aftertaste. The taste lingers fairly long,

  10. MattDoobie scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    Medium quick legs, deep copper in colour. This was reviewed after 30 minutes in the Glencairn glass.

    Alcohol prickle, honey, hay and barley sugar. Little bit of oak, more alcohol. A little watermelon candy and malt. 18/25

    Good texture but shy in the development, it doesn’t go anywhere past the honey and malt. There’s a harshness and lack of roundness here that betrays its age. Coming back to the texture, it’s very syrupy and mouth coating so despite the taste being the furthest thing from complex, it’s quite drinkable. I am disappointed by the lack lf oaky character, this is called Virgin Oak after all. 17/25

    Short finale that’s very strong on the honey, it’s pleasant but over quickly. 18/25

    Value and presentation
    So no, it’s not a single malt for special occasions but for the price you pay, it’s an awesome value as a daily sipper. While were on value, every single Deanston expression I’ve had have delivered in spades and outdone their competition in the quality/price ratio. The presentation is also nice with my only gripes being this product seems to have added colour for some reason, for a farm distillery that doesn’t colour anything else, I’m very surprised. In closing, this is an amazing option for the single malt enthusiast on a budget but if you can spare a few bucks more, the 12 year old blows this out of the water. 24/25


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