Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry Oloroso
Added coloring: Yes
Average price: € 39.00
Official website: www.malts.com
Despite having represented the Highlands for years in Diageo’s Classic Malts, Dalwhinnie is a distillery that is little considered, that seems to work in the shadows and for which the spotlight is only shone on the occasion of a few Special Releases, such as this year’s, which featured, among others, a Dalwhinnie 30yo.
Today we have the pleasure of tasting the 15yo, an entry level in a rather meagre core range, which aligns, in addition to the bottling in question, a Distillers Edition and a NAS, that is a whisky with no age statement, called Winter’s Gold.
Aged in a mix of ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks, Dalwhinnie 15yo, widely available in both physical shops and online shops, is offered at 43% ABV.
The colour is a beautiful gold.
On the nose, the very first impression is of muscat wine, which declines sharply after a few minutes, followed by a clear memory of cider, a nuance of pear and a fragrance of almond. The range of fruity scents, with the exception of a scent of freshly baked brioche, is enriched by a caress of golden drop plum, before veering towards citrus with lemon zest and a little ginger. A fresh, summery nose that invites convivial drinking.
On the palate the consistency is almost absolute: grafted onto a light body are notes of cider, pear, almond and ginger, the latter growing steadily, until a medium-long finish that leaves a pleasant sensation of ripe white fruit and ginger in the mouth.
The Dalwhinnie 15yo resembles those people who don’t feel the need to show off at all costs how good they are. A gentle whisky, as the label says, in a low voice, for those who prefer a whisper to a clamour, discretion to chatter, plus excellent value for money.
Reviews of Dalwhinnie whisky in the blog:
Dalwhinnie 30yo Special Release 2020
Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost Game of Thrones – House Stark