Dalwhinnie Winter's Frost - House Stark

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Game of Thrones
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
14 Jan 2019 2:41 pm by Dirk

Average value

€ 74,11

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Whisky Reviews for Dalwhinnie Winter's Frost - House Stark

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.33 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    When I noticed that Dalwhinnie was the malt linked to House Stark – somewhat the heroes of Game of Thrones – I was a bit disappointed, but on the other hand it is one of the coldest distilleries in Scotland at an elevation of 326 meters and a temperature of approx. 6° Celsius year round. The name makes me wonder if it is just a re-bottling of the Winter’s Gold, which I found to be mediocre. Fingers crossed.

    Well, the nose is quite pleasant, in fact. Vanilla, apples, bergamot, peach and raizins. Some menthol and cold coffee. Dark caramel. It’s a bit ‘darker’ that the Winter’s Gold, if you know what I mean. Plums. Honey. Cinnamon. Pleasant indeed.

    The arrival is okay-ish. Creamy and fruity with a feisty edge. Sweet and sour now, as if from oranges and Granny Smith apples, followed by some pepper and cinnamon. Ginger as well. And a floral note. Midpalate I get some lemon juice and quinine.

    The finish is medium long, honeysweet with a sour touch and a mild spiciness. Some tannins at the death.

    Well, this is much better than the Winter’s Gold! Pleasantly surprised.

  2. grinface scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Not a bad Whisky. Did like the nose with fruits, vanilla and sweetness. The rest was a bit short. Probably some more % would have helped. Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2019/05/01/stark-vs-greyjoy-dalwhinnie-vs-talisker/

  3. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    This one surprised me in a positive way, for I expected some kind of Winter's Gold edition, as the name suggested a little. But is was not like that sweet and weak stuff at all: A bit 'darker' fruits, spicy, oranges. It made me remind of the Distiller's Edition, which is much better than the Winter's Gold in my opinion.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Pretty full 'nose', fruity, prunes, tropical fruit, honey. Later on it gets a little lighter, floral, and some herbal as well, cinnamon and vanilla.
    • Taste
      84 84
      A little pepper, sweet, honey, also some orange now, pretty full taste, spicy, cinnamon, and again floral.
    • Finish
      83 83
      A little pepper left, sweet, honey and some oranges, middle long.

  4. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 11 points Expert Senior

    Another winters gold rebottling. +1 for new label.

  5. Dris scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. Bosi scored this whisky 79 points Specialist

    Honestly, I expected worse. The whisky is well balanced, does not look too young and goes well with summer. Of course, it lacks body and complexity, but this bottling is reminiscent of how good Dalwhinnie could be. Too bad that it often stays with the subjunctive.
    • Nose
      The nose opens with a fruit bouquet: green apples, pears, bananas and grapefruit. Over time, aromas of freshly squeezed lemon, cereals, honey and milky vanilla notes develop.
    • Taste
      The texture is pleasantly oily and the taste shows off its nutty side with cornflakes and malt flavors, honey and a hint of lime.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and gains some sharpness. Caramel remains and I have the impression that there is somewhere in the background a very light smoke.

  7. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    That's a decent whisky. Nothing to complain about and I would also give it to relax.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Here finally something happens again in the nose, quite intense for the 40%, slightly tart, sourish fruit, a very filigree sweetness, a touch of marzipan, a very fine touch of chocolate, if I had to classify the fruit, I waver between apple and pear , after the first sip, it is also in the nose towards tangerine
    • Taste
      82 82
      Quite intense in the mouth, creamy, very sweet at the beginning, slightly tart, here rather ripe to overripe fruit, then rather tangerine, the sweetened, very complacent
    • Finish
      82 82
      Mandarin, sweetness combined with light acid, also here as if you were drinking the juice from a mandarin tin, medium long

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 83 points Moderator

    If I had to rate a tea this one would be pretty OK, but it is about whisky so...
    • Nose
      86 86
      Wet hay, apples, pears, green fruits, limes, hints of tobacco, seabreeze, whiffs of iodine - not bad
    • Taste
      82 82
      Oily, not punchy, subtle sweetness, green tea, hints of black tea, chamomile, little citrusy
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium short, warm

  9. d-evil scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    taste: first fruity, dark fruits; second salty, fishy

    smell: caramel,

  10. detachedblue scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Consider the retail price, this is a good whisky with a smooth taste
    • Nose
      Orange, a lot of honey, milk chocolates, oak spices, pear drops
    • Taste
      Young, pear drops, honey
    • Finish
      Mints, oak, medium


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