Deanston Virgin Oak

Overall rating
78.58/100
votes
321
Whiskybase ID
WB20331
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Un-Chill Filtered
Bottled
2010
Casktype
Virgin Oak Casks
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5029704217458
Added on
06 jan 2011 12:10 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 33.37

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Whisky reviews for Deanston Virgin Oak

57 users have left 63 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 78.58 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    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.

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  3. Malthead19 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    COLOR GOLD

    - Distillery character clearly recognizable
    - strong NAS whisky with a very edgy character
    - special creamy "furry" peculiarity
    - without water, however, it still works (despite the 46.3%).
    too sprightly
    - a not very simple pleasing single malt
    - still interesting to try with about 30€, however
    nothing for beginners
    • Nose
      fruity, mild, fresh, flowery, caramel
    • Taste
      very creamy or oily attack, lies strongly on the tongue, burns easily, oak, needs water, aormes become softer and the burning goes away, creamy character remains
    • Finish
      short exit ;
      medium long malty sweet aftertaste

  4. Thecreg84 scored this whisky 73 points Member Junior

    Has a really distinctive and woody nose that I quite like. The taste not so much. A little bitter and otherwise unspectacular

  5. Funtik scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  6. manmathiou scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

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

  7. 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.

  8. claymore84 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 02-05-2021.

  9. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • 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

  10. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  11. 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

  12. DanishDistilled scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Edit: The nose of this whisky has severely degraded over about 1,5 years in the half-filled bottle. The nose has gone from deliciously fruity to unpleasantly smelling of silage.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Very very malted! Horse stable, stagnant/moory water, sherry, apples, almonds, heather/floral, sulfur.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Reminds me of Cragganmore 12.
      Taste matches the nose. Quite a bit of pleasant oak, sweet, fruity, wine. I get the faintest hint of peat smoke.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The maltyness comes back. A burst of spices/pepper. Pleasant and not too oaky. Nice, but not impressive.

  13. 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

  14. 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,

  15. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky 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.

  16. 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.

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

    Palate
    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

    Finish
    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

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. whiskyd scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

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

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

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

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

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

  22. Helgo scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  23. Achany scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Malty, sweet, vanilla, some honey, some spices, fresh oak, a little grassy even. Very nice dram, easy to drink, enjoyable. Well balanced, very fine dram!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  24. 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

  25. domani scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    Does not offer much. He looks very immature and is without significant flavors - 05.03.2017
    • Nose
      Hot alcohol, solvents, lemon abrasion, light berries, malt is only remotely audible
    • Taste
      Malt sweetness, ripe pear, alcohol, caramel, some oak and bitterness
    • Finish
      Short

  26. elfcad scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    A typical resin taste and smell like Retsina-wine makes this whisky is one of my favourites.

  27. Albaron scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    For my taste a bit more maltiness should have been in it, but Virgin Oak brings with it other flavors and for that he should have been older. According to the guide, he is on average 8.5 years old.
    • Nose
      Malt, oranges or kumquat, some lemon, toffee cream, some milk chocolate and vanilla
    • Taste
      warming, here more lemon, slightly malty only, some vanilla and toffee and a few pears
    • Finish
      For example, malt, a touch of oak, the pears and a sweetness to swing

  28. Andytka3 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Nose heating with fragrant of strawberry, fresh, raw and direct.
    Weighty sweetness and young oak notes of blotting paper linger. Mineral
    cold stone.

    Palate:- As
    expected from nosing, astringent and dry mouthfeel, crisp. Sourness of
    coffee bean tannin, unusual profile that demands acquired tastebuds for
    it. Unpleasant for me.

    Finish:- Charred and lightly burn, sawdust spicy and long. Warming with a whiff of coffee and caramel.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  29. ffmdino scored this whisky 45 points Connoisseur

    not my thing
    • Nose
      Pears, coconut, metal, slightly vanilla, slightly chemical, later sweaty
    • Taste
      sharp start, oak, apple
    • Finish
      short, musty, peppery

  30. Glenladdie scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  31. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  32. 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?).

  33. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Let’s be clear, this is NAS whisky that’s been finished in virgin oak. What does that tell you?
    N: Porridge sour, good strength!
    T: Sour malt-distillate balanced somewhat by whatever cask influence there is. Adding water reveals its 'plain' side.
    F: Sour vanillas - mash led.
    C: Young yet not spirity, it's porridge malt all the way.

    Scores a D

  34. ApricotOne scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  35. Whiskyflasken scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Needs a couple of drops of water, but then it's actually pretty decent.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  36. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  37. karlsson60 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Young and refreshingly fruity (green apples and lemons) somewhat woody. Good example of a decent NAS. Excellent nose!.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  38. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

  39. malthead-sven scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    neat, natural and down to earth, great entry-level whisky, PLV super, certainly underestimated
    • Nose
      Fresh, green apples, slightly alcoholic but pleasant, beautiful woody
    • Taste
      quite strong, nice start, then fruity sweet, a little tangerines
    • Finish
      rather short, simple, but balanced, warm and fruity at the back

  40. mer1973 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      76 76

  41. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  42. Dramned! scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A young but still mild whisky with rich aroma and Taste. Everything not very strong and expressive, but thanks to the fresh oak note very special and different. For a little money you get a good drop that does not need to hide from some older Highlanders. In addition still ecologically produced, without E150a color and not cool-filtered. Very sympathetic and pleasant!
    • Nose
      Mirabelles, almond, spicy fresh oak, custard, a few drops of water can still resonate through a beautiful vanilla pod
    • Taste
      clear fresh oak note, yellow fruit, alcohol is present, but not intrusive
    • Finish
      short but pleasantly spicy-woody with mild fruit flavors

  43. Vegi scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A little bit out of balance, but plenty of character despite its young age. Recommended if you like your whisky with a twist, especially given the price.

