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Review: Deanston 18 Year Old

Deanston 18 Year Old

Cask Info: Matured in ex-Bourbon barrels.


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Deanston 18 Year Old

Nose: The initial nosing leans toward sour fruits. Green apple, unripe banana, lemon meringue, kiwi, and pineapple. Give it 5 minutes, and the sweetness comes through with notes of vanilla, honey, and sultanas.

Palate: Light bodied. The gentle sweetness is quickly followed by a tart bite, which is a bit surprising to me given the ABV. I get honey, citrus, peach, and hazelnut milk chocolate. The flavors are well balanced.

Finish: A short-to-medium finish. The biteyness lingers with warming sensations. Toward the end, it gets slightly bitter like an over-steeped black tea.

Final Thought: The fresh aromas make this whisky a great option for spring. Personally, I think the extra time it spends in Bourbon casks does make this whisky much better than the 12 Year Old. It smells more interesting and tastes more well-rounded. It’s hands down my favorite from Deanston’s core range so far. However, the price for this whisky now ranges from $150 to $300. With that price, I think you’ll get more bang for the buck with Arran 10 Year Old.

Girl with Cask Strength Score: 87/100.


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