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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old Reviews

    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old 68
    Based on 17 reviews.
    Rated on a scale of 50 to 99
    Distillery
    Dalwhinnie
    Style
    Single Malt
    Release
    Unspecified
    Age
    15 Years
    Alcohol
    43% abv.
    Region
    Scotland, Highlands
    Bottled For
    Distillery

    The "Classic Malt" from the Highlands, from Scotland's highest distillery (326m).

    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by ChadDavis

    7650/99
    Color
    Amber -2 Straw
    Nose
    Citrus, grass
    Body
    It was not viscous; rather thin really.
    Palate
    I took it neat. Water sullies it. It has a Citrus profile, just like it smells. There are Grassy notes and pine needle, but it isn’t at all interesting.
    Finish
    The medium finish that tasted like alcohol.

    What a disappointing whisky. High Price point, 15 years of maturation, a good reputation and being nicknamed "the Honey malt", do mot a good whisky make! It was mediocre at best. I had it in an Irish Pub in San Antonio a couple of years ago, but it was oxidized and therefore ruined. So I bought a bottle for around $70.00. I could have done much better for the money. It was indistinct, and bland. It did not have a honey profile to my palate. It was just plain Scotch, no frills. It didn't have gross problems, it was just very ordinary, almost like a grain driven Irish. I expected better, especially since Dalwhinnie is Diageo's Signature Malt representing the Highlands. It’s crap. Drink Teacher's Highland Cream, get better flavor and for a third of the price.

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    Light caramel
    Nose
    Unremarkable, general whiskey at the nose.
    Body
    Light to med. depending on if you add a splash of water or not.
    Palate
    Starts off with fierce fire, that quickly fades to a very fruity middle and ends with a unpleasant bitterness. If you add a generous splash of water the bitterness leaves but so does the rest of the complexity.
    Finish
    Bitter and unpleasant neat, thankfully short with some water added.

    If you like your scotch well watered and inoffensive you may enjoy the Dalwhinnie. But for the price you would be better served with a number of better highland Scotch options.

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Mark Henderson

    5550/99
    Color
    Gold.
    Nose
    Vanilla. Fruity sweetness.
    Body
    Very light bodied.
    Palate
    Malty. A characteristic Highlands dram.
    Finish
    difficult to find much to praise here. The flat finish didn't reveal anything distinct.

    This one dances on the tongue and has a sharp (but flat) finish. It may deserve a drop or two of water, but I had it neat. I'll finish this bottle eventually, but won't be too thrilled about it.

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Pale gold.
    Nose
    Oak, honey and vanilla.
    Body
    Light bodied.
    Palate
    Fresh, crisp and slightly sweet.
    Finish
    Short finish, encourages the next sip! This malt doesn't seem to last long in my glass before needing a top-up.

    Having visited the Dalwhinnie distillery, I really 'get' this malt. It makes no bones about being the lightest malt on the market - that's not a bad thing, just fact based on the location of the distillery. Situated in the coldest area in UK (ave temp of 6C) and highest elevation of any distillery in Scotland. There's a hint of peat due to the light smoking of the barley before malting and a hint of oak due to the treatment of the bourbon barrels used. The light aroma of this malt in a Glencairn glass takes me back to the experience of standing in the warehouse, taking in the 'Angels share'. For me, this is literally Heaven in a glass.

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Teaghlach Phabbay

    6050/99
    Color
    pale gold
    Nose
    Slight smoke, faint burnt oak.
    Body
    Thin and somewhat sweet.
    Palate
    Neutral
    Finish
    Weal finish. Very small bite.

    Very "bright" and somewhat tinny. Very thin and not much roll in the mouth. A fallback dessert dram.

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8050/99
    Color
    light gold
    Nose
    sweet malt, loads of honey and some wood bitters
    Body
    medium
    Palate
    honey and bitterness weave throughout vanilla, buttercream,
    Finish
    hint of salt, more vanilla and honey

    decent, but too sweet for my taste ... might be a good intro into malts if u dont like smoke or sherry flavors

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Mr Darcy

    7950/99
    Color
    Light gold
    Nose
    Light honey, citrus, heather floral.
    Body
    Light
    Palate
    Smooth vanilla, honey, nutty, grassy grain.
    Finish
    Short light flavor fallsaway nicely.

    Very good highland malt, excelent in all areas. Good with freinds and family.

