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Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old

A gentle, light, but enjoyable whisky

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@jdcookReview by @jdcook

30th Oct 2009


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The nose is gentle, full of fruit, particularly pears and raisins, and gentle peat smoke, with a touch of honey. Really quite subtle, but worth pondering over for several sniffs.

The taste is light and spicy, followed by a spritely spirit burst that warms the mouth as the taste evolves, adding a honey sweetness and dried fruits.

The finish is surprisingly long and warm, full of honey and dried fruits, with a long drawn out, but gentle, peat smoke wisping through in the background. Unlike a lot of other malts though, after the finish ends (which take several minutes), my palate feels completely blank, even refreshed - like I could move on to any other malt.

I must admit to being a little surprised that this has been reviewed so negatively by a number of members. It's not in my top 10, but it is a genuinely refreshing and interesting malt.

Maybe I just got a good bottle...

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jdcook commented

The further I get into the glass, the spicier this gets, but it feels like it just adds robustness to what is a very gentle whisky to me...

10 years ago 0

yossiyitzak commented

I hadn't looked at any of the Dalwhinnie reviews on Connsr and actually never heard anyone ever say anything bad about it. Such a nice all-rounder. A great, reliable, every-day dram if you ask me. I don't own a bottle (though I should) but if I see if at a bar or restaurant, it's one of my top drams to order. Delicious stuff!

10 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

I remember writing that it was too salty and powerful for me, but that probaby has more to do with me than the quality of the dram.

10 years ago 0

jeanluc commented

I pretty much always have a bottle of the Dalwhinnie 15 in my cabinet. Its a great dram, but not an earth shaker.

10 years ago 0

jdcook commented

@Jean-Luc - that is pretty much dead on how I feel about it

10 years ago 0

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