Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml (Scotland)
From the highest distillery in Scotland (at 326 metres above sea level), set in the windswept Grampian mountains of the Highlands, comes this delicate malt to be savoured. Originally called ‘Strathspey’, the Dalwhinnie distillery was founded by James Buchanan in 1897. Buchanan became well known for his ‘Buchanan’ and ‘Black & White’ blends which used Dalwhinnie as a core component. Later renamed ‘Dalwhinnie’, (Gaelic for “meeting place” ) the distilleries site is where cattle drovers and smugglers met on their way to markets in the south.
The whisky itself is often referred to as ‘The Gentle Spirit’, in contrast to the rugged environment it is produced in. This is testified to by its subtle, smooth, lightly smoked character and heathery, honey finish. Barely classifiable as a Speyside distillery, Dalwhinnie’s location is at least forty kilometres south of the dense collection of stills in the ‘lower Spey’. The distilleries endless water supply comes from the Allt an t’Sluic spring, bedded in granite. Current management boast their use of traditional wooden washbacks and distinctive lye pipes leading from the tops of the stills.
A great malt which Jim Murray awarded 95 points in his Whisky Bible, this is excellent value for money. The flavours are simple, but flawless, a clean, crisp 15 year old from the Dalwhinnie distillery.
Nose: Aromatic, toffee, fruit salad, lush nectarine, custard. Floral, apple blossom, honeysuckle. Apple peels, pear, touch of smoke.
Palate: Malty. Walnuts steeped in manuka honey with vanilla sponge. Gentle smoke weaves its way through the cereal with a touch of spice.
Finish: Long, malty, walnut, almond.