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Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old

Sweet heather

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@FiberfarReview by @Fiberfar

12th Feb 2015

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Dalwhinnie 15 YO was one of the first single malts I ever bought. Back then, my palate was limited to "This tastes like whisky" and "I like it". Now, some six years or so later, I got a bottle for Christmas and figured I should review it.

Nose: Different kinds of honey, notably heather, as well as a broader floral expression. Citrus, possibly orange zest, sea salt. The nose is quite sweet.

Taste: Again with the honey. Honey made from heather, but without being particularly sweet. Spices, association to rye and barley, a hint of sweetness. After a while, I found the whisky somewhat dry, bitter and with tea notes.

Finish: Long finish with spices and tea. Sweet and bitter.

Water did little except downplay the honey and citrus, in favour of a stronger barley taste. The finish became less bitter as well.

Aside from being a fun revisit, I enjoy Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old. Sure, there is nothing extreme about it, and perhaps it's best suited as an entry to single malt whiskies, but I think it has enough going for it none the less. At the same time, I fully understand why others find this too simple.

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5 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

do you find it goes "off after a few months? that was my experience.

3 years ago 0

@TheConscience
TheConscience commented

I found the same, though it does not take long for it to go "off" for my palate. There is a metallic note that I picked up in my first sampling of this malt (at a bar, about 5 years ago). I also found it in a newly acquired bottle, like it was aged in a bourbon barrel filled with some loose change. I ended up "donating" the bottle to a friend.....

3 years ago 0

@Fiberfar
Fiberfar commented

Truth is, this bottle hasn't been open for more than a month, and the only time I've had Dalwhinnie before that was six years ago. I'll do a tasting this weekend, to check if it's 'off'.

3 years ago 0

@Fiberfar
Fiberfar commented

No, I still haven't got any off notes like you've experienced, @Nozinan and @TheConscience. One to drink quickly, perhaps?

3 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Perhaps, but at 43%, chill filtered and colored, I will likely stick with more craft-presented stuff, given my limited opportunities..... And this is one where I'd probably go for the caffeine free diet coke instead of a such a dram, though I would probably choose the whisky over diet Pepsi.

3 years ago 0

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