Deanston 18-year-old

Overall rating
85.35/100
votes
485
Whiskybase ID
WB68563
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Un-Chill Filtered
Bottled
15.04.2015
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Hogsheads + 1st Fill Bourbon Casks Finish
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
P035759 L5 xx:xx 15105
Barcode
5029704218073
Added on
26 may 2015 7:34 pm by alectron
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 113.16

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Whisky reviews for Deanston 18-year-old

97 users have left 108 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.35 points.

  1. SweetPeat scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Nice whisky, very creamy from start to finish, "bright", really interesting. I have never had such strong notes of white chocolate and hay. Overall rather spicy and dry, hardly sweet, but nevertheless this association with Turkish pastries.
    • Nose
      87 87
      white chocolate, cereals, sourdough, hazelnuts, helva, pistachios, mountain meadow hay, apple, orange, oak
    • Taste
      86 86
      The aromas from the nose can be found here again. White chocolate, hay, sourdough, Helva, now more like apple kernels (slightly bitter), some white pepper
    • Finish
      85 85
      long (7/10), tenderly woody and very creamy

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  3. Petitcham scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Soft and safe, a little oily, bubble gum, western pears

  4. E_Jeon scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

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  5. dercaptain scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A lot of fruit, sweet .. a thick fruit basket
    • Nose
      90 90
      red mealy apple, ripe plums, mango, lots of fruit. In addition, a nice woodiness and vanilla. Smells very harmonious, fruity.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The fruitiness in the mouth hits the nose again, I have very rarely had whiskys that transport so much fruit aromas. Here, too, the fruits interact almost perfectly with the wood. And here, too, a vanilla or light caramel note resonates. Nice mouth filling feeling.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The fruitiness lasts a long time. But it doesn't really matter because you immediately feel like taking the next sip

  6. JoachimV scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Floral, honey, vanilla, green apples and unripe pears.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Orange peel, honey, wine gums, pineapple, pear, pepper and ginger.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium.
      Fairly dry and bitter, rather tart.

      I expected a little more from this 18 year old. While it's certainly not a bad whisky, it's not quite my thing. This whisky is not lacking in complexity, but in the taste and especially in the aftertaste I have some sour flavors.

  7. Saftkenner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice bottling with a nice drinking strength, also with rough edges. I particularly like it on the palate. According to the notes, there seem to be clear differences between the different batches.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is strong right from the start, needs a while in the glass to harmonize. She also offers a few flavors that are quite out of the ordinary in this batch. The alcohol is well integrated. Oranges, vanilla, rosemary, sage, grilled peppers, a hint of sulfur (towards the match head), toffee, quince, citrus cleaner, linoleum, fine oak spice.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Powerful and peppery attack, nice oily body.
      Orange peel, wax, oak spice, toffee, juniper, ginger, malt, green pears, quince, peach.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Mid-length finish. Malt, ginger, orange peel, oak.

  8. wako93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sweet Deanston. With typical malt and honey notes. heather. Very solid and super smooth.

  9. Lorion scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A strong palate, the nose gives me less. 82 points.
    • Nose
      Oak accented, spicy. Behind it vanilla and some tart honey
    • Taste
      Forest honey, a clearer vanilla note. Full, warm.
    • Finish
      Medium length with fine oak notes.

  10. Drum scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very mild, smooth and drinkable whisky that makes me wonder where the alcohol is? I really liked it and it is definitely one that I will buy again.
    • Nose
      Sweet, fruity and mild is my first thought. But then I still find light fruits like apple and pear, in combination with honey and wax. Yes, why not beeswax? I find it malty and citrusy aromas follow and, together with the wax, convey a citrus-scented candle.
    • Taste
      A dry, waxy sweetness with canned peaches conveys associations to fresh punch. Spearmint and menthol notes as well as chewing gum paint an interesting picture.
    • Finish
      Is he mild! Fresh and menthol dry. I have champagne or dry sparkling wine and at the very end a tart chicory farewell.

