Tried this one at a tasting in Toronto hosted by the LCBO. The last time Dalwhinnie has been seen in cask strength form, aside from the Diageo Special Releases from 2012 and 2015, was in 1997 with the release of SMWS 102.13 so this is a fun thing to try especially at such an old age.
Nose: Very lovely heather honey notes, shea butter, cocoa powder, marzipan, vanilla pudding powder, lemon peel, ripe strawberries, nutmeg, mace and orange peel
Palate: Much oilier then the nose gives, lots of baking spices and clove and then it goes into the thick heather honey, cocoa powder, skim milk, shea, almond butter, tea leaves and lemon curd
Finish: Medium to Long with lemon peel, mace, clove and toasted almonds
Surprisingly spice forward and a tad hot even after 30 years of maturation. With water the spices are tempered a tad but not a while lot but even then there's still a lot of good stuff to talk about. The spirit qualities are lovely and rich with great honey flavors and nice toasty almonds and toasted breads along with some lovely butteriness that remind me a lot of some stellar 70s Convalmore and Mortlach (not the meaty kind of Mortlach though.) I hope we see more indie bottlings of Dalwhinnie again because there's some great qualities here that really should be shown off in single cask form!