We make a return to Single Malt Whisky this week with the Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old.
The distillers claim that, 'Dalwhinnie is situated between the gentle, grassy style of the Lowlands and the austere, firm body of Speyside, which begins some 25 miles to the north. The style is that of the Highlands; a resilient marriage of gentleness and spirit.'
Owned by Diego, just like the Haig Clubman that we reviewed a couple weeks ago, the distillery used to use copper worm tubs to condense the new make. They were however replaced in 1986. However the impact this made on the character of the spirit meant that in 1995, the change was reversed.
Colour: Yellow gold.
Nose: immediately appealing; gentle smoke with honey, ripe fruits and grassy heather.
Taste: Often said to appeal to those who 'don't like whisky', this is actually more complex than it first appears and offers hidden depths of vanilla with sublte orange suggestions.
Finish: Some smoke surprises, then gives way to a sweeter finish. Perhaps dark chocolate also.