Dalwhinnie Winters Gold (43%, OB, 2020)
- ABV: 43%
- Age: NAS
- Bottling: OB
- Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
- Cost: £47.05 available from Amazon
- Origin: Dalwhinnie distillery
- Vintage: undeclared
What they say
An indulgent, honeyed Dalwhinnie that is comforting, rich and sweet, with notes of heather and peat and spicy warmth. This denser, more deep-flavoured Dalwhinnie combines a reassuring, gentle firmness with an aromatic spiciness while remaining superbly accessible throughout. It’s crisp, dry and fragrant nose and smooth flavours of heather, honey-sweetness, malt and citrus-fruits lead to a lingering, sweet finish with smoke, peat and malt. Serving Suggestion: Best served straight from the freezer.
Official tasting notes:
- APPEARANCE Deep gold; almost polished bronze.
- BODY Medium in body. Soft and golden syrup-smooth.
- NOSE Broad, firm, smooth and clean, yet with a compelling, sweet, honeyed, dessert character that suggests the indulgence to come. An ever-present fragrant and smooth waxiness underscores higher glimpses of fruit, suggesting a caramel tart on a smear of sharp apricot coulis, or sweet shortcrust pastry offset by orange zest. There’s also a menthol freshness and a modest, smoky note.
- PALATE Smoothly honeyed, sweet, comforting and rich- textured with a balancing ripe autumn-fruit tartness. Growing spicy, with gingerbread; then denser with rich malt loaf, suggestions of molasses and mint; and later soft, distant smoke.
- FINISH Exquisitely heart-warming: lingering and comforting with a pleasingly chewy conclusion. Smooth and unctuous with sweet malt, raisins and dark chocolate. Growing lightly aromatic, too, with hints of dates and sandalwood.
What I say
Introduced in 2015 to much amusement, this core Dalwhinnie expression was hailed as deriving from spirit runs performed during the winter – therefore slower and more flavourful and also as best served chilled. Anyone that knows anything about whisky can smell complete and utter marketing bullshit like this from a mile away. Thankfully most of this nonsense is largely ignored though there are still suggestions to chill this whisky before serving (please don’t, at least not until you’ve tried it at room temperature first).
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Bright amber gold (10/20), fine tears and long medium legs.
- Nose: Sweet, vanilla, floral, gentle cereals, soft fruits, apple, pear, peach, soft caramel/toffee, crisper and citric green apples.
- Taste: Red apple, cinnamon, gristy malted barley, heather honey, gentle peppers, spiced oak wood, quite bitter, a touch leathery and soapy sandalwood.
- Finish: Medium, leather, marzipan, cinnamon.
Not much to write home about, soft subtle Dalwhinnie without too much character of flavour – and that’s at room temperature – if you want to buy this to drink it chilled save your pennies and buy Absolut Vanilla instead.
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