Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
PO35667 L5 1411 15132
Added on
10 Jul 2017 4:11 pm by alex..w..fan

Average value

€ 41.29

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston 12-year-old

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.93 points

  1. wbarchive_875995 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Sour sweet applesauce with raisins, assorted dried fruits, white grapes and vanilla.

    RATING: 85pts - [n21,t22,f21,b21] → |83-85: Decent|

  2. SAND scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted 01.03.2019)
    NOSE: Already straight out of the bottle, this smells nicely of serious whisky with an initial nose of malt, minerals, iodine and light smoke. Like a cousin of Springbank. After some minutes the smoke disappears while iodine and malt takes over. It is a sweet biscuity maltiness. Then there are lemons. And the light smoke returns. Then more sweet maltiness. Engine oil and engine room. With a few drops of water: more lemon and malt. (89p)
    Initial TASTE: The arrival is slightly oily, then ginger, black pepper and salt.
    BODY: The oiliness enriches the body of this malt, which is quite sweet and rounded on the mid palate. Not very complex but really moreish and characterful. A
    little water doesn’t change much. (87p)
    FINISH: Black pepper, ginger, lemon (86p)
    = Weighted Rate 88 points

  3. Najzero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I really feared the new design... and heard rumors that Deanston changed something in their cask management as well.Tasted this next to the "old" Deanston 12 Version.

    They are very close together and I really enjoyed fiddling with those two Deanstons alone for quite some time.
    I gave it a solid 88 points - this is something I really cherrish. It's the perfect malt for me, enough edges, crafted by hand, without marketing bullshit (*cough* Grooves... *cough* FOL Cask Strength *cough* ) and Ex-Bourbon Cask with enough wood in it.

    It's not just another "sherry-something" and those are quite rare in the whisky world today.

    My Rating: 88

    Normalized rating (non Deanston lover): 83

    Price/Performance ratio: 99/100

  4. rich_93 scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Brilliant value for money - enough complexity in this that you can come back to it again and again, finding something new. Thanks to the distillery who let the spirit shine!
    • Nose
      The spirit is well balanced with the oak.

      Soapy fresh lemon and hints of herbs (clary sage), cereal (porridge and pasta), lemon oat biscuits, oak, fresh cedar and pencil shavings, caramel, vanilla, spicy-green woody notes (fir needles and sap), hints of fruit (pear and underripe banana). Orange peel, bee pollen, ginger, pepper, blackcurrant cough drops.
    • Taste
      Sweet, then citrusy, followed by spicy-woody, finishes soft and fruity. Cereal throughout.

      Buttery/oily vanilla and soft oak, caramel, cereal, lemon, ginger, fir needles, cardamom, oak, banana, green pear.

  5. erwinnlim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Value (£38) : 7/10
    • Nose
      Sweet vanilla and light honey up front. A touch of waxiness and some cereal malt notes. Bright citrus notes and candied orange peels. Some apricot and melon with cooked pears and bananas. Overall the bourbon influence is clearly present here with a heavy oak note. I wonder if there were some recharred barrels included as well.
    • Taste
      Creamy mouthfeel. Very obvious honey and vanilla notes with barley water. Slightly bitter orange peels balance this out well with a bright tangy lemon note. Cooked apples now. A touch of black pepper warmth and some drying wood tannins. At 12 years of age, I think some rather active casks were used here as the oak influence is quite pronounced.
    • Finish
      More of the same from the palate here. Slightly more black pepper spice but all the oak and honeyed citrus peels come through along with more vanillins.

  6. SAND scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    (Bought march 2020. Bottle code 2018608 L516:5419226) Tasted 01.04.2020.
    APPEARANCE: Deep gold colour. Much darker than the Deanston 15 YO Organic. Quite viscous, noticeable long, slim legs on the side of the glass.
    NOSE: Dried fruits, mainly yellow; dried mango, dried banana. Waxy. Mineral notes, direction oils and metal, fresh engine oil. With time also some red dried fruits arrive. I think there must have been sherry or other wine casks in the mix here. A few drops of water opens it up a little more, emphasising the mineral aspect more. (88-89p)
    TASTE: The arrival is quite rich, red dried berry kind of fruity. On the mid palate there’s sweet barley juice (but darker than in the 15) and forest honey. With a few drops of water it becomes sweeter and full of sweet barley juice. (86-88p)
    FINISH: On the exit there’s barely juice with quite a bit of black pepper.... With a few drops of water it becomes sweeter. (86-87p)
    OVERALL: TOTAL SCORE 87 points.

  7. Jackson05 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Coming off a Glengoyne 12/18 year old and in my opinion this is way better. More characterful. A nice viscous mouthfeel, minerality, soft herbal notes along with vanilla and stone fruits. One of the better young OBs I think. Reminded me of a softer Springbank 10 - a compliment!

  8. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Looking at the PLV, pretty good stuff. You couldn't get more whisky for the money, one of the best 12-year-olds.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. riegerjonas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Wax, honey, smells of a slight sherry influence, although probably none in it, not very spicy, fruity, pineapple, apple, maybe also pear and cookies
    • Taste
      85 85
      fruity, spicy, gooseberry, pineapple, fresh, slightly bread-like
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium length, somewhat spicy, chocolate

  10. MLE scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82


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