Deanston 25-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
25 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 jun 2009 8:59 pm

Average value

€ 250.00

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34 × member ratings

53 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Deanston 25-year-old

7 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.39 points.

  1. jay83 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Fantastic old and gentleman on the nose. A little bit weak on the palate but a lovely subtle old school malt.

  2. yggr scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

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

  3. TechnOBY scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Noface83 scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Nose: fantastic with cocoa powder, wild honey, maple syrup, vanilla, caramel and a neat old oak cabinet. Very deep and full nose. Taste: mild but with decent volume, spicy honey, cocoa butter, overripe bright fruits, surprisingly malty, long finish with vanilla, woody sweetness and pleasant bitterness (mild coffee), less woody as the age suggests. Matured very nicely. Conclusion: Ingenious - so must taste old whisky
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2005]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 51,50 Euro in February, 2005.

    [October, 2016]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 72 Euro in April, 2007.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  Please see detailed review below.

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2016  Deanston -  a rather unknown distillery until it served as a featured place in the superb movie "Angel's Share" (the production scenes were filmed there).  The label states "built in 1785", but that was as a cotton mill - it was converted into a distillery as late as 1967.  As this botting was officially released in 1994 it contains most probably some of the very first spirit this distillery ever produced.  To be honest, I never had a real good Deanston dram so far - so I was very curious about this bottling.

    It is not too bad (as Aussies would state) - an easy drinking dram with a nice nose and body but a rather unimpressive arrival and finish.  Given its age of 25 years one would probably expect more...  But if you really want to try a Deanston go for this one.  It is more than okayish (given its price) and much, much better than anything else I ever tasted from this distillery.

    Nevertheless, it is not a single malt to go for at all.  But maybe the owners start to change things after the distillery became somewhat famous due to the movie.  The new visitor centre is very nice and promising - and the Virgin Oak release is at least somewhat surprising  (not too bad again).  As other distilleries enter into more and more quality problems (speeding up production processes to meet global demand usually hurts the quality of the final product - as can be seen at Laphroaig most prominently) there might be a slight chance for outsiders like Deanston if they go the opposite way.  We will see...  
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

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

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Not bad actually but not really great either.
    • Nose
      Malty, even little grassy notes and vegetables, then after also more on tropical fruits, green bananas and little bit of citrus fruits
    • Taste
      Little punchy, oily, getting smoother, again some grassy and vegetables among some citrusy and vanilla notes, rather dry resp. very little sweetness
    • Finish
      Medium long and burning

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Smooth with distinct vanilla notes and something green and black tea-ish

  10. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "A very rare distillery-bottled Deanston 25yo, probably bottled in the

    1990s. Until recently little was seen of Deanston, as most of its

    output goes into the Scottish Leader blend."

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