Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old (43%, OB, 2011)
- Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Dalwhinnie distillery
- Bottling: Official – Diageo
- ABV: 43%
- Cost: £35
- Score 70/100
What they say:
The Dalwhinnie distillery [established 1898]. From the highest distillery in Scotland, set in the windswept Grampian Mountains with their unlimited supply of fresh spring water, comes this delightfully gentle, smoky malt.
A big, crisp, dry and very aromatic nose with hints of heather and peat.
Light to medium.
Smooth, soft and lasting flavours of heather, honey sweetness and vanilla followed by deeper citrus-fruit flavours and hints of malted bread.
Long, lingering, surprisingly intense finish that starts sweetly, then gives way to smoke, peat and malt.
What I say:
The Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old is another of Diageo’s classic malt core range that attracts quite a fan club. Perhaps gaining popularity from some of the more reserved whisky drinkers, this is a very delicate easy-drinking whisky with some very pleasing flavours and aromas in it. In particular whenever I drink Dalwhinnie I call to mind coconut, coconut and a dash more coconut. I quite like coconuts – so I enjoy drinking Dalwhinnie.
The Dalwhinnie distillery is set in stunning countryside just off the A9 between Blair Atholl and Aviemore – you can’t miss it. The large picturesque white distillery building is just off the main highway and is practically the only thing in the whole glen and is well worth stopping off at for a visit. From the photo above you can make out the two giant worm tub condensers outside of the distillery, which allow the Scottish climate to take care of condensing their spirit as it comes out of the stills.
Light, floral [rose], cereals [malted barley] and custard cream biscuits [a little vanilla perhaps]
This is smooth and light in the mouth and has a strong coconut flavour with subtle vanilla’s [vanilla custard with a little nutmeg] & heather honey.
Reasonably long and a little drying with an almost icing sugar sweetness then spicier as it develops
Would I buy it again:
Most likely, I have finished 70cl in relatively short time which I bought on offer at £25 from Tesco’s supermarket. This whisky is also hugely popular with many of my guests and “non” whisky drinkers. I have a 20cl on the go from one of the classic malt range gift sets received as a gift from a great friend of mine after visiting Glenkinchie distillery recently. I suspect If I see another bottle in the supermarket on offer I’ll buy it again no questions. This whisky does exactly what it says on the tin and provides my coconut fix whenever I need one. I suspect this would be ideal to pair with pineapple or other tropical fruit desserts or milk chcocolate. I’m guessing a little tipped over ice-cream would be a fantastic combination too!