Dalwhinnie 30-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2020
Stated Age
30 years old
Refill American oak hogsheads
Number of bottles
51.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
30 Aug 2020 11:18 pm by Likudi

Average value

£ 503.55

23 × in wishlist

39 × member ratings

66 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Dalwhinnie 30-year-old

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.41 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This Highland malt matured on refill hogsheads.

    Whoa! As luck would have it, I had tasted their entry level 15 years old this week – which I quite like – but this is a totally different league. Seminola, quince, rhubarb marmelade. And so very lively for its age. Mild, but utterly & stunningly beautiful. Exceptional.

    Very quaffable with something fresh like menthol that lifts the citrus fruit and sweet plums. Very sweet indeed. Liquid dessert.

    The finish is not very long, but super clean and elegant.

    I’m impressed. With any luck, Dearly Beloved is reading this and decides to put it under the Christmas tree.

  2. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  3. dominikbraun scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Candle wax, honey, nectarines, yellow fruit basket, orange blossoms, nutmeg, wood chips, pear juice, matches. The oak is ingeniously well integrated.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Voluminous citrus fruits, freshly ground spices, juicy plums, orange peel, dry light wood and mineral notes.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Charcoal, dried fruits, nutmeg, very delicately bitter.

  4. penumbra scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not all wineries are called Brora, and there will be surprises after a few decades. Generally speaking, there is no improvement compared with the 25 years of SR release.
    • Nose
      Almond tofu, honey kumquat lemonade, mixed floral aromas, a little pine needle stimulation and spicy wood, the latter part returns to the ladies' perfume, fruit basket, pear juice, bear biscuits.
    • Taste
      The aging has passed its peak period. The elements in the smell have decayed greatly, without any new ideas. There are more oak spicy and slightly bitter plant stems and leaves, high sweetness and astringency of unripe fruits.
      Strong, normal fat, sweet, slightly acidic, no tannins, astringent, slightly bitter, no spicy, no alcohol.
    • Finish
      Longer, honey, spicy oak, white chocolate, matcha powder, turpentine, indifferent fruity flavor.

  5. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. kimmosuo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This is an excellent malt from a distillery that I really quite like.
    • Nose
      Extremely elegant oak and some lovely juicy fruits (nectarine, lemon), accompanied by a feint waxiness and touches of honey. Sweet pastries, a whiff of chalk and even some liquorice root. Textbook Dalwhinnie notes of crisp green apple. It's energetic and vibrant yet distinguished. That's hard to pull off. Pretty much perfect.
    • Taste
      Lovely, just lovely. Soft tannins and gentle spices pave the road for pink grapefruit and lemon zest. Hints of eucalyptus, chalk and an interesting earthiness. There's a lot of life still in this decades old single malt.
    • Finish
      More of the above. Some menthol as well. Surprisingly quite short.


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