There are not that many expressions of Dalwhinnie and yet it is one of Diageo’s bestsellers, top 15 material. It is already the third time that we may welcome it into the Special Releases. In 2012 and 2015 we got a 25 years old, but this time Diageo offers up a Dalwhinnie that matured for three decades, making it the one but oldest ever releases (the oldest being a Dalwhinnie 1966 Cask Strength bottled in 2002).
Lovely nose! Mild but with a wonderful trace of woodsmoke. A snuffed out candle. Lovely acidity. Reminds me of the citric acid candy. Lots of heather. White fruit and leather. Nicely old school.
Creamy on the palate, very mouth coating and heavily seasoned. Grapefruit, quinine, nutmeg and a fantastic salty edge that gives it a depth that will make you happy. You’ll feel the ABV, but water is unnecessary.
The warm pepper continues in the long, waxy finish.
Absolutely impressive Dalwhinnie. It will set you back some 500 EUR though.