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The new, relaunched 12 year old, this single malt has been bottled at a slightly higher proof, negating the necessity for chill-filtration and as such retaining more of its original charm. A lovely dram from the Deanston distillery.
Nose: Light, cereals, zesty orange marmalade. Barley.
Palate: Soft, nutty, caramel. Touch of salinity. Oak.
Finish: Soft, quite abrupt, caramel.
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Have been drinking scotch whiskey for 35 years. Bought this one on a hunch! Didn't want to spring for a bottle of Oban and thought this Deanston was fabulous and right up there with my favorite Oban!
5th December 2016
I splurged on a bottle of this and now seriously regret it. Based on my experience, I do not recommend this if you enjoy sipping whisky neat as I do - I don't know if I got a bad batch but it didn't sit well at all and made me feel ill after I'd only had a shot's worth, and I'd call myself an experienced whisky drinker. Not sure whether to let friends try it after the experience. I'd say the 46% is too noticeable and doesn't go down smoothly. Flavour profile is on the spicy side, not particularly delicious but not bad.
4th June 2016
21st April 2016
A very good whisky - and I don't like whiskies - but this one was good.
14th March 2016
First time ever I tasted Deanston.I was glad to see the Scottish mist in the dram after adding a bit of water,theunchill filtration is a wonderful thing certainly for the eye.In the nose the barley and the fruity marmelade.,thefirst zip without water had a bit of a alcohol nip but went creamy adding a little water.Fresh brewed tea and the smell of a morning piece of toast.A nutty finish completed the tasting,finish is not very long or complex,but a good dram for a decent price.
5th March 2016
Excellent for the price. Orange peel, raisins and caramel on the nose. Velvet on the palate with oak and a vanilla sweetness.
16th February 2016
A lovely smooth dram. Well worth the investment.
12th February 2016
Took my husband on the tour in September for part has his birthday loved it, I got him a bottle to take home to England didn't last long was very nice.Will be ordering some more for the cupboard
15th November 2015
Relatively new to the single malt scene, I've come to love this, sadly currently unavailable, or so it seems, in Quebec and Ontario. I have been able however to acquire it from colleagues and relatives traveling in the US, where it can be obtained for as little as $55USD ($70CAD at present exchange)which I consider to be an absolute bargain.
3rd June 2015
I live in a small town in Ontario, and although the liquor store expanded, they have stocked the shelves with more facing of the same product the always had, except for a few very expensive blends, under lock and key. I found myself in a store near Toronto and was quite happy shopping for near an hour. The reviews on this site game me want to try the Deanston 12. I am not disappointed, the flavour is easy to enjoy, once past the sharp alcohol in the first sip. This whiskey will be a staple on my shelf, and it is way under priced for the complexity on the tongue, and the abrupt finish. (it makes me want another one, and is that a bad thing?!?) Cheers
4th April 2015
Came to Scotland and the first sample of whisky i´ve got was the Deanston 12 Year Old. I´m not a Whisky nerd, but i must say that this one works out perfect. A nice Whisky for a nice price.
30th March 2015
total perfection for a 12 year malt. Sad to say bottle empty.
27th March 2015
Shenanigans? I don't see that anyone has left a maliciously bad review for Deanston 12 on this thread, although everyone is entitled to their opinions both good and bad. So, let's stick to the dram shall we? :)From a neat pour the nose initially has a lot of alcohol, the 46.3% isn't hidden well but soon settles down. Not much on the nose, it's fairly hot and confused at first. Then blood orange zest and lots of barley come thru. The palate is velvety with gorgeous oak flavor and lots of salt that transitions into a dry, honey-flavored finish. Not bad, but not high marks either. This un-chill filtered Deanston has some nice qualities, including a coastal-like salinity which is intriguing for a Midlands distillery. But it unfortunately lacks greatly in depth or layers of flavor, and length of finish.If you're into light, orange, and oak, and don't mind a touch of smoke, you'll get a much better whisky from a Clynelish 14 at the same price point!
17th March 2015
A bargain for the price. On the nose there is malt, nuts, salt a touch of peat and smoke. Very smoky and nutty on the palate with a very decent finish. Needs time on the glass.
