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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 4:46 pm by alex..w..fan

Average value

€ 53,74

18 × in wishlist

109 × member ratings

206 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Deanston 12-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.20 points

  1. 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

  2. jazzpianofingers 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!

  3. 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

  4. RobIsrael scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    Maybe they want to cover the spirit by using some very intense wood (charred bourbon oak?). Iam not very fond on this whisky. It is not bad but very American, bourbon like.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Lots of oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, little bit of citrus, grassy notes in the back.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Oily mouthfeel, big, robust, too much on the oak. Vanilla, caramel, sawdust.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Short length, little bit hot, again more oak driven then spirit driven.

  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    2nd version with new bottling, still ex bourbon cask.
    • Nose
      glue, a soft side too, caramel, vanilla, dry but strong wood
    • Taste
      spices present, peppery, vanilla stronger, a pastry side, woody tenacious on dry wood, citrus also now on the orange, vanilla spring, a little varied exotic fruits and mixed
    • Finish
      spices, citrus fruits, vanilla, a little rock that makes a typical, and this wood, this wood

  6. larswehmeier scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Very good standard.
    • Nose
      Light vanilla. Some oak. Mild honey
    • Taste
      On the tongue surprisingly spicy. Pleasant chocolate.
    • Finish
      Mild, light finish

  7. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The Bourbon-matured equivalent of Ben Nevis 10 or Glenfarclas 12. Really fat and substantial. Oily, pungent spirit from quality wood.

  8. oppi scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Honey sweet and citrus fruits

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Simo scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80


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