Whisky Review: Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old

Style: Rich and Delicate

Nose:

A delicate but rich honey scent rises from the glass, fresh barley, Chinese melon candy, tailing with a blotch of dry smoke. Beautiful stuff. Do some light digging we have grass oil, vanilla ice cream and lightly charred wood spice. Smooth, rich flavours with exceptional texture and balance.

Palate:

Neat entrance, heather honey delivered with clean barley and fresh spring water. Softer tropical fruits underlined by almonds and smoke on the second layer. Rich vanilla ice cream, papaya puree in the middle. Wood spice lifting up gently while more honey filling up the empty spaces. Barley and subdued peat smoke goes drier towards the end.

Finish:

Whispering subtle malt and dry smoke, traces of heather honey slowly resurface at the finish.

Thoughts:

Dalwhinnie 15 is one of my earliest whiskies but it is until quite recently that I truly appreciate how well it has been made. Delicate texture and rich flavours with brilliant composure. I am falling in love with the robust, oily Highland style of whisky these days… It is a blessing that whisky at this calibre comes at such an incredible price point, but it is also a curse that makes it incredibly underrated. Truely remarkable dram. Exceptional whisky doesn’t have to be expensive!

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[43% • 2015 • Original Botting • General Release]

-Esmond