Category: Single Malt
Manufacturer and bottler: Dalwhinnie Distillery (Diageo)
Series: Classic Malts of Scotland
Volume: 750 ml
Bottling date: 07/30/2019
Exposure: 15 years
Nose. A mix of yellow apples, pears and apricots, flower honey, meadow herbs and flowers, malty theme of baking (fresh white bread), sourness of natural lemonade, creamy caramel sweets, a little smoke like from a baked potato or a long-extinct match, a little withered foliage, vanilla , a little peppery. Just a pleasant, harmonious, fresh, pure bourbon-aged aroma without any sharp corners, but also without wonderful discoveries.
Taste. Sweet fruit-honey-caramel nectar with a bright creamy texture interspersed with sour citrus fruits, spicy pepper and ginger with very little traces of smokiness, bakedness on the palate. Bright, expressive, intense, summer-like “warm” taste, but again classic, without frills (well, maybe this is not bad, we still have a representative of the Classic Malts line here, and not something else there) . The consistency of whisky is basically normal, but, of course, I would like it to be more oily, viscous. To do this, you need to increase the degree, but perhaps then all its lightness will go away and it will become less understandable and accessible. I don't know, I just expressed my opinion. After all, no one has canceled our “Wishlist”, as well as the ability of the manufacturer not to take them into account in his technological process.
Aftertaste. Medium, dryish, not too expressive. Honey, citrus fruits, malt, unexpectedly unripe bananas, peppers.
Dalwhinnie 15 is definitely an interesting whisky. Light, pleasant, delicate. But, it is clearly created for casual consumption without searching for any depths of taste and aroma. It shows us well the typical features of ex-bourbon aging, but does not fully reveal its possibilities. And in this regard, he has a competitor on the Russian market in the same price range and similar in age and type of aging, moreover, from the same Diageo "stable" - Clynelish 14 YO, which, for me personally, in almost everything except ease of drinking and a slight hint of smoky "does" Dalwhinnie. At the same time, they cost the same for us. By and large, the tested whiskys for me are divided into 2 camps: those that I would gladly “repeat” and those that I drank, appreciated and forgot, to which there is no particular desire to return. I’ll take Dalwhinnie to the first camp, and if I came across it at a price of, say, 3,000 rubles, I would gladly take it on a regular basis, otherwise, when Klinelish constantly comes across 4 k, and Dalwhinni is offered 5 k - here let go.
For a long time I thought about what rating to put, I decided to move away from snobbery and become generous with 84 points out of 100, after all, there really isn’t much whisky that “goes” so easily (here and the bottle that quickly emptied me hints at this).