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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.