  44. sopie scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

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

  45. 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

  46. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  47. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I did not like the aroma in my nose
    the first start in the mouth was surprisingly pleasant
    However, the departure with this musty wooden / cork floor on the wet cardboard boxes is really not inviting
    • Nose
      the first train is getting used to
      old damp cellar with cork floor
      behind bright sour fruits in wet cardboard
      This Kellermuff persists even after several minutes in the glass persistently
    • Taste
      he really does not invite you to try
      but in the sense of science ....
      first sweet, then drier
      Citrus, some vanilla and coconut
      green sour apple
      back out then again this Kellermuff, musty cork floor

  48. Leyoud scored this whisky 71 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      60 60
    • Finish
      80 80

  49. Leyoud scored this whisky 71 points Member Junior

    A sweet and young whisky that I find a little unbalanced. Indeed, at first the nose is pleasant with notes of lemon and white flowers but quickly masked by turpentine. Then, in the mouth the sensation is not pleasant but quickly a great freshness settles. Then a beautiful wooded finish that I did not expect. A whisky to enjoy the summer and as an aperitif.
    • Nose
      Nice with lemon smells, white flowers and dried hay. But then pine and turpentine take over.
    • Taste
      Initially, the mouth is oily and alcohol is present. There are notes of tangy yellow fruits, ginger and a peppery touch that gives the whole an interesting freshness.
    • Finish
      Surprising! A beautiful finish, a beautiful length marked by malt and woody that remain ubiquitous.

  50. speysidefan scored this whisky 66 points Newbie

    Seems very like an Irish whisky that's been put through a smoker to me.
    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      60 60

  51. Willie JJ scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    I don't know how long it was finished in the virgin oak, but it has really stamped its character on the whisky. Personally I find this enjoyable and a genuinely interesting experience, but I can see how some would not.  
    • Nose
      Resinous and redolent of fresh cut wood. Floral notes hide beneath the wood giving a piney presentation. The malt is in there somewhere, but it's not prominent. 
    • Taste
      Very sweet and slightly astringent with plenty of the resin around to give distinctiveness. There are hints of a relatively youthful whisky here, but the power of the new wood masks it somewhat. I like it but it is an unusual profile.  
    • Finish
      The peppery wood spice and a little heat come through here. Those that like their whisky 'smooth' are probably not going to find what they want here. It has a reasonable length and as long as you are enjoying the flavours it is good.

  52. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  53. webdiver scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

  54. z-imaging scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Needs some time to open up, few drops of water will help too.

  55. Fable scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      78 78

  56. Mushinico scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  57. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  58. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Scent : Bouquet of honey and oak

    Colour : Deep gold

    Taste : Soft, spicy and oak tones

  59. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Soft aromas of lemon peel, burnt sugar, apple and nutmeg
    • Taste
      A delicate flavor of red fruits such as apples and raspberries, sweet vanilla and toffee with a hint of warm honey
    • Finish
      Succulent finish, also light in flavor, slightly spicy

  60. Xstream scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    It`s a nice whisky. Didn`t like it much first, but i`m appreciate it better now. It`s the honey, vanilla & oak kind of whisky with some fruit and spices, especially nutmeg. slight creaminess too (creme brulee). Fresh and light with a hefty burn down the throat. Lovely nose.

    At this price it`s a no-brainer to at least try it. Biggest downside is that it's quite restless and sharp in the finish. A drop of water and some air makes it settle more.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      72 72

  61. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A Dean Ston whisky age without indication of young whiskys in the final phase of maturation matured on new American oak barrels, hence the name Virgin Oak. It is a light and soft whisky with pleasant flavors and tones, drink fine road and has a very low price.
    • Nose
      Soft aromas of lemon peel, burnt sugar, apple and nutmeg
    • Taste
      A delicate flavor of red fruits such as apples and raspberries, sweet vanilla and toffee with a hint of warm honey
    • Finish
      Succulent finish, also light in flavor, slightly spicy

  62. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Soft, fresh and sweet, young but surprisingly tasty.

  63. drkrylov scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Very fresh, light whisky. The palate was much better than other sensations. A drop of water didn`t make any difference. On the rocks - less spicy.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      80 80

  64. drkrylov scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Summer drink
    • Nose
      Bags of fruits and barley sugar sweets. A little lemon zing and nutmeg spice.
    • Taste
      Mouth coating and watering with candied fruits and custard cream. A touch of honey as well.
    • Finish
      Honey and malt.

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