Deanston 20-year-old

Overall rating
87.54/100
votes
502
Whiskybase ID
WB75098
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Un-Chill Filtered
Bottled
05.08.2015
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
8400
Strength
55.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
P036620 L5 xx:xx 15217
Barcode
5029704218202
Added on
04 dec 2015 8:48 pm by QuarterCentury
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 192.62

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502 × member ratings

883 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Deanston 20-year-old

122 users have left 134 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.54 points.

  1. Bembel scored this whisky 100 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Beguiling sherry bomb! Tart with sulfur (I love it!), old musty wood, peach, rum-soaked raisins, caramel, toffee, vanilla, citrus.
      Heavy oily in the glass.
      Highly complex nose.
    • Taste
      Dryness and sweetness dominate. Behind it again the sulfur with dark fruit, oak, tobacco, oranges, ginger spiciness.
      Then creamy/buttery on the train.
      A lot of salivation.
    • Finish
      Medium - long. warming. Tart and sweet at the same time.
      coffee, wood, nut. Continued salivation.

  2. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    ... love this style with strong Oloroso Sherry governed by creamy whisky. fresh fruit, leather, pipe smoke from my grandfather and dates with a long finish in cold ashes and nuts ...
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  3. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is just amazing stuff, first time I had it in my glass was 2015 or 2016. Loved it immediately and so I bought some more bottles. Lucky me.

    Complex nose, you smell the alcohol but not really disturbing. Raisins, leather, wood

    In the mouth creamy, a bit of sweetness from the Oloroso Sherry, a touch of bitterness but not unpleasant with some oak

    Medium long finish, stays in the mouth.

    Tough to describe, great one no doubt

  4. Froendi1988 scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

  5. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Notes from an online blind tasting...
    Great part.
    • Nose
      Colour:
      Amber

      Nose:
      The colleague already had a lot of air in his glass...
      Chewy caramel, vanilla and a pleasant sherry aroma. Neat woodruff. Plus a little smoke. Very harmonious. Raspberries, light cherries, a pinch of physalis, mint, sour Haribo coke bottles.
      With even more time in the glass, some lovage.
    • Taste
      Soft, full start. Pleasant creaminess. Then again the light fruit aromas. Plus honeydew melon. Salted caramel, vanilla, plums, hints of leather and hay. Bit of liquorice.
    • Finish
      Long. Creamy. Slightly nutty with chocolate and nice sweetness.

  6. WhiskyMue scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      An impressive nose if you're comfortable (like me) with sulphurous, match-head flavors. These are fairly prominent, but are accompanied by a few others: vanilla, preserved cherries and plums, toasted caramel, nice oak spiciness, greasy potato chips, damp cellar, green apple, citrus notes, tart blackberries, pipe tobacco.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very nice, strong start - tingling - and also a full, almost oily body. Here, too, the (pleasant) sulphurous aromas are very superficial. In addition, the caramel note is very concise, then vanilla, plum compote, old wood, chocolate cake, orange zest, malt, nice oak spice.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long finish, very slightly dry. Oak, sulphur, caramel, cherries, chocolate.

  8. FeydRautha scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Jimbeau scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      First of all: It is quite sensitive to the glass and comes across best in the Premium Snifter by far.

      Sulfur - but not rotten for me, as partially criticized here, but in such a way that it enriches the aroma if you can get along with this note halfway.

      Otherwise: Colorful berry mix, sage, grapefruit, citrus fruits, complex and interwoven, mint, lemon drops, fresh coffee grounds, blueberries, tropical fruits and light wood. I also like the gooseberries mentioned by dRambo.
    • Taste
      88 88
      First hot and peppery, then more and more juicy fruits shine through and there is a sweet-hot interplay with fresh citrus fruits, ripe berries, stone fruits, ginger and chilli. It's got a lot of steam!
    • Finish
      88 88
      In the finish, the fruits become drier, oak comes over, again grapefruit and mint, menthol, a bit chocolaty.

  11. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Malthead19 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    COLOR: copper
    - a special "interesting" taste
    - definitely not for beginners, extremely strong and very
    substantial
    - urgently needs water
    - quite bitter and bitter, you have to go with it for a long time
    occupy, nothing is suitable for a drinkable drink
    - quite expensive for the quality shown
    • Nose
      full sulfur note, very pungent and unpleasant, dark fruits and dry sherry in the background, europ. Oak, walnut (with water the smell of sulfur goes away a little)
    • Taste
      sparkling start, powerful, full dry sherry note,

      with water: dry sherry note, very intense, tart-bitter, very spicy and strong, burns slightly on the palate despite water, very dry character, dark fruits, old grapes, strong, almost unpleasant oak
    • Finish
      medium-long finish;
      medium-long fruity-dry aftertaste with spice and slight bitterness

  13. Mankut scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Actually, this great 20 (only 20 year old) would have earned 100 points.
    What can such a drop do after 35-40! Years in the barrel.
    A dream of Oloroso Zucht …… I drink whisky for such experiences ????.

  14. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very intense and voluminous malt with its own character. In my opinion, the barrel pretty much dominates here. The aroma is very heavy, a bit too much for me in places. Above all, the great fruity-sweet finish is convincing.

    Nice bottling, I would still use the Deanston bourbon cask stored variants.
    • Nose
      88 88
      At first quite syrupy, oily fruit notes. Extremely intense. Appears really 'creamy' on the nose. It's hard to describe at first, it is such an interwoven fruit syrup-muff-vanilla potpourri. After a while, sweet-dry nut notes come through, as well as chocolate and melted marzipan. Accompanied by red fruits with a slightly sour touch. Somewhat (sweaty) muff of old sherry mixed with properly boiled down syrupy red fruit soup. Maybe some sulfur?

      A really very concise, voluminous and heavy aroma.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lots of chocolate and vanilla, quite oily sweet fruits, just as great sweet citrus notes. Even turns into a hint of lemonade. The alcohol content also ensures a not so subliminal tingling sensation. It tingles pretty badly. Nice old sherry notes show up, but in places even merges into the tropics. Always accompanied by a prancing sour note.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Extremely oily, sticks to the palate. The red fruits are clearly visible again, paired with sweet vanilla and cocoa. Surprisingly little bitter, rather lovely with a red fruit basket. Remains quite a long time.

  15. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  16. etwa77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    technichally, it is flawed.. artistically, i like it very much.. if this were figure skating, i'd give it a 5.5 and an 8.5 out of ten, respectively.. the spiciness that remains after the veil of sulphur has lifted is like the crisp pure morning sun after a cloud-heavy, rainy night

    5.5 and 8.5 should make a 7.. but i push it up a little

  17. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    First I was amazed by the Oloroso as if this malt formidably blinds your eyes for its faults. The second time I tried it a friend wanted to sell his half full bottle to me. He, too, was amazed at first sip. Then I noticed the sulphur and kindly declined his offer. This malt is complicated, maybe it must be opened and finished in one night by multiple people. Definitely an attention wh*** and not and easy sipper.