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Eye-lah Guy

    8450/99
    Color
    Yellow gold in the glass
    Nose
    Dry vanilla oak nose of extreme subtlety
    Body
    Light
    Palate
    Clean grains and a vanilla honey suggestion, with a blast of sweetness eventually giving quarter to malt, for the success of the balance.
    Finish
    The finish remains...sweet...

    Many may disagree, but I find nothing inspiring or distinctive in this dram that justifies the $60 price-tag and all the hype. These tastings leave me decidedly unattached, and with so many superior malts in it's own region for far better bang, why buy?

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Quisnic

    8250/99
    Color
    light golden
    Nose
    Fruit, Brown Sugar, Peper, spice
    Body
    medium.
    Palate
    Smoke, spice, sea salt, black peper & oak.
    Finish
    long wit a slight burn at the end.

    A nice highland dram.

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Pick

    7850/99
    Color
    Straw
    Nose
    Mostly Vanilla and Oak accompanied by a pronounced sting
    Body
    Light
    Palate
    Strong on the Oak with hints of caramel
    Finish
    Warming and medium length with a little bite and bitterness lasting for a few moments after the swallow
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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Scotchaliver

    7650/99
    Color
    Golden goodness
    Nose
    Malted smoke with a hint of citrus and honey
    Body
    Medium bodied. Tough but no grit. Smooth with a bit of water added.
    Palate
    A bit bitter and heavy on the phenols. Rested for a while, it only gets better. Tasted right, honey will team up with vanilla.
    Finish
    Bitterness will subside with time but the sweat smokey ending can be short lived. Enjoy it while it lasts.

    For a 15 year old single malt, this one could be better. Has all the right parts but nothing stand out. Let it rest and add some h2o for better results. I will set this out to share with rookie single matters who need practice.

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8050/99
    Color
    Light Gold
    Nose
    Citrus and heather
    Body
    Light and smooth
    Palate
    Oak, grass and a hint of smoke
    Finish
    light finish, pleasant, slight smoke

    Love this whiskey, smooth, slightly smokey

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    7050/99
    Color
    Golden amber (light beer like)
    Nose
    Light oak, honeysuckle and citrus
    Body
    Very light almost dainty
    Palate
    One note. Very light oak flavor with some light floral and fruit under tones.
    Finish
    Short finish that is very tame. Aside from the price certainly a good beginner’s scotch.

    Very under whelming scotch.

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by AdmTom

    7850/99
    Color
    Golden straw
    Nose
    Sweet, a hint of smokiness
    Body
    Light, rolls around your tounge easily.
    Palate
    This is one of the more earthy malts I've tasted. It has a mild, generic sweetness, but it doesn't really remind me of any certain flavor.
    Finish
    The earthiness continues through the finish. Lingering mild smokiness is there is you're looking for it.

    If it was $10 USD cheaper, I'd view this malt much more favorably. It is an easy-to-drink malt that works well as a daily dram, but it lacks distinction. There is nothing wrong with it... it just doesn't have anything special. Even poor quality malts have something that distinguishes them. This one doesn't. It is pleasant and easy to drink, but doesn't differentiate itself in any way.

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    7450/99
    Color
    Sprightly gold
    Nose
    Spicy
    Body
    Soft but grainy
    Palate
    Dual taste of peaty salty flavours and ethanol.
    Finish
    Unpleasant.

    Not as good as expected from a 15 year old matured single malt.

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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8250/99
    Color
    Gold
    Nose
    Sweet, berrys, brown sugar
    Body
    Full bodied
    Palate
    Silky, berrys flavor is intensified,
    Finish
    Long finish, warm, but not so strong to the end
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    Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
    Review by ColoradoDram

    7750/99
    Color
    Gold, like a flat pilsener beer
    Nose
    Sweet fruit, grassy soil, more so with a few drops of water (also aerate this one a fair bit to reduce the phenolic attack on the nose).
    Body
    Light bodied, thin feel on the tongue even though the legs on the glass were pretty viscous. Again, a few drops of water improves the buttery feel on the tongue.
    Palate
    Confirms the nose, fruity malt, a grassy salad with fresh ground white pepper at the tail end.
    Finish
    Medium warm but quite long. A little more attack than other 15's I've tried.

    This is a nice representation of the Highlands - fruity malt and grassy, with a light pepper finish. I suggest water drops and patience aerating this one for best results. On final tastings of this malt, I dropped it a couple points due to some unwarranted/undesired phenolic attack.

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