Deanston 10-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pedro Ximénez Finish
Stated Age
10 years old
Bourbon + PX Sherry Cask Finish
Number of bottles
57.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
P038989.L5 16:33 16256
Added on
15 Dec 2016 8:39 am by CortheFarmer

Average value

€ 117.07

63 × in wishlist

368 × member ratings

700 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Deanston 10-year-old

77 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.04 points

  1. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    When word got around about this bottle last Christmas, I could not resist. 50€ for this presentation? A done deal indeed! Has gone up in price rapidly shortly after, but seems to have stabilized at around 80 to 90€. It even made it across the pond it seems. Very well-done and a show-piece for Deaston’s dedicated work as a craft-distillery.
    • Nose
      Nutty and a whole array of spices, with coriander, cumin and soy sauce. A good amount of oak shines through and adds layers of caramel. This does have a flinty edge reminiscent of unlit matches. Then there is coffee and chunks of dark chocolate. With water, what might be sulfur turns into aromatic oak incense. 
    • Taste
      At full strength, it blasts you with chili and oak. Dried fruits and burned caramel. Dates and raisins bathed in vanilla sugar and soy sauce. Quite sweet altogether, even with water. 
    • Finish
      Medium-long. Sweet and warming. Chocolate cake and oriental spices linger.

  2. Segens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I am a bit surprised as the people I was relying on completely killed this dram. Maybe it is different batches (?) but for me a very good dram!
    • Nose
      plums, dates, oranges, tobacco and leather

      good nose where the youth is behind the curtain
    • Taste
      First the alcohol kicks through and is very aggressive but then you get sweetness of honey and juicy oranges
    • Finish
      also the finish is long, reasonable and enjoying

  3. Dramned! scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    What a Deanston! A far underrated distillery silently and quietly brings out a truly outstanding malt. Last year, there was a 20 year old from the Oloroso barrel, this year Deanston puts us under the Christmas tree for this 10 year old. Here, everything was done right - the age is perfect, the whisky has already taken everything that a malt needs and the PX barrel superimposed neither the beautiful Deanston character nor the Erstreifung in Bourbon barrel - both barrels complement each other here in perfect harmony ! Very intense, extremely complex and very balanced, Masterblender Ian McMillan has done a great job again. I hate superlatives, but this Deanston is the best I've ever had from this distillery in the jar! Even the 20-year-old and the handfilled Amontillado have to stand in the back. Mr. McMillan - I bow! < https://dramned.wordpress.com/2016/12/23/deanston-10-pedro-ximenez-575/ >
    • Nose
      Fresh in the glass first the typical waxy aroma of Deanston. But after a few minutes, it starts: a sour fruitiness - typical Deanston on the one hand, on the other hand, plenty of sherry fruit, aromatic tobacco, dark Demerara sugar, spicy honey, caramel, a nice strong Bourbon vanilla, lots of fine spices, even a slightly salty note I perceive.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, this Deanston but really starts! A dazzling malty-caramel sweetness that reminds you of its moist spicy muscovado sugar. And that combined with a sharp start, full-bodied rinse the flavors of the tongue, including especially next to the expected darker sherry notes here then again clearly the typical fruits of Deanston like mirabelle and light grapes. In addition, very nice sweet and spicy pipe tobacco, vanilla pods, and the oak is very present despite the relatively young age and gives a nice harsh counterpart to sweetness. Then come again many beautiful exotic spices such as cinnamon and cloves, anise, cardamom. The longer he lingers, the more intense all the aromas become. The alcohol is only really noticeable when you get started, you can drink it undiluted without hesitation.
    • Finish
      In the extremely long finish, I have malt candy, some oak and beautiful licorice liquorice, as you will find in some good Primitivo wines. And later really aromatic juicy California prunes. The finale is intense and eternal. Beautiful!

