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Deanston Virgin Oak is made with young whisky which has been finished in brand new oak casks from Kentucky. Always a pleasure to have Deanston single malt Scotch whisky around, as they are certified by the Organic Food Association and power their distillery using hydro energy, so you can always feel good about the delicious dram in your hand.
Nose: Fresh citrus, honeyed barley and a subtle hint of smoke.
Palate: Toffee sweets pop up first, followed by a dollop of cream and oak notes.
Finish: Oak spices on the finish.
Overall: Well made, the new oak doesn't take over the whisky at all, which is always a risk with these casks.
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I think this is a fantastic scotch at its price range. I'll give it 3.5 stars overall because it has very good taste and a hint of heat. But it's not a bad burn at all. I picked this up for $34 (when I buy my 'usual' scotches I usually grab one that I never heard of in the $30-40 range). This is defenetly one of the best that I've tried in that range. It's not as good as the 'Glens' or the mighty Macallen, but it's got great oaky flavor with notes of vanilla and is a pleasurable everyday scotch to say the least.I'd 100% buy another bottle of this delicious scotch...and I probably will!
26th February 2017
If you're getting too much burn from this you need to stop pretending you're a whisky drinker!
6th November 2016
Great every day single malt.
18th March 2016
No frills here, a simple honest product. Well balanced for a young whisky. Bought it from a local Brooklyn store for $40 USD. Honeysuckle, citrus, honey, vanilla and hints of oak. Delicious everyday drinking Scotch!
21st February 2016
Having picked this up for about 25 dollars at the local liquor store, I figured I'd give it shot, given that it looked interesting (non-chill filtered, virgin oak).Point-blank: there is the start of a good single-malt scotch in this NAS bottle, but it simply is not finished. The hints of what could be a great highland malt are all there, but so is the harsh reality of young, burn inducing alcohol. If I had to venture a guess, Deanston seems to be trying their hand at mixing a traditional Scotch malt with the more rapid maturation (and cask type) found with Bourbon producers. I would urge them to let this stuff age a lot longer as the liquid in my bottle was barely drinkable.
30th December 2015
I bought 4 bottles of Virgin Oak thinking very reasonably priced. Surprise, the BEST TASTING single malt I have tasted. I drink only single malts and tried several ver the years. Visited the distillery before 10 on a Sunday last May and didn't get a tasting. That tweaked my interest, thank goodness! You make fine whiskey.
18th December 2015
Being of Scottish descent, I look for quality at a reasonable price. This Whisky delivers both. It tastes, feels and has the aroma of a much older and expensive Whisky. Glad I found it. Good job lads.
20th November 2015
I was dissapointed with this. If you are going to produce a whisky as young as this it should be cut at 40%. At 46.3% it needed far more time 12/15 years to reach its potential in my opinion.I think it is expensive forwhat you get, as it is it should be abour £25 max.
13th October 2015
first sip provides a the palate with a hug from a giant, every sip after is a delight
12th September 2015
Yes I admit it I drink it all day long because it is good and it is affordable.
30th April 2015
Never heard of Deanston. For a young whisky it is very well balanced.
3rd April 2015
Delicious surprise, for the price you cannot beat the quality.
20th March 2015
Plutôt amoureux de la tourbe, du caractère terrien ou marin, j'ai adoré ce Deanston à la première lampée: un équilibre entre le citron, le miel, la vanille et le chêne; il est doux (bien que 46,3%) et a pourtant beaucoup de caractère.Je suis allé chercher des informations sur le site de la distillerie: son histoire et ses valeurs témoignent d'un amour, d'un professionnalisme et d'une humanité qui se sentent dans leur whisky -bravo!Je le recommande, je l'ai d'ailleurs trouvé à 30 euros seulement; toute leur gamme m'intéresse.Being more a peat- or sea- or earth-flavoured whisky lover, I really loved this Deanston Virgin oak, at first sip: a balance between citrus, honey, vanilla and oak; it is smooth AND has a lot of character.I have been on Deanston's website: their history and values show love, professionalism and humanity that you can feel in their whisky.I'm going to buy more of it, and offer to those I love :-) !
19th March 2015
Cannot beat the price for a well balanced young whisky. Anybody know how long they age it for?
16th March 2015
Reminds me of some of Milroy's Soho special bottlings. Young with plenty of oak and spice and well balanced with zesty aromas and vanilla and toffee. Great value for adventurous connoisseurs, 5 stars all the way!
Great price for a whisky that has tons of characters. Fun to do blind tasting with friends. My secret weapon ;-)
6th March 2015
The afterglow is the best part. Delicious
14th February 2015
Two things about this whisky grabbed my attention: "un-chill filtered" and "nothing added", ie: no E150 caramel coloring. Being priced at under $30 ($26 to be exact), this was a whisky I had to try, and I am glad I did. It has a bit of a "young" taste, not as smooth as a more mature whisky, but still very good. I purchased a case after realized I liked it, some to store away for later enjoyment, some to enjoy with friends at gatherings, etc. And as it's so affordable, it will be great for those friends who mix with cola.
7th February 2015
Oceans of flavor, and a pretty good price. Not at all smooth, and I know that matters to many, but I enjoyed it.
22nd January 2015
May be my imagination, or maybe it's the barley, but I detected a hint of haggis. A fine drink - with lots of character
18th January 2015
Well balanced, smooth, people from Deanston know what they're doing...
26th September 2014
I have come to a conclusion about myself: I like new oak. There I said it. I find new oak whisky to be very tasty. And like the more popular sherry or port casks, new oak can really make young whisky sparkle. I like this whisky, here are some notes...Nose: liquorice, straw, fresh cut grass, chip truck fries with vinegar on them, roses, tomato soup.Taste: sweet, lemonColour: light straw
28th August 2014
Just picked up a bottle for 28 US. Steal!
18th April 2014
Surprisingly rich for a No Age Statement whisky. I actually ran into the sales rep for its distributor while I was browsing in the store and his description matched my tastes pretty well, so I bought it. Salesman said it's about 9 years old at the time of bottling. There's a slight fruity aspect to the nose and a delightful flavor toffee on the palate. Add a drop of water to this 46% whisky to ignite all the flavors and enjoy!
18th February 2014
I'm telling you. Keep in mind, this is a no age statement and for it being bottled at 46.3%, non-chilled filtered and no caramel color added, that's pretty impressive. It's simple,but all the little that it has packs a wallop. It has all the goodies that we like in a good dram: vanilla, oak, spice, cream, baked goods, toffee. I really enjoyed this one. I will purchase this again!
4th February 2014
Not quite as smooth as the Deanston 12 but with many of the same positive characteristics. It's $15-20 cheaper than the 12 in my area, so we keep it around as a less expensive option.
12th December 2013