Category Archives: Deanston

Deanston 12-year-old

Bought: Whisky Galore 5th August, 2014

75/100 – Whisky Bible 2014
88/100 – Ralfy, of
Review: – Ralfy – Deanston 12yo – YouTube (October 2012)

I wrote on my blog last year about a miniature bottle I got of this Deanston 12yo. I still haven’t drunk it but I eventually tried the Deanston 12yo for the first time in a pub this year. Jim Murray, in his Whisky Bible, thinks the nose is out of sync and the finish is “full of bitter and undesirable elements”. But I didn’t detect that at all. Admittedly, I’m not one that spends much time nosing my whisky. Generally I’m too keen to get at it!

As for Jim’s criticism of the finish, I wonder if our opinions differ because I added water and he didn’t?! At the start of the Whisky Bible, Jim says “don’t add water! It releases aromas but can mean the whisky falls below 40% so it is no longer whisky.” It’s a fair point but, if the strength doesn’t agree with your palate, then water is your friend. Ralfy adds a drop of water, and at 46.3% the Deanston can take a bit of diluting and still remain at 40% or above. Perhaps that extra water smoothed out the finish that Jim complains about because I didn’t taste it. My view is it’s worth experimenting with water for your own tastes. It’s not as if the Scotch Whisky Association are standing over your shoulder ready to shout “THAT’S NOT WHISKY!!!” just because it dips below 40%. Come on Jim! Lighten up and have another dram!

Deanston 12yo 70cl

Deanston – Aged 12 Years

Bought – Justminiatures, 13th November 2013

75/100 – Whisky Bible 2013
83/100 – Malt Maniacs (average from 5 reviewers)
88/100 – Ralfy, of
Review video: – Ralfy – Deanston 12yo – YouTube

I’d been hoping to get a full bottle of Deanston 12yo from Marks & Spencer but it seems the distillery no longer supplies the famous store with a version of their 12yo. The Whisky Bible gives the M&S bottling 84.5/100, so the author clearly feels this is different, and better whisky to the standard 12yo.

Just when I thought I’d have to slum it with the regular 12yo that only gets 75/100 I discover different drinkers have different opinions! Wow, now there’s a shocker! 🙂 5 reviewers on Malt Maniacs give this 12yo an average mark of 83/100 and then Ralfy gives it an excellent 88/100. Knowing how much Ralfy likes whisky at 46%+ and non-chill filtered, the Deanston 12yo has some qualities he loves before he’s even tasted it. If I enjoy this miniature I’ll definitely be after a full 70cl!

Deanston 12yo 5cl