  11. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Wow, this bottle of whisky is amazing!
    I didn't know much about Deanston's character all the time,
    In the end it is good at what skills, what are the characteristics of its products?

    But this whisky convinces me perfectly,
    bourbon cask finished , un-chill filtered,46.3%,
    The almost perfect configuration has indeed given me a very perfect experience.
    I only paid about 73 euros for it, which is really nice.

    The taste score is 90 points, the price +1 point, a total of 91 points.
    • Nose
      Extremely rich flavors of vanilla, honey, ripe apple, pineapple, etc., express themselves strongly. I like this nose very much, it's like a gorgeous show, and I enjoy it.
      There is absolutely no pungent taste of alcohol lurking in it, which is a great aroma.
    • Taste
      Similar to the smell on the nose, after entering the mouth, there is still no irritating effect of alcohol. The light body has a strong aroma, I feel like I'm eating a piece of liquid vanilla cheesecake, the aroma is endless, it's wonderful!
    • Finish
      The smoothness of honey cake continued to linger in the throat, and the finish was very long. Really great bottle of whisky...

  12. hlz30 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Decent quality at an attractive price
    • Nose
      86 86
      Ligly floral and decently fruity, with green apple, ripen orange, pear, almond, toffee, butter and sage. With water it became obviously milky along with raising dough and ripen nectarine.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Crystal sugar sweetness that refreshes along with every chewing. Light bodied, with oak spices that was soft, maltiness as well as mild soft spiceness. Ripen peach, and oak extract
    • Finish
      84 84
      Drying, malty, gingery, almond skin. The woody bitterness was somehow obvious

  13. molpet scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An intelligent use of first fill and refill bourbon casks. A delightfull old school 18y bourbon matured single malt Scotch whisky for more than a fair price (if we are talking about 85-90 Euro). Sweet, malty, voluminous with significant oak presence. I am considering a rebuy...
    • Nose
      91 91
      Vanilla, malt, honey sweetness, yellow apple. Quite intense.
    • Taste
      91 91
      An explosion of flavors. The same as on the nose + spicy, slightly bitter oak. Very nice!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long.

  14. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. MLE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. glen efze scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Deanston is not a spectacular distillery, it is located a little above Stirling in the Highlands, which you actually only want to take seriously after Perth. It is about the same distance from both coasts. Centuries of tradition? Textile factory converted in 1965. That sounds boring, which might not be a bad thing if it keeps the distillery from the hype. This whisky is 18 years old, it is still the old bottling before the design change. Non chill filtered, hopefully not colored, matured in refill bourbon casks, finished in 1st fill bourbon. That sounds like ... - no, just try it.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      On the nose, the whisky is not intrusive but self-confident. There are fruits, there is powdered sugar, strong vanilla and then it doesn't get sweet and boring, but there is a fresh, sour fruit note of almost ripe greengage, which gives the whisky a pep. The 18 years are not presented by old wood or mustiness, but by yellow fruits and vanilla. And the pears here are ripe and juicy with enough acidity and strength. Since no one misses any raggedy sherry that was previously swung through the barrels.
    • Taste
      And that's how it tastes. The whisky is mature, round and anything but boring. No old wood, but strong vanilla, which joins a beautiful fruit cocktail with ripe apples and pears and a good portion of deep red raspberries and then the wood aromas come, giving strength and depth. There are red winegums (I know, they show up a lot - but I have a soft spot for Bassett's winegums, which aren't that squeaky sweet and over-flavored...) with sufficient acidity, which have been air-conditioned for some time on good oak planks. With 46.3% vol. Burn Stewart standard strength, the whisky has just the right drinking strength for the aromas to unfold.
    • Finish
      A nice finish with vanilla, pleasant oak and hints of ripe fruit and ripe red berries.

