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Deanston 18 Year Old

(70cl, 46.3%)

Deanston 18 Year Old

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Deanston 18 Year Old Bottling Note

A 2015 addition to the Deanston range, this expression has been matured for 18 years, including a finishing period in first-fill Kentucky bourbon casks. It was bottled without chill filtration at 46.3% ABV. Oodles of rich honey, luxurious vanilla, sugary shortbread and a touch of fresh ginger. You don't get to see much Deanston these days, so more expressions from them are always welcome!

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Enjoyable earthy vanilla up front, paired with Golden Grahams, honeydew melon and flint.

Palate: Lemon cheesecake and orange boiled sweets, shortly followed by stem ginger and beeswax.

Finish: Oily walnut and barley.

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Deanston 18 Year Old Reviews

I can very warmly recommend this single malt whisky.

Creamy vanilla, sweet apples, treacle, very complex oak structure.
Really very wonderful aromas, similar to well aged Calvados.

- Max Clanton, Belguim.

24th October 2021


An absolute citrus bomb! Orange and Apricot dominate. Bottled with integrity at 46.3%, natural colour and without chill filtration. A highly accomplished malt from a distillery rapidly growing in stature.

20th August 2021

The DEANSTON 1''8yo, 46,3%abv, natural color, non-chill filtered:

AGE comes through well. OLD dusty wood, dry bark, oak nuts, chestnuts. Fresh red and yellow APPLES, juicy, clean, like in a young GLENGOYNE.

Nectarines, dried pineapple. Raspberries. Tropical - mango, papaya. Coconut water. Slight banana note. Freshly pressed orange juice, blood oranges, orange peels, sweet tangerines. Lime juice and lime peels.
Wild strawberries. Candied morello cherries. Black currants. Brambles (Blackberries).
Soft marzipan in the back of it.

Vanilla pod. With aeration, STAR ANISE.

Very soft refreshing minerality. Earthy.

Palate is sweet, fruity, and with a mild mature bitterness. Cardamon. Cinnamon. Slightly drying.
Cocoa powder as it goes down.

Fruitier than the 1''2, softer, and somewhat drier. Sweet, but does not have the caramel you find on the 1''2 ( vanilla, however, definitely ). The 1''8 furthermore lacks the certain barnyard funk I get in the 1''2.

Short finish - Otherwise, this is ~
~ Very solid.

13th March 2021

Here we have it, one of the best value 18yos on the market

Rich sappy goodness from the oak, augmenting Deanston's usual sweet and balanced malt. I agree with a previous reviewer that it is refreshing that this release is unaugmented by sherry casks or wine finishes, as the industry has come to rely on to sell older malts and all it often serves to do is homogenise and dumb down the end result. This is a belter of a dram and enjoyable in the same way as higher vintage Linkwoods, but with a rather more consistent cask policy to my tastes.

18th February 2021

A lovely enjoyable dram

Really enjoy this....... superb

10th January 2021

Add a drop of water to get the best

I was surprised on the first taste - but I think I'm just used to older whiskys being finished in sherry casks. Just a drop of water really does open this one up.

21st November 2020

Deanston have a lot of good uns, this is the best.

One of the great non sherried whiskies, filled with honey, vanilla and butter shortbread. Great price for a top quality whisky. Nice oily mouthfeel and medium finish leaving you wanting more.
Deanston have a lot of good uns, this is the best.

18th November 2020

a nice finish leaving you wanting more

one of the great non sherried whiskies.. lots of honey, some vanilla and butter shortbread. oily mouthfeel, and a nice finish leaving you wanting more. great price too for a 18 yr old finished in first fill bourbon casks.

18th November 2020

much better with time

Opened this for the first time last week and, initially, was a little disappointed that seemed to be a bit harsh for an 18 year old. I experimented a bit with water to find a smoother finish. At that point, I think I preferred the much cheaper Virgin Oak. However, tried some again last evening and it was like a different dram - full of fruit, vanilla and spice. Lovely. Now looking forward to my next drop.

3rd November 2020

Complex and gentle. I love it

A careful drop of water and the nose becomes gentler and floral. Older whisky so Im careful not to drown it.
Cask heavy complex flavors, wonderful, delicious. Mouthfeel is superb. The strength is high enough to carry the whiskey beautifully. If you like gentler non peated whiskies this is great quality whisky and wonderful

29th July 2020

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