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Deanston 20-year-old

Overall rating
88.97/100
votes
77
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Un-Chill Filtered - Port Casks
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon & Portwood Finish
Number of bottles
732
Strength
54.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5029704218431
Bottled for
Distillery Exclusive
Added on
29 Nov 2016 10:01 pm by Dollemalt
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 127.00

55 × in wishlist

77 × member ratings

134 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Deanston 20-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.97 points

  1. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    So that is a delicious part - many facets, great sweetness, nice acid accents and one of the really successful examples of a port malt (unfortunately not all are so) - fine!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet, but also the sour note from the Port keg, great mix - blackberries, strawberries, cherries, cherry tobacco (from my uncle), cinnamon, cotton candy, marzipan, a bit sun-warm rosemary herb - great fine nose
    • Taste
      91 91
      with a little water: warm red fruit jelly, plum jam, strawberries, again the cotton candy, slightly burnt caramel, beautiful woody notes, cinnamon, cardamom, light milk chocolate - the port wine barrel sounds, but not musty and unpleasant, but completes the many flavors wonderful. At the end ginger, always present the sugary custard sweetness.
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, sweet and spicy - in a beautiful balance ...

  2. mothers_finest scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I have associations of sherry in my nose, but it's not so much sherry sweetness, but more like cinnamon, blackberries, maybe strawberries. The wood is also audible. It is very pleasant and ripe. The alcohol is cooling but does not sting. 22P

    A pleasant flavor on the palate, sweet, strawberries, brown sugar, very oily and buttery, lines the entire mouth and the oak then fights its way through the finish. Wow! Really good! I love well-made port whiskys and this one is definitely one of them! The second time you smell it, it looks sweeter, on the palate it becomes more and more spicy when you "chew". You can feel the strength of the barrel, it tingles, the palate is pleasantly warmed, and this spicy sweetness, paired with the fruit cocktail (strawberries, raspberry jam), sticks to the cheeks. My prey theme - very clear! 24P

    The finish is long to medium. After swallowing, you first have the oak wort that fights its way through the dark fruits, and finally the sweetness and a touch of vanilla prevail. It lasts for a while and feels pleasant! 23P

    The malt is very harmonious, very easy to drink without water and the barrel is clearly noticeable. Port paired with the Deanston spirit fits quite well. I don't like to compare it with the 20s sherry here. But what the two have in common is the really successful implementation in terms of barrel maturation. 23P

    What a Dram!

    NB: sold on whisky auction 05/2020 for 310 euros

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The best I like the nose and the finish - the drop is me with the called 200 ¬ but loosely 50 € too expensive
    • Nose
      Initially closed - first nutty sweet, then crème brûlée, marzipan, vanilla - to an acid that reminds me of wine and sweet fruits bears - pomegranate with its delicate bitterness and some cinnamon plum jam, oranges, now the port is there, damp old Wood and a delicate touch of resin - with a tendency to rosemary flashes from time to time, to tobacco, Röstaramen - the nose looks very clean, smooth, pure - is not alcoholic and so restrained enticing that you want more - beautiful complex and in balance
    • Taste
      fresh and fruity - lemon peel with lots of citrus oil that immediately sparkles on the tongue with a mint note, old damp cellar, light mushroom notes, sweet oranges, raisins, apricot jam, undiluted, slightly alcoholic on the tongue - but still in a pleasant setting, milk chocolate, spicy light bitter plant extract, not as astringent as tree sap but just as spicy peppery
    • Finish
      dry spicy - full-bodied oaky with first dwindling fruit flavors - then go sweetness and acidity, in the end stays long warming spicy wood on the tongue

  4. Dramned! scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    What an experience! All flavors are very mature, deliberate and intense, because no youth bites. I smelled it for over an hour and always found new nuances and subtleties, like in an old filigree woven silk carpet, in which the pattern always reveals new details and the big picture becomes more coherent and beautiful.
    Unfortunately, this is ...

    Detailed review with photos: < https://dramned.blog/2017/04/18/deanston-20-portwood-542/
    • Nose
      A deep brown with a distinct reddish gleams out of the glass and the whisky pulls sluggish thin legs on the glass wall.

      Intense dark fruits, dried prunes in honey, crushed berries, cherries and ripe figs, old cracked cracked leather, moist pipe tobacco, a bunch of dried herbs with thyme and rosemary, marzipan, dark caramelized Demerara sugar.
      Hand warmth intensifies everything again and it adds a strong salty note. The whole thing is beautifully arranged on a thick soft carpet of spicy, slightly musty oak
    • Taste
      In the mouth then a real explosion of aroma, as whirl strong strong tart oak notes, a dizzying honey sweetness, a spicy fruit compote from plum jam and red porridge, dark salt caramel, lots of spices such as cinnamon and cloves and bitter nutmeg wild mixed and yet you can all quite wonderful Where the 20-year-old Oloroso could still fascinate with a complex old-style understatement, this Portwood reaches full.
    • Finish
      In the seemingly endless finish, crunchy caramelized crème brûlée with plum jam and a tart oak remain and you chew for ever really long.

  5. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Had not so many Deanston in the glass. The Port Wood is a decent whisky. Pleasant nose and mouth, a bit short on the finish.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A really good whisky, great balanced, the port wine barrel complements the Brennereicharakter without killing him. In addition he is very complex and multi-layered, with one can sometimes spend more than just a quarter of an hour on the couch and it always opens up new nuances - Top!
    • Nose
      89 89
      many red fruits combined with moist oak, plum jam, some cinnamon, rosemary / thyme, strawberries, some leather, tobacco, slightly burned caramel, toasted malt - overall very well balanced and well balanced, even the Brennereicharakter can be found in the background
    • Taste
      88 88
      very intense, plum, oak, very sweet, some chocolate, cherry
    • Finish
      87 87
      long and warming, plum, strawberry, some salt caramel, neat oak but without bitter notes, in the decay come again leather and tobacco notes

  7. Najzero scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Here I sit stumbled. 

    This bottle will always have a special place in my heart ( *hint* bromance *hint* )

    A solid 90 Point rating for me - and its an utter shame, that those kind of spirits are so rarely made.

    If you can get your hands on a sample - get one!

  8. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. BehindSpace scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

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