      A two year older Denaston with Oloroso finish totally let me down, it was sulphurous, overpriced and not fun. This Deanston is the complete opposite: it's delicious, still available for half the price of the sulphur, and definitely delicious. Boredom? Not a second!

      We're always panting for the darkest, most mature whisky, drinking our way through copious amounts of acrid sulfur whiskys or hyper whiskys that taste like the sweet cough syrups of our childhoods. We rightly hated them back then, what's going on?

      This Deanston offers beautiful aromas, good maturity, decent oak, has enough complexity to smell and taste, is easy to drink and can still be financed at 18 in 2022. Thumbs up!

  17. Killswitch scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  18. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind tasting
    • Nose
      light fruits, herbs, floral notes, honey, nuts, some malt and light grain notes. The alcohol seems well integrated
    • Taste
      slightly sweet start. Lots of light fruits, floral notes, herbs, some honey. Again, light malt and grain notes
    • Finish
      sweet and a bit nutty with light fruits, rather short, some milk chocolate resonates

  19. DramALife scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    S 4
    Unpleasant nose: Flavours are masked by oil

    N 19
    Oily
    Honey
    Citrusy
    Floral at the back

    P 21
    Vanilla
    Mildly peated
    Orchard fruit
    Citrusy remains at the back
    Malty

    F 20
    Mid-short finish
    Oak spice, malty barley notes lingering
    Mildly minty

  20. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      80 80

  21. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Quite simply kept, clean in its aromas and no off notes. Harmonious, balanced and pleasing, but without shining with special features.
    I remember a Glenlivet 12y Illicit Stills more intensely.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Restrained and calm, very well integrated alcohol, not stinging in the nose here. Light fruits with some cooked apples, pears, peaches, light vanilla. I also think I smell something nutty. Hints of oak spice in the background.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Mild and pleasant. Honey, caramel, light fruits again, only subtle oak spice comes out.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, sweet with fruit and some honey, becomes dry and slightly spicy on the tongue, medium intensity here as well.

  22. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Civil Code XVIII #3
    Delicious Ex-Bc Plörre with a pleasant balance between sweetness and spice, which also has a very harmonious effect over the course of the wine. Not yet tropical fruit old, but not really young anymore either.
    • Nose
      Colour: yellow gold. Is rather thin in the glass, with isolated, fast-running legs.
      Odour: Spicy-sweet. Barrel spice, subtle glue, vanilla, blossom honey and earthy potato peel. A floral note emerges later. You can really smell it in deep breaths. Nothing stings.
    • Taste
      Soft and mild start. Honey sweetness, vanilla, subtle barrel spice that develops towards candied ginger over time in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Nice finish. Very round and balanced between sweetness and spice. Honey croissant and ginger jam. Quite a long tingle on the cheeks, but overall a rather medium-length finish

  23. DillaDonut1 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. valasios scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Old School Whisky.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  26. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/11/27/scottish-drive-by-2021-part-6-6-swaggers-in-campbeltown/

    N: Contemporary style, the best bits of,…
    T: Same again. Beautifully crafted single malt whisky.
    F: Oak sherry bourbon spirit,…. all blending so well.
    C: A solid all-round go-to.

  27. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/11/27/scottish-drive-by-2021-part-6-6-swaggers-in-campbeltown/

    N: Contemporary style, the best bits of,…
    T: Same again. Beautifully crafted single malt whisky.
    F: Oak sherry bourbon spirit,…. all blending so well.
    C: A solid all-round go-to.

  28. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/11/27/scottish-drive-by-2021-part-6-6-swaggers-in-campbeltown/

    N: Contemporary style, the best bits of,…
    T: Same again. Beautifully crafted single malt whisky.
    F: Oak sherry bourbon spirit,…. all blending so well.
    C: A solid all round go-to.

    Scores 87 points

  29. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 46.3%
    Aroma: Full of fruit, baked apples, pears, toffifee. Above that, cinnamon, a new spice. Rich, warm, calm. (87 b)
    Taste: Sweet honey wood, floral-fruity line, oak in the aftertaste. (85 b)
    Points: 86/100
    Summary: Tasted at the Whisky Festival 2021 in Malá Morávka. Classics. Good whisky, nothing more, nothing less.

