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Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old bottled 1980s

Searching For Sugar Man and barley

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

17th Sep 2014


Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old bottled 1980s
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Jim Murray scored 95 and Ralfy 90, so I had some expectations for this one (even though I'm not usually on the same page with mr Murray).

I guess, being one of the highest distilleries in Scotland, isn't just marketing talk. Dalwhinnie 15 yrs has a crispy tone, even though I didn't feel any other marine qualities.

Matured in ex-bourbon casks, it is a very nice single malt. And big emphasis on the word malt here. Sugared barley dominates so much in this "not that well-known whisky", that I had to name it after "Sugar Man" Rodriguez.

Dalwhinnie is like that folk singer, both having only two products out there, which are good but not so distinguished. Well, I don't know if both Dalwhinnie's whiskies are good in their range, but I can only guess.

I didn't know it but I was Searching For Sugar Man and I found one – full of great barley.

Nose: Floral with honey and little bit of toffee. Barley is great in the nose! Water brings some pepper.

Taste: Tea and malt with crispy citrus. Sugared barley is strong and great.

Finish: Nuts and malt along with spices. Water makes it more bitter.

Balance: Non-complex, yet a good single malt. With malt being the keyword.

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