ralfy review 865 – Deanston 12yo @ 55.6%vol (Madeira finish)



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35 Comments
  1. Reply
    Hvitserk February 23, 2021 at 4:41 am

    A tablespoon is approx. 5 milliliters. 5 centiliters (ie times 10) is the same as half a deciliter or a 1/20 part of a liter and far too much. Otherwise a good video with a good whisky.

  2. Reply
    Jenson Lim February 23, 2021 at 4:47 am

    As one who lives just down the road from Deanston, you have given me a fresh idea for my next bottle. Thanks!

  3. Reply
    Dan Swank February 23, 2021 at 5:05 am

    I think things in the highlands are local in flavour and reminds me of what we could get McAllen to
    Release some of their younger malts

  4. Reply
    Tim Ford February 23, 2021 at 5:05 am

    What a fantastic review

  5. Reply
    roger chester February 23, 2021 at 5:06 am

    Right lookin forward to my Monday night. Rally review.

  6. Reply
    MonkeyspankO February 23, 2021 at 5:17 am

    I like Deanston. Best thing that came out of 2020 for me

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    awhiskybond February 23, 2021 at 5:25 am

    £85 up to £90 for a bottle of this is outrageous. Springbank gave us a 17 year old for the same price. Distil really need to look at their pricing. You can get most of their 12 year old stuff for around £30 on offer. One for the dafties this.

  8. Reply
    Mr Tom February 23, 2021 at 6:04 am

    it's 5 ml, 5cl is a big dram. tea spoon is about 5ml.

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    Good Libations February 23, 2021 at 6:12 am

    I tried to visit Deanston in 2007, but was told by the receptionist that they didn't do tastings. So it didn't take a pandemic at that stage to have the distillery closed for tastings! I have a bottle of the "normal" Deanston 12yo at 46.3% and it id good. I would have liked the opportunity to taste more when I tried to visit!

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    D W February 23, 2021 at 6:20 am

    I have been going through the 10yo Bordeaux finish, and it's rather good – it reminds me of the level of quality Glen Scotia can coax from cask finishes. By the sounds of it, this one could be even better.

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    Scotty Smith February 23, 2021 at 6:31 am

    Yep. I’d say if someone wants to taste bitter and even slightly pickled astringency in a malt, try Deanston. It opens up a new appreciation for flavors you don’t normally find in single malts. Sour. Bitter. Lemon oil zest. Ginger. Loads of barley sugar. Reminds me a little bit of some of the flavors from Knappogue Caste 14. In particular the older bottlings. Sour and bitter are greatly under appreciated in drams these days.

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    Greg's Whisky Guide February 23, 2021 at 6:32 am

    A quite mouthwatering review,, I have to say, Ralfy, and I'm a big fan of Madeira finishes as well, mind you…Well done !

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    Sachin Kainth February 23, 2021 at 7:22 am

    Does the 12 year age statement include the time spent in the madeira cask finishing phase?

  14. Reply
    Mike W. February 23, 2021 at 7:41 am

    Presently have my second Deanston 2008 Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Matured on hand. Forgot exactly where I bought but they were basically giving it away. This is so good. I love everything Deanston.

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    Lewis Duffy February 23, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Sounds lovely. Not even going to try to find that here in Canada lol! Really enjoying the Deanston 12 thanks to you Ralfy! That and the Glenallachie my favourite 12 yr olds at the moment. Cheers!

  16. Reply
    Captain Quantrill February 23, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Hello fellow malty muff munchers!!

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    Rich Boshart February 23, 2021 at 8:53 am

    I’m not a cask strength kind of guy. If I were, I’m sure that I’d love this, because I adore the standard Deanston 12.

  18. Reply
    Jim D February 23, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Rally,
    I have been a winemaker for over 30 years, about a hundred gallons a year. I have been a whiskey drinker for ten years. Always in moderation. So many people who I share a glass with will twirl their glass and access the legs. They marvel at the amount, and size of them. I never pay attention to legs. Is their any significance to them?? Thank you, Jim

  19. Reply
    N Henderson February 23, 2021 at 11:03 am

    I hate to say it but bigclivedotcom did too good of a job.