  18. glen efze scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A 20 year old Deanston that was bottled back in 2015. Aged in Oloroso barrels, not chill-filtered. They do not give any information about the color. The label lists water and malted barley as natural ingredients. But they would hardly have made the whisky without yeast.
    • Nose
      This will be a whisky that will divide spirits, as the first nose reveals. There are nice notes of sherry - but there is also a massive sulfur that bites your nose. And for me that is a clear mistake in whisky. This is a whisky straight from the hell, the acrid sulfur touch pushes all other notes into the background. If you try to hide it, juicy plums and nut chocolate appear. That could be a nice Oloroso whisky.
    • Taste
      In the taste, too, the noticeable sweetness is dominated by acrid fireworks notes that lie dry and dusty on the tongue. Then there is the soapy aftertaste. The alcohol is also strong with water - or is it actually the sulfurous notes that I find biting? I don't like this whisky!
    • Finish
      In the end there is a soapy protein note, which I have with sulfur whisky and which I find extremely annoying.

      If you look at the ratings and reviews in the base, opinions actually differ about this whisky. The sulfur note is actually liked by others and praised as a special feature. This is incomprehensible to me. I think the sulfur destroys everything that can be imagined in terms of beautiful aromas, fruitiness and Oloroso flavor, but cannot develop because the sulfur blocks my taste buds.
      A ripe whisky that unfortunately has a sulfur flaw. It has nice sherry notes, but comes with clear egg-sulfur notes in the smell and taste, which take away the value of the whisky.
      The whisky was the most expensive of my whiskys in 2016 (122 €), but unfortunately it's not worth the money because the sulfur devalues it. Without the sulphurous note it would probably be a great whisky ...

  19. nicNZ scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Fantastic thick funky syrup of a whisky. Gobs of egg and savoury sweetness to be sound
    • Nose
      93 93
      ozone, Sulphur, sweetness, shy on the nose, egg, cheese, red fruit sweetness underneath it all
    • Taste
      96 96
      Egg and meaty, with rich red syrupy sauces, more Sulphur and funk.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Eggy and blue cheese, savoury and sweet

  20. rudisunshine scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    https://malt-review.com/2016/03/09/deanston-oloroso-20-year-old/

  21. Holzwurm scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  22. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      musty, spicy, peppery
      Tobacco
      nutmeg
    • Taste
      hot alcoholic
    • Finish
      nutmeg

  24. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Oh yes sulfur ... Kind of putrid, herbs, matches, some honey, strawberries, wood, citrus, dried fruits
    • Taste
      Honey, strawberries, wood, coffee, pepper, get really dry in the mouth

  25. AnnEm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Herbal honey (typical for me Deanston), rancid butter, sour and nutty, fresh tobacco leaves. Bookshelf, slightly waxy (letter seal in the men's room à la Jane Austen's "Persuasion"). Wet oak barrel. Some fresh herb I can't think of a name for. Beguiling, somehow oriental-looking fragrance essence like in a hammam. I also have matchstick sulfur.

    Mouth: Oloroso, herbs, oak flavor. Sweet and sparkling.

    Finish: sensational mouthfeel. Buttery, dark chocolate with a nice melt, forest honey. The tannins come at the end, my mouth becomes dry.

    Conclusion: Yes, it is dirty on the nose (pleasant for me), but for me after emptying the glass, a nice ethereal honey herbiness remains as a memory. A dream whisky for me.

  26. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  27. WillWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  28. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  29. robse211 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  30. EvilAFI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It does have a obvious sulphur to it, not overpowering but indeed there. Otherwise a sweeter sherried expression that borders on artificial flavor. If you are a Deanston fan it is worth it.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sulphur tinged dark sherry, salted caramel,
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, fruity, stewed strawberries, topped with salted caramel, light spice
    • Finish
      85 85
      Spices and tart end of the sherry linger.

  31. Gregers scored this whisky 55 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      60 60
      Wool, wet dog, burnt sugar, mushrooms, cloves, wet embers, and sulphur, sulphur, sulphur. Afraid to taste this stuff.
    • Taste
      56 56
      Oh no, even worse than the nose! Cherry pie, too much muscovado sugar (as in much, much too much), distinct flavours of gasoline and cooked apples with cinnamon. One to avoid at any cost.
    • Finish
      50 50
      Leaves odd notes of soap, sulphur, and raw potatoes in the mouth. Simply put, this is a crime against humanity.

  32. Najzero scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    The days are over, that this bottle is "medicore" for me.
    Nearly 2 years ago it was good, but not overwhelmingly good.
    Today, IT IS.
    Old Style oloroso, high abv... And that slight tainted taste ("Schwefel", the Devils Piss)
    Gonna grab every bottle I can find for a reasonable price for my collection to be able to enjoy this for years to come. In my top 10 of all time (somewhere between place 8 and 10)

    EDIT: 2020. Every time I come back to this malt, it becomes somewhat better. I don't know if everything else in comparism became worse... but this Deanston is something really wonderfull. Nearly every whisky I used to love, got framed by other spirits in some way, that those are "good" but not "wohooo" good for me any more. Not this Deanston. It gets better with every year of whisky tasting I got in my taste buds. It's a DAMN shame this stuff will not be remade (the new 23 lacks something)

  33. craide scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great interesting Malt with a lot of variety. Beautiful variety of flavors, plus 55%. I like it very much. Can I drink it?
    Definitely has dilution reserves.
    • Nose
      91 91
      gentle start, clear, but not disturbing match sulfur note. Then beautiful fruit and slightly sour with strawberries, raspberries and apple. Sulfur fades slightly and develops in the direction of fresh hay. Cocoa comes through nicely. Alcohol is barely noticeable to me. There is still a lot to discover.
    • Taste
      90 90
      nice fresh, sweet start. light refreshing mint, more oak spice with a little vanilla / caramel sweetness. A few spices such as nutmeg, white pepper come through, a little chocolate, everything is well balanced and full-bodied. Sweetness is in the foreground with me.
      Leaves a very pleasant mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long with oak, some coffee and slightly dry. Nice contrast to the sweet mouthfeel. Finally a departure of the desire to do more.

  34. thijs100 scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    This Deanston is riddled with sulphur, which completely ruins the whisky for me.
    • Nose
      Hello sulphur! Pretty intense. Boiled eggs, but also like struck matches, way too over the top, making it hard to focus on anything else. A hint of cinnamon, somewhat sour, a touch of candy cane. Luckily it gets a little better with time. Scratch that, my mistake, still very sulphury.
    • Taste
      Damn, the sulphur continues here as well. I might as well stop making tasting notes.
    • Finish
      Sulphur.