  30. MickMatrix scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The second try with air exchange in the sample bottle is much more pleasant.
    The wort is then no longer so dominant.
    I don't think he would have needed the finish in 1st Fill Bourbon barrels for me.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruit and seasoning in lockstep. You are almost overwhelmed by the bright and almost tropical fruits as well as the strong spiciness. Nutmeg, and also some pepper. Black tea. Unripe apricot.
      The alcohol carries the whole thing quite well. Great strength and intensity.

      Vanilla then creeps up behind the fruit compote. A sweet toffee note always stays in the background.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Also very pleasant in the mouth. Not as spicy as feared, but clearly. The fruits from the nose give way to the vanilla and the well-seasoned cake batter. Overall, the fruits become even more ripe and also a little darker. I even think I have to think of raisins or plums. The mouth is pleasantly lined with the wort. Here, however, the flavor dominates too much for me.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Mainly caramel and oak spice remain. Has held up for a long time. The fruit also shows up again with ripe pears or a ripe apple. Fits well into the overall picture.

  31. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  32. domani scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    No fruit bomb, no potpourri, but mineral and earthy and with an intense sweetness. I like the character of Deanston - 7/3/2021
    • Nose
      88 88
      Slightly fruity at the beginning, orange, orange oil, becomes increasingly mineral and earthy over time, cereals, some vanilla and toffee, brown sugar, shortbread
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very sweet, brown sugar, becomes slightly sour in the meantime, sourdough, fresh ginger, orange, very oily, roasted aromas, toffee, chocolate, chocolate muesli, grain, malt sweetness, forest honey
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium length, sweet and sour, orange peel, malt candy

  33. riegerjonas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2021-06-03
    • Nose
      86 86
      Wax, honey, oak barrel directly present, sweet-chocolatey, fruity-floral, apple, (pineapple), mirabelle plums
    • Taste
      85 85
      intense old vanilla, minimally spicy, gentle dram, (milk) chocolate
    • Finish
      85 85
      gentle and ordinary

  34. etwa77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This 18 yo Deanston is evoking the Old Pulteney of the same age, minus the sea salt.. plus a touch of the herbal funk that has made me quite fond of this distillery. Very nice, drinking whisky.. not necessarily a daily sipper, but a friendly, drinkable week end compagnion.. the vanilla on the nose is almost warm and very inviting, followed by fresh apples, thyme honey and perfumed flowers. A velvety kick in the taste buds, at once spicy and delicate.. a little sweet and a little dry.. not complex, but tasty.. milk chocolate over crispy cereals tasty. Not much of a finish, but who needs a finish, when you got a bottle?

  35. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Looking at the average score I realize it is not just me who is a kind of baffled by the recent Deanston hype. Maybe it's the younger bottlings? Still have to try the 12 yo. But this one, albeit bottled at a good strength, does not amaze me. Pretty alright Highland malt, not all notes are pleasant, a bit meaty at times. Oh, well...

  36. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant all-rounder who does a lot well, but nothing particularly good. Sweet, some oak, some fruit, not very exciting, but tasty.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Somewhat metallic and earthy, plus a lot of honey. Light and dark fruits, including apple, plum, pear, oranges, with raisins, milk chocolate and vanilla. Nice, maybe a little too quiet.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Soft texture and creamy. There is a lot of vanilla and honey in the mouth, and more "dark notes" are noticed than in the nose.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Sweet and creamy, medium length, with a pleasant oak bitterness.

  37. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A great and wonderfully balanced whisky! Fresh fruits, creamy sweetness and a delicate, spicy wood influence.

