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Overall rating
80.68/100
votes
1874
Whiskybase ID
301
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281005423
Added on
16 Aug 2007 12:41 am
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 41.91

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Whisky Reviews for Dalwhinnie 15-year-old

235 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.68 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points Super Administrator

    We do not want to become a malt snob, do we? Never lose appreciation of a simple but honest classic! Known as 'the honey malt', Dalwhinnie 15 is a great choice for beginners to set out on their whisky journey. Notes of heather, green pears and barley sugar complement the honeyed aroma. After a sweet, rich and full-bodied arrival, spices build up quickly with a mildly dry and bitter edge, but well-measured. The aftertaste is gentle, citric and wood-driven with hints of cinnamon and apple juice. A characterful Highlander which should not be overlooked!

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasty, harmonious, a beautiful honey malt. Unjustly completely underestimated standard - recommended.
    • Nose
      sweet and beguiling, lots of honey, orange blossom, apples, pears, toffee, delicate smoke and summer herb garden, meadow flowers, daisies and white clover, a touch of jasmine, a splash of lemon, vanilla, white chocolate, cinnamon, fresh wood, hay
    • Taste
      silky-watery, delicately sweet, a lot of honey, toffee, thick caramel sauce, roasted hazelnuts, walnuts, tobiano honey and almonds, orange blossom water, apples, lemon, whole milk chocolate, freshly toasted bread, ginger, light cinnamon, one drop of orange oil; minimal alcoholic, a touch too watery, malty
    • Finish
      short, honey, toffee, orange blossom and Toblerone ... and a ticking smoke

  3. didi1893 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Although I consider this malt to be relatively thin and watery at first, it gains in volume and balance over time. The interplay between sweetness, fruit and harsh wood tones in combination with smoke and citrus fruits I find very successful, even after many years I can understand again why this Dalwhinnie has paved the way to the whisky connoisseur. A great standard and a tasty malt in between ...

    21/22/22/21 (86P)
    • Nose
      Bright and clear amber glitters in the glass, on the glass wall sticks a syrupy streak from which to solve a variety of long and oily "legs". Creamy roasted flavors and hazelnuts rise, caramel and honey merge together, apples and mandarins are in the air. Minimal hints of smoke dissolve from the sweet and creamy blend of fruit and honey, in addition to the mandarins and oranges are now increasingly pears and creamy toffee. The alcohol is mild and gently integrated, the nose is getting creamier and sweeter ...
    • Taste
      Relatively gentle and mild, the first sip flows over the tongue. Spicy woody tones are immediately mixed with creamy caramel and toffee, forest honey and hints of milk chocolate sparkle briefly before an increasingly bitter aroma sets in the palate. Old whale and hazelnuts stick to the palate, subtle sharpness envelops the tongue while slightly charred logs dissolve smoke and tart wood elements. Still stick the oily streaks and thick "legs" on the glass wall, I get an appetite for the second sip. Slightly watery and thin, the Dalwhinnie drips off the tongue after the second sip, while salty and peppery wood marks burn on the tip of the tongue. Once again, burned wood and toasted cereals, meadow herbs and citrus fruits dissolve from the bitter woody note, tart grapefruit massively stimulates my salivation.
    • Finish
      Peppery and wooden sharpness still sticks between tongue and palate, lightly smoky, roasted hazelnuts and pieces of wood come to mind again. Abrasion of orange peel and grapefruit exude her tart aroma, honey and a subtle hint of smoke create a nice interplay between sweetness and bitter wood aromas. The creamy and slightly smoky nut flavors stay relatively long on the palate, again discreetly tart and spicy wood tones appear in the finish.

  4. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    One of my favorite basics especially in the summer, good and cheap, benefits from some air after opening so I decant it always right after opening
    • Nose
      Honey, Apples, Lemon peel, Oak tannins, Tree sap, Acetic acid, Vanilla, Wood dust, Floral herbs
    • Taste
      mild, slightly sweet, with beautiful oak acidity and fine spicy oak notes, slightly tingling, delicate bitterness, hint of chocolate, caramel, lemon zest
    • Finish
      medium long, warming, tingling, spicy but not spicy

  6. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    (Blind tasting 2018)
    So I like it very much, my guess:
    Alk ~ max. 46%, about 2/3 bourbon barrel, 1/3 sherry barrel, age around 17 years?
    • Nose
      85 85
      Earthy, spicy, salty apricot, somehow springbankesk
    • Taste
      87 87
      Soft mouthfeel, totally balanced with honey and nutty aromas as well as a hint of lilacberries (i.e. elderberry). Sweet and strong, very interesting!
    • Finish
      86 86
      Creamy cream with lightly roasted almond slivers, long and noble.

  7. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Proabably one of the worst official 15 yo single malts... but if you consider the price and the fact that it's at least 43% abv. and has no real off notes and is readily available at a very fair price things fall into perspective. You get what you pay for. Still a Talisker 10 at roughly the same price beats it any days, if you like the distinct Talisker character that is. :-)

  8. Svarttt scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    After years, I opened a bottle again and it's still not my type of malt.
    I need a while in the glass to get warm with it and to get beyond the first sweetness. But for the price it still has a nice density and neat finish.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Foudos scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  10. bvrsky scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

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