Insider knowledge: Deanston 12 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Deanston 12 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Light, cereals, zesty orange marmalade. Barley.
Palate: Soft, nutty, caramel. Touch of salinity. Oak.
Finish: Soft, quite abrupt, caramel.
We live in the Philadelphia area USA and can't find this anywhere. It was truly the best overall single malt scotch. Light caramel and hint of honey. The 12yr is the best
28th November 2011
The definition of a light, refreshing whisky. Perfectly balanced. Mouth-wateringly zesty, not acidic. Sweet without becoming cloying. And dangerously easy to drink. Wins you over with its subtle charms. I keep coming back to this one.
12th July 2012
Nothing to see here. Move along...
6th February 2013
Just great and yes...underrated.
1st May 2013
Having explored a reasonable gamut of malts, I find myself returning to this Deanston 12yr over and over again. I think I have now finished 6 bottles of this whisky, and have just today bought another. While this is not a particularly special single malt, what it does have going for it is that spark of taste that keeps you coming back. Consistency is a large key here, and each sip just feels like an old friend you've known for years, and will happily know for life. It is very easy to drink, and quite smooth, both with and without a splash of water. The tasting notes above are pretty accurate to my taste-buds.
29th June 2013
Hard to find but a very decent malt for this cost.
Complicated and very nice drinker.
13th July 2013
I enjoy a range of quality Malts but this isn't one of them. Been given e bottle of Deanston 12 year old and it has to be the most awful whiskey I have tried to drink in 50 years.
1st September 2013
found it at joe canal's in Princeton, NJ. haven't tried it yet but the bottle is pretty
3rd October 2013
The worst single malt I've tried so far (35 different distillers) and worse than many blends. Badly made spirit, aggresive and bitter. Awful.
4th November 2013
In its sharp, lemon-honey flavour, the Deanston 12 is really quite delightful, almost refreshing. The unpleasant alcohol burn, and the over-arching harshness of it make it much harder going than its flavour can carry sadly, even with the addition of water.
11th November 2013
Just cannot understand the criticism. This is a great malt with a distinctive biscuit flavour and some interesting spices. It's also fantastic value and bottled at 46%. Highly recommended
19th November 2013