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

€ 29.97

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268 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston Virgin Oak

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.30 points

  1. ulamog87 scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    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

  2. 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?).

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Fruity-fresh and warmly woody, as was to be expected. I believe I like this better than the comparable Tomatin Legacy, as this is easier on the fruits and more malty.
    • Nose
      Woodshop aromas and bright fruits. Banana pudding, caramel and pencil shavings, with a soft yeasty side. Also something soupy and herbal: fennel?
    • Taste
      Good strength, with bitter grapefruit and aspirin tablets initially, then the spirit sweetness comes in, along with a decent amount of spiky (but not distracting) tannins. Funnily enough, the yeasty, bready Deanston distillery character (at least as I know it from the fairly "natural" recent 12 y.o.) comes up only at the death and reverberates with a soft echo into the finish.
    • Finish
      Unremarkable and malty.

  6. schengel10 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    An interesting, young Highland Malt at a great price!
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      Malt, fruits, sweetness (honey?), Seasoning (oak);
    • Taste
      fruity-spicy-oily onset, slightly alcoholic; voluminous, woody, oak, recognizable young;
    • Finish
      relatively short finish; Malt, sweetness, then spice in the finish!

  7. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    easy, young, new maky, a certain sweetness, coming from either wood or spirit. In any case not too much wood influence. Nice, but not earth-shattering.

  8. whiskyd scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      65 65

  9. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82


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