Dalwhinnie Winter's Frost - House Stark

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 106.83

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Whisky Reviews for Dalwhinnie Winter's Frost - House Stark

52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.73 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. 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.

  3. WhiskyRanked scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Well balanced nose - fruit medley, caramel, vanilla and a little smoke deterred by a slight astringency. After a few minutes more fruit, peaches & plums, bursts out. Also a note of mint. Peaches, plums, tart lemon candies on the palate and is joined by cereals and floral notes. Towards the end there is a sour note before a long cereal finish.

    Overall - I am pleasantly surprised by this one, especially for the cost. This punched well above its weight and beat out a few "better" scotches in a few of my blind tastings.

  4. MackenzieOB95 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Nose: Sweetness of honey and fruit, slightly smoky, and a little malt.

    Palate: Honey comes through followed by a little smoke and spice. Smooth and fruity as well. Hint of vanilla/maple syrup.

    Finish: Very smooth. Vanilla stronger on the finish. Malty as well. Did not expect this much sweetness but I am very happy about it!

    Overall Score: 87. This is my second Game Of Thrones bottle I’ve tasted and so far they’re 2 for 2. Very enjoyable and mellow. The smokiness and the malt is excellent. I’m very pleased that my allegiance to The North has proven to be the right decision.

  5. grinface scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    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/

  6. niski scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Hoorhay scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Pretty mediocre malt, not much complexity in it.

  8. DillaDonut1 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  9. Thoma scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. Romansen scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80


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