    Perfect!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Wonderful fresh and juicy summer fruits, plus a sweet, refreshing splash of lemon and orange. In addition, a nice sweetness towards honey and caramel, in the background then delicate spicy wood and some fresh herbs. Also spices, some chocolate and delicate notes of nuts.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pleasantly spicy, a bit tart, with a wonderful honey sweetness, light summery fruits, fresh green herbs, tart lime, candied lemon peel.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pleasantly tart, delicate dryness, plus relatively fresh fruit notes, honey sweetness and sweet herbal notes.

  38. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  39. Foudos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  40. sidqi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is a robust whisky with very decent bourbon notes.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Robust and spicy,creamy and malty,a little grassy,honey,barley sugar. Gingerbread,tangerines,strong toffee note.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Intense and balanced.Sweet and spicy,creamy,malty,pineapple,with berries and fruit jam,a little bitterness.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long and warm,malty and spicy aromas.Bitter tangerines.

  41. meijer87 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  42. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    12/12/2020

    Sweet and malty, vanilla and caramel and a nice fruitiness. This is how I imagine a well-matured malt from ex-Bourbon barrels.
    • Nose
      Vanilla and caramel, plus a citrus fruit flavor with peaches. Sweet malt, hazelnut and distinct oak.
    • Taste
      Oily and strong attack with plenty of oak flavor. Also here sweet with vanilla, caramel and peach.
    • Finish
      Oak spice with peaches and some orange zest. With freshly baked malt bread.

  43. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  44. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A very "dark" ex-bourbon maturation: don't expect much in the way of fruitiness or vanilla. Instead, it's full of charcoal, dark roast aromas, and oily "workshop" associations (wood, metals, grease, grime).
    An all-bourbon number for European-oak sherry fans?
    A winter whisky from first-fill barrels?
    Certainly an interesting and idiosyncratic bottling.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nice balance of oak and spirit. You really get the sense that this is Deanston, with all these greasy, grimy, dark "boiler-room" aromas on full display. Very thick and weighty, and the (seemingly freshly charred) first-fill bourbon barrels used in for finishing add lots of sweet, woody, resiny goodness. Not very fruity, to be sure: at most, I can talk myself into some ripe pineapple and sweet orange. Other than that, it's all on stout, fudge, malt and dark-roast coffee.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Definitely wouldn't have needed more than 46 percent – it even benefits from a generous splash of water as it is. Nicely sweet and dark attack (salted caramel ice cream, dark chocolate and licorice), followed by a wave of sweet orange juice and an impressive spice spike (a bit peppery/gingery, but not uncomfortably so). Goes out spicy and charcoal-y, with plenty of roast notes.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Dark and oaky again, with caramel, chocolate, and ripe orange, but also a curious fizziness that lets it lose a few points in my estimation.

  45. besar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  46. 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.

  47. maltaholic scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Nice, woody aroma.
    Purebred.
    Without a lot of frills.
    A light sweetness, some vanilla.
    Something stinging in the nose.

    First mild and creamy on the tongue,
    then a bit bitter.
    Spicy, malty, woody.

    Yes, you can drink it well.
    But he's far from being as expressive as his 2 year older brother ...

  48. mothers_finest scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  49. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 06-26-2020 in Oberstaufen.

  50. 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.

  51. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 05-22-2020 at a blind tasting with Whisky Jason.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  52. Likudi scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  53. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 821: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ueZnfCtRYE (87/100).

    "This is really an arrival style of single malt. Most of what's happening is happening in the arrival. Prolonged arrival, shorter development."

  54. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  55. Stef89 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Quite nice but not more. I'm better used to Deanston.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Very cute. After brown sugar and rock candy. Such a really creamy mellasse. Some creme brullee comes through and somehow some menthol.
    • Taste
      82 82
      In addition to the sweetness from the nose, the taste also has a violent, sour note. In the end it becomes bitter, astringent.
    • Finish
      79 79
      The finish is now only astringent and alcoholic.