  35. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very interesting malt with recognition value. The said sulfur note is palpable but still in the frame, nevertheless slight deduction for it. Overall, a nice malt, although now quite expensive.
    • Nose
      86 86
      creamy; fruity and sweet; Vanilla; Caramel; Butterscotch; raisins; slightly sulphurous in the background
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong start; sweet; slightly sour notes; Dried fruit; raisins; Chocolate; spicy oak; a little sulfur
    • Finish
      87 87
      Slightly dry; nutty; spicy oak

  36. fradin11 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  37. Prodigy scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    Struck matches and sulphur. If you are sensitive (like me) stay away from this one

  38. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  39. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      A moldy tree covered with weeds, ferns and mushrooms. A winter log cabin kind of setting. An unopened cellar/cabin for a long time. Sour cider Mash.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fruity sweetness. A spectrum of balance between citrus and cashew fruits. Jackfruit, mango, strawberry and blood oranges. That mouth watering compote which your Eastern European friend makes.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Good balance of dryness. Slightly medium to a weak ending, oily, spicy like peppercorn. A tinge of orange like sourness ending.

  40. Moses scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Balanced and versatile as a really good whisky should be. A masterpiece in every way. And a real bargain when viewed from the PLV! House whisky.
    • Nose
      He starts dark and heavy. Gone are the days of grassy lightness. He asks for water and then he becomes free. With a dark, fruity sweetness and a fine matchstick scent that transitions directly to cigar leaves, it won't let go of your nose. Sorry, ... but really cool! Yeah
    • Taste
      Now things really get going. Wow. The spice immediately dances pleasantly on the tongue and the mouth becomes even sweeter than the nose. Everything comes through like dark chocolate, orange peel, toffee and nutmeg. It comes salty, sweet and sour at the same time and demands a second dram :-) A dream.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, it stays cheekily spicy with oily sherry notes. Rather nutty, peppery and warm, it moves there and can be celebrated. Very good bottle!

  41. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A limited and also very good malt, but at an exorbitant price in stores!
    [color]: copper;
    • Nose
      quite severe sulfur note, dark fruits behind, dry sherry, spicy oak, nuts;
    • Taste
      powerful, sparkling, hot and spicy Oak (burning), dry sherry, raisins, berries, tobacco, spices;
    • Finish
      long, dry finish; spicy aftertaste;

  42. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Yes, the much-maligned sulphur is there alright, in the guise of matchstick heads and lit firecracker fuses. The sulphuric aspect is very similar to some of those "wine-treated" (i.e., Paraxette-soaked) 1988 Blair Athols from Signatory.

    However, if you let it breathe for more than 30 minutes in the glass, things begin to improve. Now the yeasty, robust distillery character comes through, which is a big relief. That being said, the sulphury sherry still provides a definite "new year's eve" feel in the background, which may be too much for some. Truly a beastly experience and not mellowed by age very much.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Yeasty and sulphury, with spicy cinnamon and sour red fruits. With water what appears to be American-oak influence can be coaxed out: bright "yellow-pulp" fruits (peach and pineapple) and marzipan shine through. After the first sip, baking / christmas spices join in. The sulphur recedes with more time in the glass, yielding floral and woody accents.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A splash of water goes a long way in taming the palate on this one. Compared to the nose, it's massively woody, and very spice-forward: freshly crushed black peppercorns, ginger, nutmeg. Fruity, with noticeable acidity. Sweet-and-sour development, on berry fruits and orange rind. Sadly, the sulphur definitely drags it down, especially toward the end.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Not as long as one would wish, and a bit "hollow" and spirity. Fruity in an acerbic way, with some tart tannins; still considerably sulphuric. A rough fellow, even at the death (and beyond).

  43. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    11 months post-tasting: My 86 points from January 2018 were not a daily form. Now, after tasting, he would do even worse with me. Since I can not rule out that this is due to oxygen contact (sample test), it remains there.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  44. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Well, I like damn it. But can also understand that you do not like that. He already has grades that are not for everyone.
    • Nose
      The famous sulfur notes. For me it's firecrackers and wet pencil with eraser. Additionally rotted, rotten, mossy wood. Then mushrooms fried in butter. Now come also fruits. However, less sweet, but rather sour. Sour berries z. B. red currant. Also rhubarb. Cooked sour cherries with a dash.
    • Taste
      Of course, the sulfur does not hide here either. In addition, initially a buttery mouthfeel. Butter bread. Maybe some yeast. I also have Hefezopf with almonds and raisins. Then again sour notes. First berries, but then it's almost in the direction of citrus fruits. Something that tingles on the tongue. Effervescent chopsticks (raspberry).
    • Finish
      The tingling still remains. Magenbrot. Nuts. Forest floor. Sawdust. Dry.

  45. Stef89 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  46. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  47. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Heavy, sulphury sherry bomb from a dirty, dirty cask. I love these kind of whiskys. Not overly complex, but very intense. Hate it or love it I´d say…
    • Nose
      Notes from a blind tasting!Heavy sherry influence. Dirty cask for sure. Lots of sulphur and sweet, dried fruits. Carried by quite powerful alcohol. Hard to get past that. Distillery hard to say. Fresh sherry all over the place. Could be pretty much everything. Reminds me of some 1988 “wine treated” (paxarette) Blair Athols from Signatory and vanWees like Whiskybase-ID 63057.
    • Taste
      Powerful start. Initially sweet. Then turning quite spicy before the heavy sherry influence kicks back in. Sourish, sulphury again. Appears kinda mature. But once again it´s really hard to find anything else besides the spicy sherry.
    • Finish
      Not that long. Sourish, oaky. Can´t even come close to the nose and taste. 

