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.