  56. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  57. Bam scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nice, coherent standard.
    • Nose
      Malt and bread notes, toasted bread, broich, yeast dough. Then a heavy apple aroma and strong honey. Milk chocolate. Above all there is a very pleasant oak note with cinnamon and cloves.
    • Taste
      Light, sweet start, silky mouthfeel. Immediately again a lot of apple, with a little cinnamon. Honey, orange. The oak tingles pleasantly on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Medium length, apple, cinnamon, cloves, milk chocolate, a little orange.

  58. IIIZIII scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Light, freash fruits, grainy, unripe banana. It smells much younger the 18 yo. Vanilla custard, honey, a hint of toffee, very fresh, almost green, springtime complexity. Lowland character
    • Taste
      Very sweet arrival, and a medium intense development with a steadily growing bitterness. A medium finish with a bitter complexit that lingers.

  59. Joint86 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    He took a sample for home tasting after trying a 15-year release at the festival. The 18 year old has disappointed. For its exposure, it is completely dull. 15 is much more interesting and rich
    • Nose
      80 80
      Inexpressive, calm. Hay, malt, moss, ripe leaves
    • Taste
      82 82
      Simple for 18 years. Tart, sweet, slightly spicy.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium duration. Spicy, warm. Pretty nice

  60. ballunder scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    An uncomplicated and sugary malt. It bucks the trend of using a sherry finish to "add complexity". Quite sweet and crunchy sugar. Really enjoyable example of ex-bourbon. Goes down rather e-z.

  61. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet; fresh herbs; Caramel and vanilla; a nice fruity note; slightly in the background a delicate oak; very sweet again Saliva production starts with the smell;
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet; then slightly bitter; spicy; Herbs; sweet again; Citrus clear; Vanilla; then comes a delicate oak tree; fruity; malty; again citrus; nice spicy note, but not too spicy; clear bourbon barrel to recognize (citrus, herbs and refreshing)
    • Finish
      88 88
      first oak, then again clearly citrus and fruit; slightly bitter; then sweet again with vanilla; Oak stays constant

  62. diamond2000 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: open, fresh, woody sweet. A lot of varied wood, old furniture, lacquer, fresh wood freshly painted with oil paint, eucalyptus cough drops, distinctly conifer needles, pine resin; sweet mint After that, sweet candies, caramel and vanilla continue all this; with time, sweet dough for baking, pleasant malt motifs appear.

    Taste: bittersweet, hints of soap (!), Washing powder (!), Light ginger, burnt caramel, herbal tincture, a bit of oak tannins, burnt crust of Borodino bread.

    Finish: bitter soapy, with a light honey sweetness, again herbal bitter, light spices. The average length, good soap notes immediately go away and remain sweet and bitter herbs.

    Rating: 80

    The bottom line: what is it? Is it legal ?! Or just an unsuccessful sample or batch?! ... quite pleasant in flavor, I can even say with some idea .., and here such is the taste of soap, detergents, the finish is also slightly better than taste, not so harsh chemical detergent notes.
    This is a failure, I do not know, probably a bad batch.

  63. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A subdued and unostentatious all-Bourbon 18 y.o. More on the spicy and weighty side than on the light and fruity one. Plenty of thick, caramelly roast and/or burnt notes (lots of barrel char, I'd wager). The darker side of ex-Bourbon maturation, if you will. No faults or off notes, but also nothing that makes it especially stand out. In comparison, the 12-year-old is more lively and more impressive. However, if you like your malts dark, earthy and spicy, and want a change from the sherried stuff, this is worth your attention. I like it, but I'd still rather buy two bottles of Glen Scotia 15 than one of this - for pretty much the same price.

  64. craide scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Actually a very nice malt. But at the price there is much that is much better.
    I liked it so much. But again I do not need that.
    Too bad, the 8y Bordeaux Cask was very good.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Relatively gentle start. From time to time slight metallic stinging in the nose,
      Already strange ... then vanilla, caramel and behind it some forest honey, hay with a light citrus note.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Beautiful slightly spicy oak with a little bit of lemon quickly turns into light bitterness. Behind it some malt green apple. Taste better than in the nose.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Middle run finish, it remains slight bitterness and malt. Spicy oak remains

  65. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/whiskylive-2019-day-1-part-2/

    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!

