Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old

Reviewed on Tue 15 Mar, 2016

You could be forgiven for thinking this was a lowland whisky, with it's honey-like sweetness, floral notes and overall softness. This is easy drinking scotch whisky at its finest.

Dalwhinnie is part of Diageo's Classic Malt range - half a dozen whiskies from each of the regions in Scotland that belong to the Diageo portfolio. The Dalwhinnie is a highland whisky that is quite high indeed - it is actually nestled amongst the Drumochter Hills and is one of the highest distilleries in Scotland.

On the nose: Sweet, honey and almost champagne like on the nose. Fresh cut grass. It's very crisp, though while there's not a whole lot of depth it is very pleasant indeed.

The taste: Pears, honeysuckle and vanilla sponge cake. There's not much depth in the palate. It's a little flat and not what you'd call "awe-inspiring", but very pleasant nonetheless.

The finish: Short. It's kind of like a puff of smoke - whoomph - and it's gone. I've seen other reviews stating this has a long and lingering finish... it doesn't.

Personally... You could be forgiven for thinking this was a lowland whisky, with it's honey-like sweetness, floral notes and overall softness. Jim Murray awarded this 95 points in his Whisky Bible - unfortunately it's not that great, but it's certainly a value-for-money dram that doesn't disappoint. Most of the production from Dalwhinnie ends up in Black & White blended scotch, which is a bit disappointing to be honest, as this is a case of the parts being greater than the sum. But at least we can be thankful that this great single malt is readily available.


Nose:  84/100 
Taste:  83/100 
Finish:  80/100 
Personal Rating: 83/100 
Value for Money:  85/100 
Overall Rating:  83/100 

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