Dalwhinnie 30-year-old

Overall rating
88.40/100
votes
106
Whiskybase ID
WB140082
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2019
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Hogsheads & Butts
Number of bottles
7584
Strength
54.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281059334
Added on
06 oct 2019 9:54 am by maltaholic
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 628.31

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106 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Dalwhinnie 30-year-old

21 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.40 points.

  1. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    High-quality, high-quality whisky, without any frills, but also without failures, deep enough, not too wide palette of derivatives, but everything is very harmonious and cohesive.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, freshly sawn boards, lemonade notes, lemon peel, coated tablets, mineral shades - stone chips, mineral water with juice; green apples.
    • Taste
      Soft, saturated, oak, green apples, herbal shades, nuts, leather goods, creamy notes.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, delicate oak notes, ginger, leather goods, herbal tones.

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  3. BehindSpace scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. bankimate scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. hzs275 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Henry Wolf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose
    Spices, rosin, resins, star anise, tobacco leaf, lollipops, baked notes, yellow fruits, cereals
    22
    Taste
    Thick, sweetness, mild acid, fire effect, leather, tobacco leaf, yellow fruit
    23
    Aftertaste
    Long lasting, herbal notes, yellow pear
    23
    Balance
    Monolithic age release, difficult to develop
    22
    90/100

  8. Hlektrion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Quite sweet on white fruits and honey with the faintest menthol and a little spice.
    Only a splash of water is needed to get a little more sweetness out.
    The nose is ok but not very expressive.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. K C Wong scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. -sAxo- scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Why was it brought out as an SR bottling? Just because of the age? The whisky is reasonable but not great in any way. There are many, many similarly good whiskys at significantly better prices.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Grapes and other light fruits, vanilla and peanuts. There are also solvents and caraway seeds
    • Taste
      86 86
      spicy beginning, then becoming sweet and fruity. The alcohol stings a bit.
    • Finish
      86 86
      long finish with bitterness and spice.

  13. DrunkDude scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Characters of an old dram, vanilla, medium strong green apples, slight flavors of fresh pepper, scallion. 89
    • Taste
      88 88
      short Herbal honey sweet with veggie bitter, citrus lime peel then transfers to explosive spices, yeah, peppers. 88
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long Peppers spices, citrus and coco, coffee beans, herbal sweetness, tannin. 90

  14. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    A very fine and initially subtle aroma with sherry and some vanilla. Candied fruits and honey sweetness are pleasantly noticeable on the nose. A warm chocolate also appears lukewarm, reminiscent of a dark mousse. Finally, I smell flowers and grass.

    Taste:
    The strength of the barrel warms the mouth immediately and looks very oily. I taste sweet fruits and especially oak flavor on the palate. A little ginger spiciness and fine herbs complete the taste profile.

    Outlet:
    A long and warm finish. Sweet and waxy, drying out at the back.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This S**twinnie is suprisingly nice. Other releases has been below average,
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This malt takes a lot of time and care to bring its qualities to the fore. Then there is a very beautiful, elegant whisky, on the forehead of which is written "understatement", but which overall makes it lack a bit of complexity.

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2020/02/16/dalwhinnie-30-yo-diageo-special-releases-547-vol-ob-2019/

  17. smoked_herring scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    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.

    Colour: Gold

    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!

  18. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peach, honey, oak, spice, ripe pear, apple, and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Big oak and spice, honey, sweet peach, oak. Very rich and layered.
    • Finish
      Long, glowing spice, honey, and fruit.

  19. galg33 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nose: starting sweet with green grape sweetness, and polished oak, vanilla and baked apples, a floral touch, hay and more wood with lemony citrus touches and even more polished oak.

    Palate : lovely wood spices, waxy and deep, with quite some polished wood, spicy pepper, buttered oven cooked apple, cinnamon, ginger and caramel biscuits and a touch of mint and more grass.

    Finish : oak, spices mainly on cinnamon, ginger and orange peel.

    Conclusion: I was pleasantly surprised by this dram. It is much better than the 25 year old expressions released in the 2015 SR (reviewed here) , and I am loving the polished oak spice and waxy profile. A tad expensive indeed, but quality wise it’s top stuff.

  20. galg33 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nose: starting sweet with green grape sweetness, and polished oak, vanilla and baked apples, a floral touch, hay and more wood with lemony citrus touches and even more polished oak.

    Palate : lovely wood spices, waxy and deep, with quite some polished wood, spicy pepper, buttered oven cooked apple, cinnamon, ginger and caramel biscuits and a touch of mint and more grass.

    Finish : oak, spices mainly on cinnamon, ginger and orange peel.

    Conclusion: I was pleasantly surprised by this dram. It is much better than the 25 year old expressions released in the 2015 SR (reviewed here) , and I am loving the polished oak spice and waxy profile. A tad expensive indeed, but quality wise it’s top stuff.

  21. detachedblue scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet, old-style, fresh herbs, bready, custards, a touch of soots and farminess, huge refreshing herbs.
    • Taste
      Shy, huge herbs and mints, thymes, cookies, very hot.
    • Finish
      Short, bready and malty.

  22. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    my darlings from the series are

    1973-2003 Limited Edition 29yo
    1987-2012 SR 25yo

    Something different comes from 1989-2015 SR 25yo - it was produced in the time where UD had replaced the traditional Worm Tubs by others and this is noticeable in the style. 1989 does not come close to the abundance and intensity of its predecessors, but was clearly expensive to release.
    According to Diageo, the 30yo from 2019 is also from the short period without the 1989 Worm Tubs and you can tell it too - too bad.

    The Worm Tubs were restored in 1995;)

    I had half a dram - but a full little glass for the nose - my experience tells me that a Snifter would have harmed here rather with its large volume and the shy malt.

    I think the whisky is delicious - but extremely overpriced - I would grudgingly make € 250 loose - there I see the offered in comparison including 20% Fanboybonus. The score with PLV / PGV would be maximum at 86 points.
    • Nose
      89 89
      even lukewarm rather restrained - round and mature but not as excellent as I would expect for the price - also a bit more extroversion (intensity) must be there for me in the price range
    • Taste
      91 91
      great flavors but their concentration and presence are far too restrained - the points are there for the flavors - he seems a little "diluted"
    • Finish
      89 89

  23. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Old School

    There are not that many expressions of Dalwhinnie and yet it is one of Diageo’s bestsellers, top 15 material. It is already the third time that we may welcome it into the Special Releases. In 2012 and 2015 we got a 25 years old, but this time Diageo offers up a Dalwhinnie that matured for three decades, making it the one but oldest ever releases (the oldest being a Dalwhinnie 1966 Cask Strength bottled in 2002).

    Lovely nose! Mild but with a wonderful trace of woodsmoke. A snuffed out candle. Lovely acidity. Reminds me of the citric acid candy. Lots of heather. White fruit and leather. Nicely old school.

    Creamy on the palate, very mouth coating and heavily seasoned. Grapefruit, quinine, nutmeg and a fantastic salty edge that gives it a depth that will make you happy. You’ll feel the ABV, but water is unnecessary.

    The warm pepper continues in the long, waxy finish.

    Absolutely impressive Dalwhinnie. It will set you back some 500 EUR though.

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