  66. dramspotter scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      figs, fruity, aniseed, leather
    • Taste
      aniseed, orange peel

  67. schengel10 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A serious and good highland malt!
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      pleasant vanilla, caramel, floral, sweet, woody aromas;
    • Taste
      very powerful start; fruity like a fruit-maker (apples and pears); Fudge, toffee, not very complex;
    • Finish
      medium-length strong intense finish; something oak sounds;

  68. Martin1965 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Citrus, honey, vanilla, oak, hay and apple
    • Taste
      Sweet, oak, honey, vanilla, peppermint
    • Finish
      Long with oak

      Much more complex than the 12er - also a must have, one can only recommend

  69. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Overall good bourbon barrel aged malt. But ultimately there is a lack of more complexity for a higher score.
    • Nose
      84 84
      malty-sweet; Hay; fruity; Caramel; Heather honey; Herbs; behind it some oak
    • Taste
      85 85
      malty-sweet; fruity; spicy; Vanilla; a bit nutty
    • Finish
      82 82
      spicy; increasingly slightly bitter; a malty character remains; Oak comes out more and more

  70. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  71. captain_k scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I think this drop is better than described by some here: a nice drifty daily dram. Meanwhile, sometimes as an offer for a reasonable price (about 65-75 €) to get.

  72. Moritz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  73. Moritz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.

  74. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  75. dRambo scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      70 70

  76. dRambo scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    The nose develops from disgusting smelly to not so delicious smelling, and then at - "more than a dram nobody needs" ends;) taste is ok, but not my thing. Had problems to empty the dram. Thanks Community I only had to buy 2cl - would always prefer the 12er.
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring in, I get a touch of milky acid baby puke. with some time in the glass - honey, metallic bitterness, graphite dust - nutty, oily, earthy, clarified butter, raisins, malt
    • Taste
      sparkling oak with lemon, lemon zest, ginger and mint, slightly mineral, slightly bitter - increasingly dry
    • Finish
      The beautiful fruity taste components disappear first - what remains is edgy, malty, tannic spicy, mineral and slightly alcoholic burning bitter. - that lasts long on the tongue

  77. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  78. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Orange, honey, mango. Grassy, ​​hay. Citrus, and what Dreft.
    • Taste
      Very light pepper, sweet, honey, little chocolate, hint of caramel
    • Finish
      Light peppers, sweet, honey. Mid-length. Milk chocolate, a little caramel

  79. RichardMayston scored this whisky 56 points Expert Senior

    Does nothing for me. 
    • Nose
      Orange 
    • Taste
      Ginger pepper 
    • Finish
      Short

  80. 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

  81. djmaxliving scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose - Floral, fresh honey, sugar, yeast, orange peel, light sweetness, mango, toffee, mineral and baked fruits.

    Taste - Yeast, barley straw, fruit, bitter, crisp, full mineral note

    Finish - clean, mineral, sweet and bitter.Comment - A little water improves the flavours and the character is the best feature of this whisky. A slow sipping malt, quite giant but matured excellently. 
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  82. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  83. Andy-13 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    03.06.2017 Whisky-Stammtisch

  84. spigray scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  85. spigray scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    quite good on the palate and in the finish. the nose is ok but not overwhelming. takes drops of water but don´t overdo it!

    85/100
    • Nose
      initially spirity and oaky, hope that changes. rather dark profile with dust and earth, malt, brazil nuts, graphite. noses creamy (I know that sounds stupid).

      but in fact there´s some whiffs of cream and caramel and perhaps some white chocolate
    • Taste
      not as creamy as expected, malt, caramels, chocolate. the second sip was really good and very harmonious. like a praline. as for spices we have cocoa, allspice, pepper and traces of cinnamon.
    • Finish
      long, malty and chocolaty.

