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 700 ml
Bottle code
P025090 L6 xx:xx 11118
Added on
18 Jun 2016 8:01 pm by KonstUA

Average value

€ 42.24

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539 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston 12-year-old

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.40 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. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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.

  4. ChrisSym scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    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.

  5. Maxximum scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Citrus, honey, a little smoky, slightly minty,
    Fruit wine, cinnamon

    Nice initial punch
    Malt, honey, oat, apricot, pepper

    Medium long
    Dry, but woody, dried fruit

  6. Jabarkas scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Kinda like Kilkerran 12 without peat. A very fresh citrusy dram that is easy to enjoy. This is my preferred summer dram as of now. :) Hoegaarden among scotch whiskies.
    • Nose
      citrusy, grape sugar, honey, pineapple
    • Taste
      juicy citruces, meadow flowers, honey
    • Finish
      dry finish, still some citruses and flora, pineapple, mango, mild oak bitterness

  7. CharlyLey scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Very good malt from Deanston. Tried Deanston the first time and got a fruity and spicy 12 year old dram with a great price!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet fruits, lemon, honey, vanilla
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet fruits, honey, spice
    • Finish
      83 83
      Fruits, honey, spice, oak

  8. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A natural whisky, albeit slightly demanding.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. yggr scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

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

  10. Matthias80 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Grassy, citrus, vanilla, slightly nutty and a little floral, the second tasting also a little malt and slightly buttery
    • Taste
      grassy, honey-sweet, vanilla, malt, medium-bodied, light roasted aromas, the second time I taste it I notice the sharpness of alcohol
    • Finish
      Roasted aromas, malt, slightly grassy, a little citrus at the second tasting - rather short


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