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24 Sep 2009

Dalwhinnie 15y

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Dalwhinnie

Dalwhinnie represents the Central Highlands in the Classic Malts series of Diageo. It is one of the highest situated distilleries of Scotland (326m above sea level) and among the top-15 of most sold Dalwhinnie 15single malt whisky¬†worldwide. Production and releases are limited though, there’s only the 15 years old and the 17 years old Distiller’s Edition (15 years + 2 years in oloroso sherry casks).

 

Dalwhinnie 15yo (43%, OB 2007)

Nose: light, malty (beer and cereal notes) and very honeyed. Slightly phenolic. Fruity (peach, citrus). Rather expressive, I must say. Mouth: quite malty and honeyed. Oily. Some heather and vanilla. Lemon. Again a little more smoke than I expected. A few roasted and sugary notes. Slightly herbal towards the end. Finish: falls down a bit. Rather grassy.

A good middle-of-the-road dram: full-bodied, clean and sweet without being cloying. Indeed a representative of the Highlands style and great quality for the price.

Score: 84/100

Dalwhinnie 15y 3 Ruben Luyten 2009-09-24

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  • Tabrulavubeg: I prefer the 18yo over this 15yo aswell as the old (2009) 15yo. Sadly, it's not just a rumour but appears to be a fact that the 18 yo is about to be d
  • Ormiston Whisky: I agree, it's a nice drink but for me I preferred the 18yr old. The 18 is cheaper but rumours are it is being discontinued due to lack of supply.
  • WhiskyNotes: Modern NAS usually comes down to abundant vanilla sweetness or a punchy sherry influence, usually from newish oak. In this case, I see a decent, fruit

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