Deanston 12 Years

The Deanston 12 years old was not chill filtered and produced from local barley. The Deanston distillery was founded in the rooms of an old cotton plant and has preserved a lot of its 19th century flair.

The Deanston 12 years old was not chill filtered and produced from local barley. The Deanston distillery was founded in the rooms of an old cotton plant and has preserved a lot of its 19th century flair.

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60
Deanston
Scotland, Highlands
Single Malt Whisky
12 Years
46.3%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Chill filtration - Without Artifical colouring - Without
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Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
Calculated from 5 Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Sweet:
Honey:
Fruit:
Vanilla:
Malt:
Zitrus:
Herbs:
Oak:
Apple:
Spices:
Floral:
Lemon:
Heather:
Sherry:
Caramel:
Orange:
Nuts:
Pear:
Grass:
Alcohol:
Barley:
Berries:
Cherry:
Chocolate:
Coconut:
Ginger:
Hay:
Lime:
Peat Smoke:
Pepper:
Plum:
Banana:
Cake:
Clove:
Dark Chocolate:
Grapefruit:
Green Apple:
Lemon Peel:
Oil:
Tropical Fruit:
Herb:
Tasting
Sweet:
Spices:
Honey:
Malt:
Fruit:
Oak:
Vanilla:
Zitrus:
Caramel:
Ginger:
Orange:
Nuts:
Pepper:
Sherry:
Herbs:
Peat Smoke:
Apple:
Chili:
Heather:
Oil:
Lemon:
Alcohol:
Chocolate:
Floral:
Grapefruit:
Pineapple:
Cake:
Tropical Fruit:
Herb:
Almonds:
Banana:
Berries:
Cinnamon:
Dark Chocolate:
Dried Fruit:
Grass:
Green Apple:
Medicinal Smoke:
Pear:
Raisin:
Wheat:
Finish
Sweet:
Spices:
Oak:
Malt:
Honey:
Sherry:
Zitrus:
Fruit:
Vanilla:
Pepper:
Caramel:
Herb:
Chili:
Ginger:
Orange:
Peat Smoke:
Herbs:
Heather:
Dark Chocolate:
Dried Fruit:
Lemon:
Nuts:
Alcohol:
Barley:
Berries:
Cake:
Chocolate:
Clove:
Coffee:
Date:
Floral:
Leather:
Melon:
Peach:
Pear:
Seaweed:
Maritime Notes:

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3.8 Rate
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Tasting Notes 5

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09. Aug 2017
Some Scottish distilleries are fairly average at best. However, given a craft presentation, the intrinsic quality of a previously overlooked Single Malt can improve significantly. Deanston 12 is a good example. Floral honey, breakfast cereals and whiffs of fresh oak characterize the nose. It’s soft, fresh and almost Irish with lots of 'green' notes. The taste unfolds strong and biscuity with vanilla fudge, sour citrus and hints of cough syrup. Straightforward, mildly bitter and gingery sweet in its long finish, this Cinderella malt proves to be highly underestimated.
RATING: 3.5/5.0 ≙ 84 pts
14. Feb 2020
Nosing: Orange Herbs
The nose is light and fresh, slight citrus fruit peel and herbal notes. There's a light oily graininess to it but not enough to make it register as a corn whisky if that makes sense...

Taste: Malt Zitrus Pepper
Balanced arrival, and full bodied. The presentation really brings some oomph to this one. Malty and citrussy, biscuits, the flavour builds towards pepperiness, but so does the sweetness.

Finish: Malt Pepper
A pretty standard continuation of the palate. Medium to long in length.

Comment:
This is what I would class as a really solid standard release. It could so easily have been a basic 12 year old of the like you'll see on supermarket shelves. The higher bottling strength and lack of chill filtration really lend it some character though. It is priced very well for its quality, and worth looking out for if you see it.

87/100

milkbonez
23. Jun 2020
Nosing: Sweet Malt Barley Honey Ginger Floral

Taste: Sweet Malt Zitrus light spices Spices Ginger

Finish: Malt Sweet Vanilla

Comment: Just a great "malt" bomb. Great example of how a "straight forward" whisky but done right.
13. Jun 2021
Nosing: Apple Vanilla Oak under-ripe Tropical Fruit (papaya)

Taste: Herbs (sage) Grapefruit Vanilla

Finish: Oak Melon Peach

Comment: There is a vein of savory notes that runs through Deanaton's 12-year old expression, and which elevates this whisky by deftly offsets a variety of sweet elements. Dusty wood notes and the sensation of under-ripe, pithy fruit add complexity on the nose, while herbal tones do the same work for the palate.

This whisky has no harshness and very little alcohol burn across the tongue and through its finish. There is a sturdy fruit sweetness that carries the finish from short-ish to medium-long, and without which one might be left disappointed that the scent/flavor buildup fell flat at crescendo.
03. Jan 2018
Nosing: Malt

Taste: Malt Vanilla Oak

Finish: Nice and Malt

Comment: A nice whisky from an under appreciated distillery.
Mahler
09. May 2020
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12. Dec 2019
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