  48. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  49. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    interesting very special, yummy, different
    • Nose
      sour fresh very complex match-sulfur-note, pomegranate, blackberries, sea buckthorn juice, a certain metallic note that has nothing to do with "youth", the acidity is very fresh, strawberries,
    • Taste
      slightly alcoholic, then much sweeter than the nose would suggest, mint, increasing oak spiciness, vanilla sauce, tingling dynamically on the tongue - fresh acidity, light match notes
    • Finish
      astringent, dry, mint, chili, nuts, chocolate, toasted cereals

  50. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  51. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The first contact in the nose is already violent. This is true, if you have taken the first sip, but that is already scratching my hard on a false note. If you like this note of sulfur, you will certainly not be unhappy with the whisky, although in addition to the sulfur it could have been a little more exciting. If you are averse to sulfur, you will not want to make friends with the Deanston 20.
    • Nose
      Uh, a sturdy note of sulfur, as I have seldom experienced so far. Sherrynotes try to get past the sulfur; it does not succeed, it stays putrid. A mushroom-covered, rotting tree. Moldy and drafty cellar. Dead mouse. Moldy fruit in open jar. That costs already overcoming, to take the first sip.
    • Taste
      Not so bad as feared, more monotonous than expected. It starts to tickle vigorously on the tongue, there is a small alcoholic touch noticeable. Woody and dry right at the beginning, dried fruit such as figs, dates, plums, apricots, of course sulfurized, with the sulfur on the tongue is not as intense as in the nose. Sweet honey, pine needles. Heavily flavored pipe tobacco.
    • Finish
      Medium-long and dry, coffee beans, spices such as nutmeg and oregano (which is a mixture), pepper and tart herbs.

  52. BehindSpace scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  53. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    nööööööööö, too musty / rotten from the ges. Impression, a dirty bastard
    • Nose
      without: tropical fruit, fruit brandy, slightly sweet with: even sweeter, malt comes through, musty
    • Taste
      full and strong on the palate without: cardboard, musty, red fruit, oak with: malt, raisin, maggie herb to the end
    • Finish
      long without: sulfur, rotten, sherry, oak with: the mustiness increases, peach

  54. Bidule scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    In the end a superb sherry bomb. At more than 100 Euros I would say that the nose disappoints frankly, but the price at which it can sometimes be found (80) is a superb whisky.
    • Nose
      On the nose it is very fruity, and yes unfortunately if we look good we can smell the sulfur, the boiled egg ... really bad.
    • Taste
      wow. Fruit explosion. Excellent
    • Finish
      Long, hot, gorgeous

  55. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  56. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Big fat Sherry, quite fruity, vanilla, chocolate, walnut, almonds, red raspberries and hints of oak

    Taste: Quite some red fruits, chocolate and tobacco, full and creamy. Wouldn't have guessed that this one is at 55,3% avb, it goes really well with this whisky.

    Finish: dark bitter chocolate, bit dry, with a nice lingering fruitiness!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  57. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  58. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N- Warm and dried sherry with heavy dose of banana, fig and, prunes. Spicy, resinous and sweaty wood., goes on with butter cookies, square biscuits, follow by dried hawthorn and dried leafs. Highly evolving, but well behaved.

    P- Sweet pickled ginger with bird's eye chili, generous offering of matured wood fragrant from the long aging process. Fine old leather. The spiciness get quite fiery and stays.

    F- Long, rich in flavours, gentle and velvet on texture, peppery spicy at the back.  A thoroughbred sherry matured. "Exactly As It Should Be" as acclaimed on the label. — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  59. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Who likes sulfur, will like this one, has very beautiful varied notes, not at all the 100% "übersherryte" berry compote of otherwise, very much!
    • Nose
      Intense burned match, this particular, still interesting kind of sulfur (no rotten eggs), burnt leaves, a certain sherry sweet in between but without fruit rather, mushrooms, compote with some figs in all, very concentrated and half-closed, hothouse hay, after eternal time a little honey and red apple with peel far behind
    • Taste
      First, the cooled matches, beautiful roasted aromas of chestnuts and hazelnuts together with the woody sulfur, vegetable garden, mushrooms, then the massive, very own sherry, orange peel, grapefruit, sweet malt, honey with thyme and rosemary in it, sour apple peel to the rear, something Plum and date in between
    • Finish
      Apple peel, dry, astringent oak, malt, candy, honey, medium-long

  60. fileosoph scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  61. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  62. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Actually really horny, full, fat, sweet, but ... 2cl poured and after 1cl's taste was actually enough, almost a bit penetrating, already a little too much of the good. Too much sugar in the coffee, too much Maggi in the soup, too much red wine in the goulash ... so sparingly, dear many, very small drams! ;-)
    (So ​​140 € or 2 € per 1cl-dram are not that much.)
    • Nose
      a bit snappy, match -> + drops of water: warm, slightly mossy-mushy sweetness, lots of milk chocolate (goes in the direction of Storck giant with time, some sweetish tobacco, sugar beet syrup ... and a bit tickled always burned match and some acidity in the nose
    • Taste
      full-bodied, intense, very sweet, Storck giants, wild honey, raisins, later sugar (beet) syrup, plum jam, some pepper ... and there is also something earthy, a touch of mushrooms
    • Finish
      long, very (almost sticky) sweet to bittersweet, neat pepper

  63. hempboy scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The sulphur is over powering.  There are many whiskies for which peat or sulphur add to the body, but this is too much,  I've seen a lot of youtube reviews that don't even comment on the sulphur, I assume the reviewers cannot detect sulphur at all.
    • Nose
      Sulphur (like boiled eggs).  It takes a while to get past this, but eventually demarara sugar, sweet dates, raisins and plums.  Rich leather, hints of wine gums
    • Taste
      Full body, likely from the sulphur, sweet raisins and preserved plums. 
    • Finish
      medium long, warming.

  64. ApricotOne scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  65. Dram The Man scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  66. St. Pauli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The issue with sherry maturation is that it needs to be monitored precisely in order to deliver the right character of whisky. Some of them are pretty austere, bitter, with dark notes, and dark fruit. Others are rather sweet, and very much on dried fruits. This is somehow in the middle. This could be associated with complex, but in this case I disagree and call this "stuck in the middle". It's not unpleasant, but somehow the various tastes seem not the best match to me. The best part was the finish, which is long and very pleasant.
    • Nose
      The nose comes across as dark, damp, and sweet. It's quite suphuric (fireworks, gunpowder tea), and very raisin-y (sultanas).  The dampness is reflected by this sherry note, combined with dunnage warehouse. That's a tad monolithic I would say. After a while, a sour note of orange juice joins. Even later, damp oak (some vanilla too) completes this pleasant, yet not so complex nose.
    • Taste
      Thick and sweet associated, yet with a tongue tingling bitterness of the tannins. What's in the nose, is in the taste. It's just that the wood comes a little bit more to the foreground, and gives some additional spice.
    • Finish
      Quite long and spicy, with plenty of pepper, apple treacle (appelstrop), sultanas, damp wood and even venison gravy.

