Deanston 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Un-Chill Filtered
Stated Age
12 years old
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
P025090 L6
Added on
18 Jun 2016 8:09 pm by KonstUA

Average value

€ 40.35

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456 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston 12-year-old

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.13 points

  1. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Certainly a whisky that tastes different. And 'different' is nothing for everyone ...
    Taste descriptions I save myself at this point. I think enough experts have commented on this malt; The notes are sometimes as contradictory as they could be.
    What do I mean by that?
    To all newbies, put on a sample and judge for yourself. Or buy at this joke but still a bottle.
    Maybe it's even the price that was the fate of whisky, because no one dares to miss such a malt many points.
    'What do the aficionados think if I give 85 points to this whisky?' It feels a bit wrong to find a cheap malt or it?

    I give nothing on prices, standing or anything else - from me there are 88 points! Would I include in my ratings the PLV with it would probably ü90 ..
    This malt represents Deanston as an original bottling flagship must. And yes; it may be that he does not taste you; Tastes are different; but not to try it because of the low ratings (the experts here) would be wrong!
    For me, the best whisky you can buy for 32 €! And one of the sweetest in the taste anyway ...

  2. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points Administrator

    Some Scottish distilleries are fairly average at best. However, given a craft presentation, the intrinsic quality of a previously overlooked Single Malt can improve significantly. Deanston 12 is a good example. Floral honey, breakfast cereals and whiffs of fresh oak characterize the nose. It’s soft, fresh and almost Irish with lots of 'green' notes. The taste unfolds strong and biscuity with vanilla fudge, sour citrus and hints of cough syrup. Straightforward, mildly bitter and gingery sweet in its long finish, this Cinderella malt proves to be highly underestimated.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. ChrisSym scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Definitely different, definitely exciting as a 12er standard bottling. Rather strong, grassy and a lot of oak, little fruit and sweetness: you have to like that. The alcohol content goes perfectly with the whisky and pushes the aromas on the tongue, even if the whisky is not super complex. If you want to get away from fruity, flowery, ... the Deanston is definitely a good option.
    • Nose
      The first impression is fresh, strong sweet and citrusy. The 46.3% push the aroma nicely into the nose, without it smells alcoholic. Juicy tangerines show up, and now a strong grassy note with traces of malt and oak. Very fine vanilla, caramel does not show up. A nice fruity impression. In the end, the oak becomes even stronger. After the first sip, then comes the caramel.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly full and strong for the age. Directly the oak pushes into the mouth, slightly bitter herbs or something like green tea, candle wax and some lemon. Dry. Again herbaceous notes like dry grass, a touch of juicy tangerine remains easily in the background, before the oak pushes in front again. Pleasantly warming and some honey sweetness.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, maybe a minimal hint of fine wood smoke, then a little peppery throughout the mouth and later again a bit bitterness and dry. There is hardly any fruitiness left, a slight honey sweetness remains.

  4. Bam scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    In the price range certainly one of the better whiskys. The pronounced marzipan note in the nose and the bee sting on the tongue are really extraordinary.
    • Nose
      Very floral, with toasted white bread, malt and orange peel. Yellow peach and marzipan. Some oak and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Honey and the yellow peach, then very clear and strong almond slivers, and a little malt. I have a very strong association with bee stalks. Then comes the oak, sizzling briefly and bringing dark caramel and whole milk chocolate. Oily mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Short to medium, dominated by the oak, the oranges come through again clearly. And something of the dark caramel lingers for a long time.

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Really weighty and substantial for an entry-level 12-year-old. An affordable, all-ex-bourbon-matured bottling that isn't boring, with a nose that beats many 15- or 16-year-olds.
    • Nose
      Ripe, sweet fruits at first; I'm getting red apple and mango in particular. Then a darker side emerges, with roast aromas like barrel char and arabica coffee beans. The spirit has real weight and depth to it, and perhaps a hint of homegrown sulphur, reminding me of Glenfarclas, Cragganmore, and Mortlach (good company indeed). I keep wondering if there's just the tiniest bit of smoke in here, but it might just be the nutty, smoky notes of re-charred casks. Nice balance between sweet, sour, and savory aromas. Water brings out more dark-roast, coal-smoke aromas, then another wave of fresh fruit (this time, it's green banana) drenched in honey. Quite stunning, really, for the price point.
    • Taste
      Without water: sour and zingy arrival, with prickly oak, followed by teeth-coating caramel sweetness. Certainly needs water, which civilizes it and settles things down right in the borderlands between sweet and sour. Fruity acidity meets honey sweetness, with whiffs of espresso powder.
    • Finish
      Dessert-like and creamy, but with a hint of bitterness, much like a tiramisu with powdered coffee sprinkled on top. Not overly long, but nicely layered.

  6. pianoman scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dry. Warm mineral water. Cereals, grasses, bright gummy bears. Flourish apples. A touch of shoe polish.
    • Taste
      Apples, butter biscuits, some pepper. White chocolate. Some hay. Rather short.

  7. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is a second go on that one, remembered it as very malty and yeasty, then I had it at a friend´s place and was totally blown away. Newer version of the same stuff at much higher quality? So I had to buy a bottle, let´s see....
    • Nose
      87 87
      yeah, the same yeasty maltiness just as I remembered. but there is a honeyed side that I only discovered in my friend´s bottle. This time I also find some apricot jam. Also a mineralic side like wet beach sand and some heather honey. Nice!!! There´s nothing into your face, you need some time to discover it´s beauty.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Yes, really good. it really improved with the years. Great balance of malt, caramel, some yellow apples, apricots and even a little smoke. Wonderful mouth feel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Quite long, very clean

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

    • Nose
      Cereals. Husky. News print. Limestone and chalk. Caramel and toffee. Some oak.
    • Taste
      Honey and corn flakes. Lemon. Some ashes.
    • Finish
      Medium long.

  9. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The 12yo I have ever had as a large bottle and wanted to see again how I like it now. This is for me a solid and honest malt from the Bourbon barrel. It does not hurt you but it does not disappoint.

  10. Spits scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83


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