The the distillery of Dalwhinnie is located in the heart of Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. At an altitude of almost 1,100 feet above sea level it is one of the highest distilleries in all of Scotland. It’s proximity and access to the wonderfully clear and fresh waters of the Allt an T’Sluic Spring contributes a great deal towards the flavours of the whisky. Being located in an overlapping region of Spey and the Highlands there has been considerable debate over the years about whether Dalwhinnie should be classified as a Speyside whisky or a Highland one. Interestingly, the distillery is one of the few in Scotland that continues to use wooden worm tubs to this day.
The Dalwhinnie 15 is most often seen along with the Lagavulin 16 from the island of Islay, Glenkinchie 12 from the Lowlands, Talkiser 10 from the Isle of Skye, Oban 14 from the Western Highlands and the Cragganore 12 from the Speyside region as a part of it’s owner, Diageo’s Classic Malts Selection.
The distillery has a range of official bottlings, with it’s signature single malt being the 15-year. Additionally, the distillery also offered a 20-year old, a 36-year old expression which have now been discontinued and succeeded by the no age statements Winter’s Gold and Distiller’s Edition. A large percentage of the single malt distilled at Dalwhinnie is also used in the Diageo owned Buchanan and Black & White blended whiskies. Here’s my review of the Dalwhinnie 15:
Colour: Bright gold.
Nose: Dry, aromatic herbs followed by a bit of peat.
Body: Light to medium body
Palate: Vanilla, sweet honey and fruity.
Finish: The lingering fruity sweetness gradually makes way for hints of spice and peat ending with a malty note.
Pairing: I have enjoyed my Dalwhinne 15 with a creme caramel on a couple of occasions. I also quite like it by itself.