  67. domani scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A great whisky - 05.03.2017
    • Nose
      An enormous fruit bomb streams against you, plum, raisins, dark cherries, oranges, the sherry is clearly noticeable, dark chocolate, the alcohol holds back comfortably
    • Taste
      Sweet and dry, heavy, intense, slightly peppery but on the whole the alcohol retains its flavor as far as possible and the aromas are wonderfully carried, dark heavier sherry, tobacco, leather, woody, ripe plums, sweet dates, orange peel, dark Mousse chocolate, cocoa
    • Finish
      medium

  68. Noface83 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Nose: wonderful nose with my beloved sulfur. In addition a lot of fruit (dates and raisins), capers and old wood. Not extraordinary complex but damn delicious! The alcohol is present but never disturbing. If you give it some time it opens up and the heavy notes make room for other fruits (vineyard peach) and a touch of marzipan.
    Taste: intense and full, the nose continues seamlessly with sulfurized raisins, back plumps, tobacco, chocolate cream and spicy oak. The finish is medium long with beautiful sherry sweetness, cappuccino and peppery oak. But here I would have liked something more endurance.
    Great malt that meets exactly my taste profile. But understand that he is not the darling of them all. The initial price of just under 100 EUR was also fully okay for this quality.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      88 88

  69. Rowald Sweet Empire scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Perfect marriage between oakiness and sherry maturation. This whisky delivers everything you want to find in a whisky. A fine complex sweet creamy fruity chocolately yet spicy palet. Truly beautiful!

  70. onemr did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Good

  71. Luigisim scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The cask is too predominant and cover most of other sensations

    The whisky is quite balanced in mouth but this wood taste is too strong

  72. vojt466 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Good and interesting whisky
    • Nose
      Butter biscuits, floral tones, vanilla, strawberries, cherries. The water feels like chocolate cake, sour cream and oranges
    • Taste
      In taste, peanut butter, nougat, coffee, buttery, caramel, hints of chocolate sour cherries, a bit of salt and alcohol
    • Finish
      In reverberation again nuts, cream, cake and alcohol of course

  73. Bona scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    This whisky is for me a single false note (sulfur) with lots of Oloroso sherry. Unfortunately, the sherry does not save the whisky - well-intentioned 82P, I do not find it tasty and the nose is absurdly strange.

  74. Kalle208 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      sweet fruits (banana, ripe peaches) and vanilla, caramel, sherry, chocolate, heavy in the glass
    • Taste
      Sweet (fruit and chocolate), aromatic tobacco, vanilla, very creamy and mouth filling
    • Finish
      first peppery, then sweet oak, slight dryness, long warming finish, no bitterness

  75. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  76. jankes scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  77. Koalafant scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting "Blind Guardian" of Holzwurm
    A great drop - that much is certain for me - with a range of flavors that is rather untypical for a Scots or Irish. So my guess is a Japanese (Yamazaki?) Or a Kavalan in drinking strength and
    forgive - tadaaaa - 92/100 points.
    • Nose
      In the nose he "attacks" me unprepared with a full fruit roar. This is less sherrytpic, more like from a wine barrel storage. At the beginning I make orange and mango and a very light essential freshness. After a while it disappears
      this freshness in favor of the fruitiness. The whisky becomes more and more liqueur-like ... very nice!
    • Taste
      So, now try who ma!
      Holla! The drop comes with an almost unbearable sweetness ... in the best sense! In this potpourri of fruit notes I can again make out mango and orange, but I also have memories of multivitamin juice with honey and fruit compote made from exotic fruits. A feeling spreads in the mouth as if the tongue wanted to stick to the roof of the mouth ... crass! So far I only know of a similar aroma picture from Kavalan and Yamazaki.
    • Finish
      In the long aftertaste, this malt inspires (I would like to commit myself to that point) with its warming character and a nice dryness that perfectly balances the sweetness in the mouth.

  78. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  79. Opeth83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  80. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Opens slowly. Pears, plums, raisins, leather. Mineral and slightly alcoholic.
    • Taste
      Subtle sweetness, sparkling sharpness. Slight bitterness, mineral water. Remember Campari soda.

  81. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Cappuccino

    This Deanston has reached a respectable 20 years of age, was finished on Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at cask strength. This is only the 10th Deanston I try, but certainly the oldest.

    I get a dry, sweet nose on dades, Seville oranges, hazelnuts and… oops, a bit of sulpher. Luckily it is not dominant. Far from it, even. Thyme, cloves and tobacco. A hint of plums and chocolate milk. Despite the light sulpher, this is actually very nice.

    It is very creamy and sturdy on the palate. Sweet and sour on plums, pomelo, dades and chocolate. Immediately very spicy: cinnamon, cloves and loads of black pepper. Nuts return. Cappuccino.

    The finish is very long, very piquant and drying.

    It seems to me that the Deanston spirit was too delicate to deal with the active sherry cask. It became unbalanced. The sulphur is not helping either, of course. Around 150 EUR.

  82. Butz75 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  83. Glennie scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  84. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  85. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  86. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    But a very delicious sherry-old of time in the glass needs no water, the slight sulfur note is not disturbing for me. In my opinion, the nose is the taste and finish a little behind, the creamy-chocolate notes I like a whisky very much, but it is therefore just a hype? Do I have to bunker several bottles? Not for me, but I'm glad to have tried it.
    • Nose
      great sweet-fruity first nose with milk chocolate, slightly bitter nuts and oranges, a certain sulfur note is also present but not too disturbing, creamy vanilla, marzipan and Butterscotch, plum, dates, orange peel again, a bit earthy, there are the strawberries and oak The alcohol is felt in the nose but not overly. In the meantime (about 45 minutes) the sulfur is still in the background at most, in the second nose again intense sherry aromas with nuts and typical Olorosofruchte
    • Taste
      sweet, creamy, sparkling, strong and sweet and fruity, butterscotch and clear chocolate (milk chocolate and white), raisins, some salt, leather and oak, minimal sulfur, saliva-stimulating, great alcohol, with the ginger Schäfe I can go too
    • Finish
      warming with nuts, creamy chocolate, dried fruits and plums, strawberries and clear orange, raisins, now rather dark chocolate, oak, no sulfur, medium-long and finally drying

  87. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  88. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose: plums, milk chocolate, marzipan, some gunpowder (is that the sulfur? Smells pleasant to me), raisins, an alcoholic note Taste: orange marmalade, slightly bitter, coffee, some pepper and something spicy that I can not believe, dark chocolate Finish: medium, oak, dark chocolate, dry and warm With water it is even fruity in the nose, then I have a few lighter fruits, but in the taste he then but after, more than a few drops may not be for me.

  89. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  90. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Lovely with sweet and fruity notes. Wild berries. Strawberries. Apples. Fruit tea. Marzipan. Salt. Some lemon abrasion. Milk chocolate. Oak.
    • Taste
      Complex. Sweet with marzipan and beet juice. Nuts. Something sulfur. Salt caramel. Milk chocolate. Oak spice.
    • Finish
      Long. Beet juice. Liquorice. Wild berries. Herbs. Some bitter orange. Tobacco. Drying with dark chocolate and espresso. Again sulfur.