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    My third Deanston. I can not say much about the distillery character, but the PX finish has left a good mark. The nose is dominated by fermented grapes and musty mold. Strange but interesting and tasty. The taste of the Deanston convinced me fully. Typical PX aromas and extreme nut flavor make the Deanston a taste sensation. The departure is very hard to get used to and idiosyncratic. An indefinable seasoning lies on the finish. Nevertheless, I find this malt very successful. I like it.
    • Nose
      Tart and fermented grapes rise in the nose, moldy muff and forest soil dominates the nose right at the beginning. Sweet fruit notes and a hint of vanilla penetrates through the ever-intensifying mold and muff. Oranges mix with forest honey and give the sour and musty aroma a fine touch. Initially, the alcohol is integrated very harmoniously, but over time becomes much more intense. Slowly more and more fruity elements emerge, dried plums and raisins, grapes and berries, slices of orange and a hint of apricot.
    • Taste
      The first sip is immediately dominated by spicy oak notes and sour fruit flavors. Caramel-like sweetness penetrates through the fruity wood notes, creamy and almost syrupy Deanston spreads in the mouth. Walnuts and hazelnuts flash for a moment, then spicy and sweet wood again. Suddenly the walnuts and hazelnuts explode in my mouth! Nutty, a plump warmth flows through the palate. The taste of the Deanston now has a lot to offer, a musty taste is above the complete Tasting.
    • Finish
      Still a musty and plump warmth dominates the mouth area, while slowly the departure starts with a sweet-sour fruit mixture. Creamy and tart wood comes from the fruit. Seasoning now dominates the finish, I would tap lovage. A peculiar aroma now dominates the finish, I can describe it badly. For a long time, this flavor ends.

  5. Mr.Brocante scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    He is really good. I would never blindly touch 10 years and 57%.

    He has everything you want. A wonderful nose, perfect mouthfeel without alcohol and a very intense finish.

    At no time do I feel a false note, no negative alcohol influence and 57%. It gets even better with a little bit of water .. The finish is perfect, it never seems to get set. Really good.

    I have tested my sample in comparison tastings with much older and more expensive whiskys and at 95, - € immediately and without hesitation grabbed the bottle (also because I let him stand over Christmas and New Year in Holland for 50, - € :-() ,
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Modern wood technology, flawless sherry maturation with no sulphur notes. Leather, cocoa,coffee, sultanas, figs and some dried fruits as well Interesting touches of old books appear in the distance.

  7. SteveW110 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Sulfurous, whipped sherry malt with a lot of alcohol, which seems incongruous and metallic on the finish ...

    I absolutely do not understand the hype.
    Even for 50 € I would not want to buy one, because he is not worth it.

    If you give 90 points, Malt has no plan =) =) =)
    12er HP is better =)

  8. Bosi scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    The whisky offers one of the best noses I've had in 2017 so far. Wonderfully complex and complex, without the finish being applied. Great work was done here to make a relatively young whisky come so mature and balanced. Taste and finish are also very good, but not as a blast as the nose. Nonetheless a madness whisky.
    • Nose
      What a spice in the nose! Overripe pears, onion-cranberry chutney, spicy oak, moist soil, candied candied apples, rum balls and the acidity of red wine ignite a flaming arson in the nose.
    • Taste
      The taste is slightly astringent and here sweet and sour notes give a blow. Red porridge, sugar beet syrup, blood orange and plum jam are for me to taste.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and warm. Now the sweetness is clearly dominating. Maple syrup, dark bread, malt and a hint of Maggi are the dominant notes.

  9. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Exactly what I expected, intense, sweet PX influence
    • Nose
      Surprisingly fresh and light, it tickles slightly in the nose, but otherwise the cask strength is not noticeable, the light flavors are gone, the PX finish comes into play, nutty, intense, I can also understand that here as maggie Odor speaks, but what I think is not bad, again and again comes a floral going into herbal touch on, or Sellerie, then again creamy, cocoa, chocolate, boring is the nose in no case, I like, near the end I have the Nose then smelled something "deaf", as then shows the strong alcohol content, clearly mint after the first sip
    • Taste
      mmhh, sweet and creamy, nut !, roasted aromas, intense, plum compote, toast, nutella, with plum jam
    • Finish
      For a short time, the Maggie comes up again, and a strong mint note on top

  10. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89


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