Deanston 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Un-Chill Filtered
Stated Age
18 years old
Hogsheads + 1st Fill Bourbon Casks Finish
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
26 May 2015 7:34 pm by alectron

Average value

€ 99.36

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston 18-year-old

88 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.26 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    After TBWC stand, I’d no specific plans. Brian Houston from Deanston catches my eye so I decide to refresh my memory of Deanston’s new-found excellence after a distillery visit there in 2017 [blog].

    C: The 18yo shares a similar pleasing profile to the 12yo with something lost & something gained – plenty gained actually. Both crackers!

  2. Moritz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Great whisky, everything fits here. Very complex, all flavors complement each other ideally. Great drops.
    • Nose
      Very fruity, apple, pear, turns into tropical fruits. Delicate vanilla notes and a hint of spiciness.
    • Taste
      Oak spice turns into vanilla and caramel notes, which are replaced by very intense fruits. Great complex, everything very harmonious.
    • Finish
      Medium length, mango and peach notes are in the foreground. In addition, subtle cocoa notes.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Deanston is owned by Burn Stewart distillers which in turn is owned by South African company, Distell. Distill’s home brands include it’s ‘Three Ships’ single malt and ‘Bains’ grain. Back in Scotland, [Distell’s] Burn Stewart’s leading blended Scotch is Black Bottle & Scottish Leader whilst Scottish distilleries in their portfolio include Bunnahabhain and Tobermory. Deanston of late has had some serious re-investment including the opening of a visitors centre in 2012. Furthermore their core range currently [2016] consists of singe malts and vintages, bottled non-chill filtered at 46.3% with age statements - so on paper they are showing serious intent. Whilst the NAS WB showed more the distillate, let’s see what decent maturation can do to the spirit. This 18yo has seen 16 years in bourbon before being finished [or re-racked] for 2 years in oloroso.

    N: Mushroomy malt [from the cask surely], leathery too with smelly socks accompanying - but that'll subside as the whisky opens up.

    T: Theres a touch of jam [from the oloroso I would have thought], and that finish has proved valuable. Underlying and representing those first 16 years however is that bourbon-oak-fungal which is rather fine.

    F: Bring on head nodding and some ‘dad noises’. Nutty, malty tannins permeate the palate for a long finish with that fungal oak there to the last.

    C: Meant to go back and try it again later in the day. Will visit this a bit later on in the year. On first impressions I think this is fab.

    Scores a B

    A revisit came sooner than i thought, just two weeks later.

    N: Consolidated nose [Glengoyne like]. The sherry no doubt has had a significant influence in tying it all together.

    T: Lots of sherry at first but its the 16 years of bourbon that make all the headlines.

    F: Yet, ‘stop press’ - the finish is worth a line or two also. Bubblegum [from the bourbon no doubt] into creamy cream moving to white chocolate caramac.

    C: Whatever we thought of past bottlings in the late 1900’s [doesn’t that sound archaic?], in 2016 Deanston is darn decent.

    Scores a B[-]

  4. Arquebus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Despite the fruitIness from the bourbon casks this is an accomplished and savoury Highlander.
    Nose: floral, tropical fruits, mirabelle plums. As it opens it becomes more intense. Gorse flowers, honey, some spiciness- vanilla sponge soaked with peach/apricot syrup- knitted together by hints of sherry, light oils (linseed, flax) icing sugar - but big on fruit esters - ripe banana, pineapple cubes and a lick of polish.
    Taste: dry but well balanced sweet/ bitter combo, touch of heat, touch of saline - and a lingering finish with the whole panoply of fruits and sherry playing out - complimented by some restrained oak .
    I paid £47 last Christmas for this - craft presentation, 18 yr old at 46.3% this was A+++ value for money.

  5. Likudi scored this whisky 85 points Shoplink Moderator

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

  6. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    a solid malt, I miss the kick
    • Nose
      dark, slightly metallic note, lemon, malt and sweetness, later vanilla, slightly oak, nail polish, nut (hazel or whale)
    • Taste
      soft and oily on the palate, peach, wood, sweet, slightly caramel, malt will intensiever with time, the alcohol is well bonded, moist cardboard
    • Finish
      medium long, warm, sherry, bitter

  7. Allandale scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Matured on second and third fill hogshead, finished on first fill bourbon barrels.  A lovely good Deanston.
    • Nose
      Malty character, with honey, tropical fruit and vanille. Very present milk chocolate . Nice sweet.
    • Taste
      Full and complex, honey and spicy on the top.
    • Finish
      Long, between sweet and spicy, again the milk chocolate .

      Lovely sweet character.

  8. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A delicious and complex dram. Really loved the honey nut crunch note in the taste. 
    • Nose
      Honey in honeycomb. Light wood. Quite malty despite its age, porridge and marzipan. Sweetened nuts. Caramel toffee. Bit of a creamy not. Coffee with milk. There's a bourbony fruit note present but quite hidden. With time a fairly powerful woodspice note shows up and the fruits develop more, papaya, coconut, lychee and mango peel. I know there's no reason for it, but I'm also picking up a slightly winey note on this. 
    • Taste
      Kellogg's honey nut crunch. Bitter wood. Juicy pineapples and papaya. Orange peel. Chocolate. Woodspice. Hints of ginger snaps. 
    • Finish
      Long. Bitter orange peel and woodspice and ginger right after the swallow, some malted milk and tropical fruit follows up.

  9. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Yummy, they've gotten damn good, well matured, full-bodied, tasty, it makes your mouth water. Only the price is howl. :-(
    • Nose
      sweet and fragrant, honey, candy, toffee, hay, meadow herbs, cereals, slightly spicy
    • Taste
      full-bodied, fat sweet and spicy, honey, candy, toffee, gingerbread - nutmeg, cardamom, orange peel, chocolate
    • Finish
      long, dry, bittersweet and spicy, slightly peppery

  10. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Round, solid, I think it's not bad.
    • Nose
      Beautiful vanilla, malt, light fruits with a slight hint of citrus, orange, peach, light nut arises later.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly soft, the light fruits are back, peach, malt, light oak flavor. This remains and becomes slightly bitter.


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