  86. FernetBranco scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  87. Rowald Sweet Empire scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Not as powerful as their sherried drams but still very good. This one has a very flavoursome toasted barley/bourbon vibe. Candy for grown-ups. Caramel. Chocolate. And a little dirty edge. Deanston is on top of things.

  88. GIORGOS scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  89. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  90. yggr scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  91. Anuminas scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  92. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      70 70

  93. 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.

  94. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N- Vanilla, damp wood. Honey and green apple with whiff of floral. Water drawn out ginger and fresh cut red chili.

    P- Rich vanilla and honey sweet with hot ginger, tart citrus peels.

    F- Long, with chilli spicy going on and on.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  95. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      First sand and some sulfur, then fruity and flowery. Yellow apples, unripe banana. Some honey and fresh sawdust.
    • Taste
      Malt beer, apples, cornflakes, chestnuts. Slightly bitter spiciness.

  96. Mascht scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Iodine, light, fleeting, flowery, slightly maritime
    • Taste
      round, oily, European oak, bitter orange
    • Finish
      Long

  97. p4blo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    18 years, you could expect much more from a whisky of such age. Not this time.
    • Nose
      Resembles the Virgin Oak expression a lot with a slight note of chemicals (paint thinner, varnish), greener notes of plant stems, some sugar, vanilla, apple, pear, green tea and gooseberry. Richer and drinkable, but far from impressive.
    • Taste
      Cheesecake, a slight hint of chocolate, honey and some tropical fruits. Not very pronounced, quite shy, but maybe it's for the best here.
    • Finish
      Quite long on biscuits and heavy oak influence with tons of spices and a slight bitterness.

  98. 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[-]

  99. Butz75 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  100. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Mango

    Deanston used to be a cotton factory until 1966. Until 1971 they put Old Bannockburn on their label. Only after the distillery was taken over by Invergordon, in 1972, did they change it to Deanston. In 1982 it was closed, but in 1990 Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd gave it a second lease on life. Only 15% of the production is meant for single malt, the rest goes into blends with Scottish Leader as the main one. These single malt release – Bourbon Cask Finish – was launched in 2015. It matured on ex-bourbon casks and then got a finish on first fill casks from Kentucky.

    On the nose, I get mildly burnt sugar (not quite caramel) with of sugared almonds and coconut. Quite some honey. The whole is a bit dusty, like sitting in the attic. Sunflower oil, hint of café latte. The fruit is kept under wraps for a long time, but finally some papaya and mostly mango reveal themselves. Not unpleasant.

    The arrival is soft, mildly spicy with a bit bitter note. Grapefruit, orange zest, ginger and a hint of chocolate. Mango juice. Toasted bread. Breakfast cereals. All of this drenched in honey.

    Fairly long finish on orange peel and ginger.

    This is almost complex. But just a tad too bitter to be very good. Around 100 EUR.

  101. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Lemons, pear drops, apples salt, distant smoke, wet wood, sawdust, wax, banana, plasticine
    • Taste
      Citrus, a little vegetal, wax, honey, hay, wet wood. 
    • Finish
      Medium. 

  102. Goethe scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10 (2016)
    • Nose
      Caramel, fruits, citrus, a touch of vanilla, pears.
    • Taste
      Fruits, spices, hints of spirit, pears, green apples.
    • Finish
      Medium. Caramel and a touch of oak.

  103. 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.

  104. captain_k scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  105. Whisky_Momente scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      79 79

  106. LordBellamy scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nose: barley, malt, porridge with honey, subtle sherry notes, marzipan, rose water, oak Taste: grain, malt, only subtle sweetness / honey Finish: medium length, barley, sherry, marzipan, honey, oak, light spice, barely dry Water brings nothing new - 80 points

  107. 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

  108. Ciro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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