Deanston 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distillery Exclusive
Stated Age
12 years old
46.3 % Vol.
50 ml 50 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
PO35667 L5141115132
Added on
10 Jul 2017 4:11 pm by alex..w..fan

Average value

€ 48,08

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182 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Deanston 12-year-old

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.39 points

  1. Misery scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Qualitatively tailored, pleasant and serious for 12 molts. Good work with the barrel, but apparently the bourbon barrels are not mine at all, without enthusiasm.
    • Nose
      Honey, caramel, wet wood, applesauce, raisins and a handful of dried fruits, fruit jam, a little baking, white grapes, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Pretty dense, sweet, bites with pepper and flesh, slightly dries. Caramel and creamy dessert, tinned, spices and pepper, honey.
    • Finish
      A bit bitter, long-lasting, tart, woody and quite complex. Biting with pepper, a piece of wood, vanilla, fruit jam, flowers.

  2. Najzero scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    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

  3. 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!

  4. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 716: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIFSZZ0SNfo (88/100).

    "A classic example of an improving modern single malt whisky which is not encumbered with disingenuous fictional marketing..."

    Ralfy review 807: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPG1YN19bLk (89/100).
    Ralfy's whisky of the year 2020.

  5. IIIZIII scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Light, crispy fresh fruits, grain complex. Green apple, unripe banana, sweet and sour with a little creaminess. With water it is way more creamy, softer fruits are coming, especially melon, vanilla custard, cereal notes, honeyed vanilla.
    • Taste
      Very sharp and powerful arrival, astringent, bitter oak on the developmenmt. Medium finish with strong bitterness.
    • Finish
      With water and time the finish is getting significantly longer

  6. Spencer5 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Deanston does a great job. I drank with great pleasure, I will definitely buy another one.
    • Nose
      86 86
      light, grass, cereals, plum cake, peaches in syrup, bun, caramel
    • Taste
      85 85
      light sweetness, pear, raisins, caramel, oak, peanut butter, root notes
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium long, tea, dried fruit

  7. MattDoobie scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    This is a flawless dram that offers bang for bucks rarely seen in single malts. It’s simple without being boring, a sweet, mouth coating bourbon cask matured product that will go very fast despite the fact that it’s the most inexpensive scotch I own.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Hay, barley sugar, honey and pears.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Loads of honey, slight oakiness and oranges in the background. Vanilla, green apple and some topical fruit.
    • Finish
      86 86
      A little powdered sugar, heavy on the honey, medium in lenght.

  8. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    (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

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    After TBWC stand, I’d no specific plans. Brian Houston from Deanston catches my eye so I decide to refresh my memory of Deanston’s new-found excellence after a distillery visit there in 2017 [blog].

    C: The 18yo shares a similar pleasing profile to the 12yo with something lost & something gained – plenty gained actually. Both crackers!

  10. YuraLM scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Fusel oil, malt, orange, fresh apple, pear. At the end wine notes and light fruitiness
    • Taste
      Fusel oil, sweet, simple, not saturated, light fruitiness
    • Finish
      Averge-lasting, little bit sweet, fruity


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