  91. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Sample from Tom03. Overall a little to much sulpher and normaly I can have some sulpher as it is in balance.
    • Nose
      Sulphur, liquorice and earthy - mushrooms. Syrup, orange. pepper and fudge. The first sniff has to much sulpher but it is gone fast fortunately and changes to liquorice and earthy notes.
    • Taste
      Full with pepper, orange, raisins and again a trace of sulper. Dates, syrup, tobacco and later malty and some citrus.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with orange, pepper, malty and some soapy notes. Later syrup, chocolate and nuts.

  92. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Well. It is certainly a good to very good Sherrymalt.

    But I do not understand these waves, which have recently been kicked off at every useful dram and make for a no longer comprehensible price spiral. Here I am out.
    • Nose
      Milk chocolate with fruits. Strawberry, wild berries, bright fruits in syrup, raisins. The famous-infamous sulfur note is actually there, but personally does not bother me. However, if you concentrate on it, it can take over.
      In addition to the chocolaty-fruity elements, some vanilla and sherry-typical earthy notes, the alcohol is also noticeable.
    • Taste
      Again chocolate-fruity-sweet. Fruit in honey, red fruit, raisins, forest soil. Then barrel, oak, leather, tobacco.
      Again, sulfur and alcohol are again felt. Unfortunately a bit out of round, but delicious. With water: Water harms the malt mE Less intense fruit, a little more lovely, the sulfur does not disappear.
    • Finish
      Mitel long. Some oak, tobacco, fruit.

  93. Bishlouk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I find the nose really great, I would get lost hours. By cons I find the mouth a tad too vinous for my taste, and the final a bit too short (and ending too abruptly, not enough in "soft slope"). This Deanston is nevertheless a very good whisky, well made, very pleasant, greedy, and balanced. An official bottling far from disappointing (which becomes too rare and deserves to be highlighted).
    • Nose
      Powerful and greedy at the same time. The Sherry is very present, and well wooded. Lacquered wood, dry black grape, black plum, hazelnut dust, burnt caramel, sweet tobacco, black tea, and spicy chocolate. Among others. Because it's really complex and it feels super good.
    • Taste
      Liquorous, almost creamy. The dried fruits (grapes, apricots) are mixed with successive woody and vinous layers. Exotic spices dance in all directions. Caramel coats dried fruits, while bitter dark chocolate sneaks at times.
    • Finish
      Average. Dark chocolate fades quickly, leaving behind its slight bitterness. The winey acidity, sprinkled with peppery spices, is more present.

  94. Segens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Wow for me one of the best sherry drams around 100€. I love it!
    • Nose
      Great nose with a lot of milk chocolate and sweetness of plums and apples as well as a hint of honey. I can smell this dram for several seconds. Excellent!
    • Taste
      Sherry Bomb with a lot of sweetness of rock sugar and oranges. Quite different from the nose but still an excellent dram.
    • Finish
      Also the finish is excellent where I finally have the oak and pepper on top.

  95. Wild Thing scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  96. Wild Thing scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    In the aroma he likes me quite well, in his mouth he lusts a bit for me. I see it like Dieter, for 100 € yes but not more ...
    • Nose
      Raisins and plums come out of the glass first. Now I find chocolate and a light alcohol note, but nothing bad. A little oak and vanilla. The sherry is quite strong, I would say, but sulfur?!? I think it might be sulfur at first, but I am not sure because the raisins and plums come directly.
    • Taste
      Dark chocolate, orange peel and pepper and some salt, mixed with caramel. Slight Bitter notes.
    • Finish
      Medium to long I would say, warming with some oak and bittersweet chocolate will be drier towards the end.

  97. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A stunning dram from Deanston with a gorgeous nose and a brilliant
    taste! Powerful but soft at the same time. Rich, complex with depth and a
    perfect balance of fruitiness, sweetness and warming spiciness. The
    oloroso sherry casks deliver a superb aroma spectrum without masking the
    distillery character. No water needed for this impressive and
    flavourful beauty.

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776/
    • Nose
      The sherry is obvious but very pleasant and not overpowering at all.
      Delicate fruity aromas emerge with plums, apples, peaches and tangerine.
      Soft, rich and creamy with lingering vanilla, toffee, bees wax and a
      whiff of oak. Very aromatic and appealing. You can nose this for hours.
    • Taste
      A sweet and fruity start on the palate. Lovely notes of tangerine,
      peaches and oranges complemented by an intensive load of spices - oak,
      cinnamon, and white pepper. The high alcohol content results in a
      significantly warming mouthfeel which is very pleasant. Becomes drier
      once the warmth fades away. Delicate flavours of dry plums and fresh
      hazelnuts linger with a delicate waxy note towards the creamy finish.
      Intense, but smooth and exceedingly flavourful.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and full of delicate nutty flavours. Sweet
      honey and tender fruity notes deliciously mingle with fine oak and a
      whiff of pepper on the tail. Creamy, even chewy and very tasty.

      WITH
      WATER: Water enhances the fruitiness on the nose with more apricots,
      peaches, and luscious oranges. Restrained sherry flavours, mixed with
      lingering toffee, vanilla, bees wax and a whiff of creamy oak. The
      fruitiness continues on the palate with apricots and peaches playing a
      dominant role. Spiced oak and black pepper mingle with cinnamon and
      dried dark fruits in the back. The finish is medium long, honey-sweet
      with sticky fruit and a soft spicy backbone.

  98. Dieter_W scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    with 100 € it's over to Deanston € 100 not more.
    • Nose
      soft - velvety - sweet Rumtopf, some fermented fruit, Vollmichschokolade, brown sugar candy - sweet fruit gum - slightly noticeable alcohol
    • Taste
      not quite as sweet as the Nosing - nougat - dark chocolate - the alcohol is also noticeable here With water: no big change maybe a bit drier. Does not tolerate much water
    • Finish
      medium and dry

  99. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  100. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    n: an intense and fresh oloroso aroma. sorry I cannot find any overboarding
        sulphur notes, that so many people complained about.
        there are not so many dried fruits. we are more on the orangey side. a little toffee
        and hazelnuts. maybe a few cherries. the oak is there but not loud at all.
        I remembered it as more intense and also more complex but I also remember
        that when I tasted it for the first time I just had finished a dram of an old
        palo cortado.
    t:  much more intense on the palate with the same sherry profile. juicy mouthfeel 
        and a fruity attack. immediately behind a strong spiciness with lots of cinnamon
        and a little vanilla. like first class cherry pastry. very good!!
    f:  relatively long on cherries and cinnamon
    comments: not quite as good as I remembered but still a delicious dram
       

  101. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      without water: quite behave but clearly sherry; little alcoholic; overripe, red apples; sweet; Hazelnut; something leathery with water: rounder and sweeter
    • Taste
      sweet; strong; slightly bitter walnuts and orange peel; Milk chocolate; slight tingle; gets drier
    • Finish
      warm; a little musty; Orange peel; sounds slowly

  102. Prodigy scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    Sulphur alert!
    OK quality overall, but you will have to cope with sulphur.
    84/100

  103. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherry, vanilla, raisins, plums, salty seabreaze, nuts.
    • Taste
      Sherry, oak, spices, wax, nuts, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Rich and mouthfilling. Long and warm.

