Deanston 14-year-old

Overall rating
86.40/100
votes
83
Whiskybase ID
WB98548
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Spanish Oak
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Finished in Spanish Oak Casks
Casknumber
Batch 2
Number of bottles
1400
Strength
57.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5029704218646
Bottled for
Distillery Exclusive
Market
Scotland Scotland
Added on
15 jul 2017 5:00 pm by RobRoy
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 138.07

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Whisky reviews for Deanston 14-year-old

12 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.40 points.

  1. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful malt with an interesting taste profile of sweetness and a strong spiciness. There's a lot to discover. Unfortunately, the price is quite high.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Honey sweetness; Caramel; Herbal notes; spicy; subtle oak in the background; Alcohol noticeable; very interesting nose
    • Taste
      87 87
      strong start; syrupy; sweet; a lot of honey; Dried fruit; with herbal notes; tingling peppery spice on the tongue; sour fruitiness; Oak in the background
    • Finish
      86 86
      stays long and strong in the mouth; fruity sweetness; with slightly tart oak; Ginger; Spice cargo; nice finish

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  3. rich_93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Sadly I only had a sample of this, bought at the distillery shop.

    A closed and timid malt, I enjoyed unravelling it with some water, but it takes some work. Very curious to know what the previous contents of the cask were, as they seem to have very little influence on the whisky, perhaps it’s even refill? But Deanston sometimes do funny stuff when naming these special releases, I didn’t know for example that the 2002 ‘pinot noir’ release is actually a Champagne cask finish - so anyone’s guess what this might be.

    Great to have a European oak maturation that isn’t sherried. However, this one is perhaps a bit pricy for what it is I think, but I’d grab one on sale. Then again, I didn't get to experience it open up in the bottle - I suspect based on its profile that the rating would be higher if I did.

    Very nice!
    • Nose
      Out of the bottle, very closed. Dominant alcohol prickle, with faint fruitiness, spiciness and sweetness. Some of the yeastiness from the Deanston spirit still remaining (which I enjoy!), milk chocolate, honey, strawberry, fresh apple. Needs water desperately, but on additions opens up nicely, revealing subtler notes. Lily of the valley, honeysuckle, ripe banana, fresh notes of cardamom and oregano. Slight and difficult to pin down citrus note, but I’ll go with bergamot because of its floral-dry nature, and lime.
    • Taste
      Closed again. Chocolate, red apple, spices, honey. Improves greatly with quite a lot of water. Caramel biscuits, pastries, honeycomb, cake. The dark green coniferous notes that to me are part of the distillery signature are also revealed, perhaps some mint. Fruit complex of mandarin, strawberry, papaya.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, floral, honeyed, salted caramel, savoury oak and earthy dunnage notes. Cinnamon and cardamom. Nice!

  4. boozegeeksouth scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    I had promised myself a little more because of the price. Unfortunately only convincing on the nose
    • Nose
      87 87
      Deanston-typical honey, apricot, the 57.9% you don't notice at all
    • Taste
      74 74
      Tingling, alcoholic strength presented, unfortunately an overlaying soapy note of sage, washing powder and mothballs, behind it okay, typical of Deanston
    • Finish
      77 77
      Little present and rather short, quite tasty but really not enough

  6. sarthur71 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    At first I thought about a sherried whisky, but then sweetness took over and bourboncask came in mind. However, a very nice and pleasant whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Initially I would suggest a sherried whisky, red fruits. Later on more citrus, detergent even, then more apples, floral and grassy. And then sweetness takes over, sweet waffles, powder sugar.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Strong, powerfull, sweet and fruity, honey, oranges, spicy as well.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pretty strong and spicy, orange, honey. PRetty long.

  9. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I didn't like the whole picture
    the barrel left no trace for me
    Water is definitely needed
    too challenging for me
    • Nose
      tart, brown apple, pastries, light leather, baked apple? becomes more, oak comes, light caramel, slightly sweet, becomes spicy
      with water: more apple, spicy, honey, sweeter, vanilla
    • Taste
      full and strong on the palate
      older apple (lies a bit), spicy, oak, very spicy
      with water: rounder and softer on the palate
      Sweet, somewhat bitter honey
    • Finish
      medium to long
      Oak increases significantly, spicy, brown apple

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  11. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Interesting, yummy, not 0815 Malt mi high recognition value - 100 € is bissl happig (for me the 55-65 € 9-12yo SMWS class) - well, it's just a souvenir you can take with you
    • Nose
      red effervescent powder, Berliner Weisse with raspberry syrup, plum juice of red plums, raspberries, palm wax shoe cream, furniture polish, tobacco, apple cider vinegar with honey, baking cocoa, mint, shriveled cooked apple with vanilla sauce, sulfurized raisins,
    • Taste
      very strong onset, syrupy sweet with fruity acidity, very warm with ginger, a lot of honey, pepper and fine slightly acidic sherry notes, a hint of bouillon with bone and lovage, leather, sticky red dried fruit, strawberry jam with high sugar content, also clear light oak , Sawdust, strong herbs such as olive branches, olive oil, laurel, pimet, and green walnut shells - bissl he is bissig - in the sense of strong and wild - sprittig I no longer feel that - is just powerfully dynamic
    • Finish
      soft and charming, round but remains vigorously fruity on the palate, beautiful matured sweet sherry note, not overshierried, wax, tree juice - medium long

  12. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    SV says, that the "Spanish Oak Casks" have been "Ex-Lepanto Brandy" casks. More here: http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivemay18-1-Ardbeg-Bruichladdich-Ledaig.html#080518

  13. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    the brandy cask influence is obvious.  for my taste this one is a disappointing bottling. 
    • Nose
      sharp, alcoholic, oaky, slightly smell of toilet cleaner tabs or vomit (?)  
    • Taste
      very sweet, wild blossom honey with a potpourri of herbs and vanilla.
    • Finish
      sweet & short, no bitterness with a brandy note that stays on the tongue. 

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