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Deanston 12 Year Old

(70cl, 46.3%)

Deanston 12 Year Old
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Deanston 12 Bottling Note

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.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Light, cereals, zesty orange marmalade. Barley.

Palate: Soft, nutty, caramel. Touch of salinity. Oak.

Finish: Soft, quite abrupt, caramel.

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Deanston 12 Year Old Reviews

More like a quality lowland, with a more gentle touch

A pal took me to this distillery for a birthday treat, on the tour we sampled many of the whiskies and this one stood out as a fine example of the distillers art, to my taste it deserves 4 stars.

5th August 2022

Can’t deny that it’s quality…

…. But over the course of the bottle I started to find it a little bit limited. Clean, bright and crisp, and undoubtedly a hit with everyone I gave a dram. Maybe it’s just that I prefer a bit of peat?

2nd January 2022

Complex and subtle.

Recently retired after 35 years in the perfume industry I am starting to build a small collection for entertaining. Deanston is my local distillery and I'm not disappointed in this addition, with every mouthful I find subtle notes of all kinds. Definitely a worthy alternative to the fashionable Islay smoke bombshells!

8th December 2021

Awesome whisky

This is such a wonderfull whisky, perfect summer dram and at a very nice price.

21st September 2021

Great find, will remain a constant part of my collection.

Fantastic find. Just heard about the Deanston 12 recently.
I’m usually all in for Islay. The more peat the better.
But this dram offered me an excellent alternative.
Well balanced sweetness, long pleasant finish.
Perfect digestive, espresso and tiramisu just got so much better.

14th September 2021

Massively underrated whiskey

A new discovery and one I will definitely return to.
Smooth and easy to drink with a great finish.
Fantastic value.

19th June 2021

The king of single malt whisky

Deanston was the first scotch I ever tried, and after going on a journey of discovery tasting various different whiskies from all the regions, it remains my number 1! Deliciously malty, resinous, barley sugar and fresh wood.. with a finish that lingers long after your last sip. Overall an amazing dram and I would highly recommend to anyone whether you are experienced or not!

10th March 2021

Value in spades

One of the best value integrity malts on the market at the moment, and one of the most pleasurable flavour profiles. Deanston has some of the characteristics of Loch Lomond, Linkwood, Fettercairn, etc - sweet malts, but the honeyed, nutty quality of the 12 in particular stands out for how relatively unacerbic the spirit element is, and despite its sweetness, isn't as saccharine as a Loch Lomond. The 12 is mature and balanced, and the complimentary flavours do give it a rather 'easy drinking' profile, which some may find disappointing if looking for a challenge, but there is complexity there too. Not quite the full-bodied punch of an Arran, for example, but dumpsters your average Glenfiddich 12 in its delicate charms. Do try the worthy 18yo as well if you find it cheap (it often is), much like Linkwood and Fettercairn, the combination of sweetness with bitter oak from higher vintages is compelling. Long may this distillery remain affordable and "undiscovered"!

18th February 2021

I didn't pick up much of the tasting notes that were listed on the label. Definitely not worth 60 dollars.

Very ordinary and uninteresting

13th February 2021

Integrity Malt

As authentic as it comes. Oak galore here, perhaps too much as it lingers slightly in the mouth but a pretty solid offering and good value.

13th February 2021

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