  104. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  105. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    My favourit Deanston whisky!

  106. Shane_IL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A hefty, dry sherry bomb. Not my style, but a fantastically well produced whisky. Quite a different Deanston.
    • Nose
      Big hit of dry sherry. Woody nuts. Sulphur. Raisins. Prunes. Stewed apricots. Bitter oranges. Unlit virginia tobacco. Bit of worn out army boot. Light wisps of woodspice and malty grains. 
    • Taste
      Very "big mouthfeel", again dry sherry dominates. Sour fruits, grapefruit, sour plum, pomelo rind. Big dose of nutmeg and allspice. Some nutty sweetness comes through, bit of malted milk too.
    • Finish
      Long. Very dry. Sherry. Wood. Lingering woodspice. Dark bitter fruits. Bitter dark chocolate. 

  107. ASWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    ranking 1st nose and mouth, 2nd finish for a ü 90 he has too few flavors and too little tension
    • Nose
      heavy sulfur
      still delicious for me
      but neutral it should be already too much
      Chocolate with rum raisins
      intense dense notes
      a trace of alcoholic
      not complex but intense
    • Taste
      In the beginning again very light alcohol
      like rum-raisin chocolate
      On the palate, age and cask come into their own and mix with the sulfur
      I like this
      but it's a bit too much to be really good
      also here as in the nose few intense strong aromas
      quite delicious
    • Finish
      weak, slightly alcoholic the whisky just sounds without bringing something new or more

  108. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A nice sherry whisky, very sweet and very tasty.
    • Nose
      Sweet and a lot of vanilla. Over time, it becomes a bit more fruity, maple syrup, a little bit of oak, bedded in a lot of sweetness. But delicious.
    • Taste
      Strong, but right from the drinking strength. In the sweet still swing with Toffeenoten, which I know from the sherry keg. Milk chocolate is also included. I really like it. Strong, but mild, A slap with the velvet glove, or something like that :)
    • Finish
      Become bitter on nuts, milk chocolate and toffee, some vanilla should also be there.

  109. art-bett scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I like it very much. Warm the Nosing glass for 10 minutes in the palm of the hand and the dram develops. In terms of taste, Deanston could have been 10 years older. 91 points Edith. Back in the glass tonight. Must give the Malt 1 more points !! Just delicious ......

  110. Helgo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  111. Helgo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Since I'm a little late, I was a bit influenced by the laurels and already made Notes. However, this SM meets almost all my requirements. Unlike many others, I like this type of sulfur note very well.

    Minimizes water.

    Very spicy, not too much sherry sweetie! Like on the basis of the beautiful sulfur notes and had evoked associations of older Bunnas with me ....
    Compliments to Deanston and Burn Stewart Distillers!

    Thanks to strong for the sample when I had already completed the topic.
    • Nose
      "Leftovers in the old earthenware workshop", malt, sulfur, some oak, a lot of spice, raisins and plum compote.

      With water overripe fermented fruits come to the fore. The sulfur note gives way a bit.
    • Taste
      Nice oily, malty and salty. Orange and chocolate follow a light pepperiness. Wood, light roasted aromas of roasted almonds

      With water: softer, more fruity and sweeter. Also nuttier and less pepper. Tobacco and coffee flavors
    • Finish
      Long and warm, slightly peppery, a little wood and spice. Finally a little dryness and some fruit.

  112. Carsten scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color: amber Nose: sherry beast - warm by hand to tame and / or give time in the glass. First sulfur (which flies with time), then dominate typical Oloroso notes (wet wood, bitter chocolate, orange peel). Various other notes in the background ... salt, earth. Over time, sweet toffee notes and plum jam come to the fore. Very exciting and varied. Body: oily Mouth: Alcohol clearly noticeable, but not unpleasantly hot. Bitter wood notes, orange notes and caramel fight for victory Finish: medium / long. Dry wood notes mix with sweet caramel Conclusion: 90P. Rough, wild and dirty ... something for lovers of sherry bombs

  113. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 62 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, I have to agree with the opinion of RichardK. Very closed nose that dissolves little or nothing, even after adding a few drops of water and half an hour in the glass. The taste is very sulfurous and the finish was almost non-existent as far as I am concerned. Perhaps there are indeed very good and much less good bottles of this expression. In any case, I'm glad that I did not go with this umpteenth hype and kept it with a sample. A huge disappointment ...
    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      60 60
    • Finish
      58 58

  114. Daan Tje scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  115. bakerman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is the best (heavily) sulphured whisky I ever had. Without it would be 90+ liquid gold. Still fascinating and very fairly priced!!

  116. Torfding scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      spicy, heavy and sweet, ripe to overripe dark fruits and pears, oak, sherry (gradually evaporates and gives room to the other scents), vanilla, caramel, dirty sea air
    • Taste
      very strong, clearly sherry and many sweet notes, oak, caramel, honey, some pepper and a hint of iced coffee
    • Finish
      medium to long; sweet spice, warm, sherry (lingering longer)

  117. RichardK scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    Did something happen to my bottle? I cannot believe all the enthusiastic reviews. It had an interesting nose, but after that it became very sour on the taste. Each sip more and more sour and I started to dislike it. Now I cannot taste it anymore without the sourness... therefore I am unable to rate it above 80...

  118. rottendon scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This is an excellent bottling, which the distillery has put together here. Everything is right here. It is to be hoped that this can be reproduced in the future.
    • Nose
      Dense, sweet sherry tones, highlighted with sweat right at the beginning. It develops bright fruits (apples), many candied fruits and a salty Kuhstallnote that reminds something of Springbank. With marzipan and malt. A touch of sulfur resonates. The whole thing warms up, caramel comes to the fore, but the nose stays a bit dirty.
    • Taste
      Also in the mouth clear sulfur and a good portion of salt. Dominant are sweet honey and sherry fruits, and the oak tree beats hard at the back. The mouthfeel is pleasantly oily, lots of power, but the alcohol is well integrated.
    • Finish
      The finish is on the pleasantly harsh side, after the sweetness stands for a while as an antipole. Overall, the finish is quite long and sounds nutty in the end.