  20. Reply
    DJ Scottdog February 23, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Yes deanston is great , the palo cotardo 12 is litterly the nicest whisky i have in my cabinet and theres 100 bottles up to 40yo. I wish i have bought more of it when i had the chance.

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    Elijah K February 23, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Ralfy – new subscriber here! Loving your reviews, going back and checking many of them out! Just a quick question – once I open a bottle of whiskey, how long will it last? There seems to be some comments out there that it will only last 2-3 years before it oxidizes? Just interested in your opinion on that. Thanks so much!

  22. Reply
    R David Robinson February 23, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Looking for it in NYC. Love to try it. Hope they shipped some over.

  23. Reply
    Paul Hoffman February 23, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    G'day Ralphy what temperature is room temperature for your water in the bothy? I ask because if you live in a warm climate you would be talking above 20 deg C (68F) so would that ruin the flavours.

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    ian macbrooke February 23, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Deanston is my 'go-to' whenever 'the boss' comes over to drop a hook off the dock. Mad-crazy for fishing he is. Lovely dram Deanston is. Take care Ralfy and God speed.

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    Iain Sommerville February 23, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    I’m sure this is a lovely whisky Ralfy, But at more than twice the price of the standard 12-year-old, frankly I’m not tempted.

  26. Reply
    Fets Ki February 23, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    Is rum a distraction during a whisky review?

  27. Reply
    Curtis Hopkins February 23, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Ralfy, I wounder if you would consider increasing your video offerings to 4K?
    Cheers

  28. Reply
    Jack The Pickled Hound February 23, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Very nice review. I'm glad to hear your opinion on finishings. I've been prejudiced about proper bourbon casking lately to find and enjoy the "honest" distillery character.
    But as a enjoy my dram I crave more dried fruit flavors and a chocolate finish.
    As my collecting must slow down due to lack of space and funds, is there a perfect dram? That I own already? Perhaps in a bottle I have yet to open.

  29. Reply
    John W February 24, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Great malt moment, Ralfy. I've got the Deanston 12 and it's a beautiful whisky. Saw this one pop up on Google the other day and it seemed interesting. There's the Bordeaux 10 year old too that should have been travel retail only which looks interesting (also much cheaper than this one). Cheers mate, and take care!

  30. Reply
    Robert Rogers February 24, 2021 at 2:41 am

    You have probably commented on this before Ralfy but some sherried malts have become too damn sickly sweet for my taste. I much prefer a peated Laphroaig or Ardbeg or a highly phenolic 100 proof bourbon. You made reference to this but some of these malts taste and smell like they have been "sweetened or seasoned". I find it off putting because there are other sherry aged malts that strike the right balance.

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    W P February 24, 2021 at 3:10 am

    Hope you will review a cask strength Ardmore soon. Slainthe

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    Let us & Numb us February 24, 2021 at 4:20 am

    Dear Malt Mates, if the Deanston 12yo Madeira finish can't be found, see if you can find Tyrconnel 10yo Madeira finish. Lovely bottle.

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    rockjack482 February 24, 2021 at 4:23 am

    I guess it's ml after all. Cl = 10ml. 5cl is a quarter of your glencairn

  34. Reply
    Adam Parsons February 24, 2021 at 4:37 am

    Hi Ralfy, thank you for the great review.

    I recently bought a bottle of Glen Moray 13 Year Old Madeira Cask. I took a chance on it as I generally like the Glen Moray range, but also it is bottled at 46.3%, natural colour, non-chill filtered , small batch and spent its entire maturation in Madeira casks. As you mentioned you like Madeira matured Whisky's I thought its worth mentioning. Glen Moray also have done another similar bottling but with Sauternes cask which I have bought, 14 years old, cask strength, also natural colour and non-chill filtered . Both integrity whisky's maybe worth looking out for, and both at decent price, not the cheapest for the age, but hopefully worth it for the quality of the bottling.

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    Pfalzgraf February 24, 2021 at 4:51 am

    Nice to see Ralfy so happy about a Whisky! 🙂

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