Whisky Review: Dalwhinnie Aged 30 Years Diageo Special Release 2019

Style: Sweet, Delicate and Dignified

Nose:
Elegant heather honey, waxy tropical fruits compote and sweet honeydew coming up at the front, showing all the signs of a well-matured whisky here, excellent. Spearmint forming a firm backbone, while white flower, floral nectar and barley attached comfortably on it. Lemon menringue and toffee undercurrent giving a fat, oily base. Finishes with a touch of tar and wood smoke. Very lovely.

Palate:
A delicate stream of stewed tropical fruits flowing in, some ultra-pure and sweet honeydew carefully placed on top of honey wax and agar agar. Then there is some lemon citrus, confectioneries and white flower forming a round and oily buffer. The oak shows up early and is quite entrenched into the spirit, you can definitely feel the age here. Oatmeal mixing with wood chips , cacao powder, ginger, nutmeg, white pepper and some cinnamon sticks, plenty of dry spices emerge at the second half. Chocolate oak and soft wood smoke finishes at the back.

Finish:
Sweet melon mochi, heather sweetness swaying in the chamber, longan with a slice of ginger. Sweet, gentle and savoury.

Thoughts:
Dalwhinnie has a special place in my heart because the standard 15 years old is one of the very first single malts when I started my journey of whisky. More than happy to see a new expression from this distillery. Now, this Dalwhinnie 30 years old is playing on a delicate balance of the gentle distillate and matured oaky notes. While at times the expression swings from one side to another, but there are buzzing dry spices and waxy sweetness to create a sufficient middle ground and gel the profile together. Creating a sweet, delicate, dignified and multifaceted dram.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[54.7% | Original Bottling | Natural Cask Strength | Limited Edition | 3022 of 7584 Bottles | **-]

-Esmond

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