  119. Noface83 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Nose: raisins soaked in rum, a slightly tart note (could be a subtle hint of sulfur), red berries and the remains of a fresh orange, wet wood, already some oak and chocolate is to be guessed, a light alcoholic mint freshness comes through occasionally. But the good one generally has a nice fruity and spicy sherry nose. The barrel is extremely dominant. I like it.
    Taste: spicy tingling start with sour sherry notes, raisins, overripe plums, rum soaked in rum, a lot of oak, the fruity sweetness rears briefly again but is immediately caught by the oak again. Beautiful toffee nut and chocolate flavors dominate the medium-long and dry finish at the end. Very warm, he goes down the throat.
    A truly delicious barrel with lots of oak and a hint of "dirt". I really like it and worth its money!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  120. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I can understand why he is currently on everyone's lips. Since this was only my first Deanston, I can classify him there badly, but regardless of that I find him very successful.
    • Nose
      Beautiful fat nose, clearly sherry, very fruity, many fresh berries, sweetish and sweet, but behind it also heavy ripe dark fruits, plums, also spicy, leather and iodine, and above all a nutty veil with chocolate, something like noble drops, with water come out a little tender notes, such as lemon peel and mint
    • Taste
      very creamy, very light raspberry, intense, then nut, roasted nuts, hanuta, or just the often quoted Nutellatoast, a touch of sulfur, but very well fitting, behind it also sweet fruits, more on the palate, plum jam, the nut note is very dominant , he brings a dose of peppery pungency, he is not weak on the chest, a drop of water helps here and also opens it up a bit
    • Finish
      very very creamy, still hanuta, bit by bit some fruit comes through again

  121. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  122. Zumbar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  123. Speedo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Rich and sweet sherry is immediately present, rum-raisins, vanilla and wood dominate the first impression. Behind it are light notes of forest fruits and alcohol.
    • Taste
      An interplay of spicy, sherry on the one hand, and pepperiness and woodiness on the other. Slightly spicy, spicy and nutty in the mouth. On the palate incredibly sweet and sweet, almost a feeling and taste like honey and almonds.
      The addition of water reduces the sharpness, the malt becomes milder and the sweet flavors are made more space.
    • Finish
      Long, warming, slightly peppery. Finally, however, the sweet sherry prevails and remains in the mouth for a long time.

  124. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    My first Deanston and just such a grenade! Spicy wood, fruity sherry, piquant spiciness, whisky heart, what more could you want. I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Fruity and intense sherry pours out of the glass. Overripe almost fermented pears and apples mingle with the sherry. A touch of orange and dark fruits hovers over the nose. Spicy wood and sweet vanilla are added. Despite the different fruit flavors, the nose is slightly sprittig.
    • Taste
      Briefly, the fruitiness of the nose flashes, then almost heavy wood notes kill me. It bizzles in the entire mouth. The wood passes and a fine nutty aroma is created. The addition of some water still dominates the strong woody aroma, but now the sweet sherry comes to the fore. A pinch of pepper and sharpness burns a real fireworks display with the wooden sherry. Old tobacco and unripe walnut follow.
    • Finish
      The complete taste experience is reflected in the finish again. Long and plump was spicy wood, peppery pungency, tobacco and of course fruity sherry a wonderful mouthfeel.

  125. Nolloff scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not as - subjectively - offensive as Glendronach Cask 1479 but if you have a dislike for the rubbery/sulphury/plasticy nature of certain sherry cask whiskies I'd suggest to stay away from this. 

  126. Glenladdie scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  127. DalaDanne scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    Maybe I got a bad batch, but this is overflowing with sulphur. Very unpleasant indeed.

  128. Dramned! scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    WOW!! By far the best Deanston and one
    of the best and most beautiful whiskies I had lately in the glass!
    Wonderfully balanced, exciting, diverse and full of surprises. Burn
    Stewards master distiller Ian MacMillan has delivered a true
    masterpiece to us! Chapeau!
    • Nose
      On one hand, unmistakably a Deanston,
      on the other hand the typical bright fruits like pear or mirabelle
      hardly perceptible. By contrast, dominate a dark spiciness with
      cherries, pickled raisins, prunes, oak, a heavy sweetness of honey,
      vanilla, roasted almonds, fresh spicy pipe tobacco and then - quite
      unusual for a Deanston - strong salty flavors! The alcohol is barely
      perceptible, despite cask strength. With some water more sweetness
      and spiciness.
    • Taste
      Even here a not dominant alcohol, a
      nice sweetness, all nosing flavors are also reflected here. The
      Oloroso is strong and provokes lots of salivation, many strong
      spices, a nice woodsy oak note. Some water enhances the sweetness,
      reminiscent of spicy honey.
    • Finish
      spicy-warm, a little sharpness and dry
      sherry sticks long at the rear palate.

  129. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A really nice whisky, much better than any Deanston I've ever tasted. My threshold for a 90-score is just a bit higher though. Guess I'm spoiled.
    • Nose
      Cherry, prune, caramel fudge and orange. Cigar boxes with some remainders of cigars in them. A small edge of sulphur. Still a citrus freshness in the back as well which I assume comes from the spirit. When adding water the plum becomes more prominent.
    • Taste
      Orange, dark chocolate, pepper, toffee, plum, oak, nutmeg and cherry.
    • Finish
      Toffee, peppery oak upfront and then an nuttiness like chestnut and almond.

  130. dinis scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    i realy love it...

  131. Ragazzo scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    What a delicious Whisky... it´s simply great! And at this time a real bang for you´re buck. Good work Deanston. This are the Pearls that every serious Malthead should look out for!

  132. Dramned! scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      88 88

  133. Dramned! scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    WOW!! By far the best Deanston and one of the best and most beautiful whiskys I've ever had in my glass! Wonderfully balanced, exciting, multi-faceted and full of surprises. That's where Burn Steward's Master Distiller Ian MacMillan delivered a true masterpiece! Chapeau!
    • Nose
      On the one hand, unmistakably a Deanston, on the other hand barely perceptible the typical bright fruits such as pear or mirabelle plums. On the other hand dominate a dark spicy with cherries, pickled raisins, plums, oak, a heavy honey sweetness, vanilla, roasted almonds, fresh spicy pipe tobacco and quite unusual: strong salty sea flavors! The alcohol is hardly noticeable despite cask strength
    • Taste
      Also, only a little domimante alcohol, a nice sweetness, all flavors are also reflected here. The Oloroso is strong and provides plenty of salivation, many strong spices, a beautiful oak note. Some water adds to the sweetness, which is reminiscent of strong honey.
    • Finish
      spicy-warm, slightly spicy and the tart sherry sticks to the back of the mouth for a long time.

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