23rd January 2015
Pretty good Scotch at a decent price. Light heather honey, beautiful salty citrus Tequila like finish. Would buy again, don't forget it's @46.3 non- chill filtered extra + on that!
10th October 2014
The best ( to my taste ) of the light caramel+vanilla+Lemmon peelNo need to add waterTastes like heaven
1st October 2014
This is what I call craft whisky! Lovely stuff...rj.
26th September 2014
I've never been a Scotch drinker but this has won me over. Excellent!
23rd September 2014
This is my goto recommendation at my bar to people looking for a lighter dram, but also has complexity. Some of them are experienced scotch drinkers, some are looking to replace their Glenlivets. Without fail, it's always a hit. Simply put, this is a world class whisky that most people can really enjoy. I'll try and be fair about this... if you review a craft whisky and give it a one star, you need to refrain from reviewing and get out there and educate yourself. You're simply not there yet.
Jon bought me a bottle of this and we sipped through it quite quickly. Very smooth with bags of raisins on the nose and vanilla lasting... Sadly, not much of it left!Fred
22nd June 2014
Thought is very nice. Smooth with pleasant taste. Would buy again.
12th June 2014
My title says it all. As others have said, the tone of the negative reviews here renders them highly suspect.
20th May 2014
I'm buying some right now
16th May 2014
Being in the U.S. and not in a major metropolitan area, it is hard to acquire much beyond the "usual suspects." I was intrigued when I saw this in a store near Rochester, NY, and have thoroughly enjoyed it.
19th February 2014
Three bad reviews in a row, and one from a guy who had not drunk it yet. Makes me wonder.
15th February 2014
I forgot to rate..., the economical price helped earn the extra half star.
9th February 2014
I recently tried the Deanston 12 yr and wanted to see what others thought of it, hence my visit to this site. I too am confused by the overly negative reviews and agree with one poster's comments that they may have has ulterior motives for the bashing. In my opinion this is a very nice scotch when you are in the mood for something lighter and sweeter, and not in the mood for smoky or peaty offerings. Let me just state for the record that when I am in the mood for the later type, several versions of Laphroaig fit the bill perfectly. It's certainly a matter of personal taste, though I feel almost sorry for those who can only enjoy one narrow taste profile when the world of scotch offers so many to enjoy. I am also slightly curious as to how those negative reviewers feel about Macallans
I was able to sample this at the weekend and found it light and sweet. I am no stranger to a variety of different malts and blends, so am highly confused by the inconsistency of reviews on this page. I call on someone with the ability to investigate this inconsistency, as it seems a shame for a lovely whisky to be tarnished by these bizarre claims.
27th January 2014
I see people giving this a good review and I think I must be drinking something else :| this stuff is foul both painful to the nose and pallet. It's how I'd imagine distilled marmite to taste like, don't get me wrong whisky is by far and away my favorite spirit but this stuff is nasty. By all means try it and see for your self but this one certainly isn't for me. In fact most people trying it in the pub were under the same impression.
17th December 2013
I call shenanigans on all the bad reviews for both Deanston and Tobermory 10. I am a restauranteur/bar owner and have stocked both over the course of many years after doing multiple blind tastings. I am a fan of well balanced, subtle, complex, slightly sweet, non-bitter and easy drinking smooth liquors. I am not a fan of harsh, alcohol tasting/burn, overly strong flavors, heavily intense flavors. I can understand why those who prefer a stronger, bolder profile might not enjoy Tobermory or Deanston as much a I do, but in no way can I understand some of the "worst I've ever had" type criticisms from anyone unless they are drinking from a damaged, abused or counterfeit bottle. Or, the bad reviews might be from those with other motives. I urge all to try for themselves, taste blind if possible among a selection of good offerings, and make up one's own mind. Deanston 12 and Tobermory 10 are among my favorite scotch whiskies at any price and are truly great values with price considered. Ledaig also gets a nod from me as well.
Sweet and easy to drink, most excellent for the price.
12th December 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
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
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
found it at joe canal's in Princeton, NJ. haven't tried it yet but the bottle is pretty
3rd October 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
Hard to find but a very decent malt for this cost.Complicated and very nice drinker.
13th July 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
Just great and yes...underrated.
1st May 2013
Nothing to see here. Move along...
6th February 2013
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
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