Today our contributor Dannies reviews the Dalwhinnie 15YO. Dannies works in an agency that handles the marketing and branding of beer and spirits, and he loves his whisky – for a man who’s surrounded by spirits at work, it’s safe to say this guy knows what he’s talking about. A good friend of IWRS, expect to see more of Dannies’ in depth reviews here!
Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old
43% ABV , 700ml
This is one of classic malt range owned by Diageo. Comes from Highland region which is known for its fruity character. Look at the bottle & packaging. It looks so classic. But don’t be fooled by the look. This product is highly rated by Jim Murray the Whisky Bible writer. It gets 95 score! So high. But does the taste live up the hype? Let’s have a look.
Color: it’s pretty light amber but it’s quite thick and slow down when you swirl around the nosing glass.
Nose: In many ways remind me to Johnnie Walker Gold Label. It has that ripped apple and honey aroma. A bit floral at the end.
Taste: It’s quite malty at first. Then a bit nut. There’s vanilla note and at the end has some honey taste. It lacks some smoky and complexity from peat.
Finish: quite long & lingering.
Overall it’s simple and easy to drink single malt. Pretty straight forward dram. Not so complex as I’d love to have in whisky. Some people go crazy with this whisky. I assume Jim Murray fall in love with this dram. Again, it’s up to their preference. I believe there’s no such a bad real whisky. Only one you like or you don’t like.
Have you tried this whisky? What’s your take? Let me know your thought.
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