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04 Sep 2010

Dalwhinnie 1970 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Dalwhinnie

Dalwhinnie is part of the Diageo Classic Malts but even then releases are very rare. I couldn’t find much information about this bottle, but it’s clear that Gordon & MacPhail have bottled several 1970 casks at the end of the 80’s and beginning of the 90’s.


Dalwhinnie 1970/1991 G&M Dalwhinnie 21 yo 1970 (40%, Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 1991, 70 cl.)

Nose: a beautiful marriage of mainly two aromas. First, all sorts of beehive aromas (wax, honey, pollen) and then a soft marmalade side (yellow plums, some apple). All this coated with a layer of peat smoke that’s just great. Hints of turpentine. Some oak and grassy notes. Mouth: starts powerful and peppery. Less fruity than expected, although there is some pear. A bit of caramel. Then shows grassy notes and big hints of herbal tea, liquorice and mint. A bit heavy on the oak. Finish: fairly herbal and slightly bitter. Hints of peat again. Medium length.

This Dalwhinnie started on a very interesting and rewarding nose, but it couldn’t hold the constant level I was hoping for. Still very nice.

Score: 86/100

Dalwhinnie 1970 (Gordon & MacPhail) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-09-04
  • Charlie

    Nice review. This looks like another Connoisseurs Choice that is good but not that good yet.

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