Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Aug 2007 12:41 am

Average value

€ 38.59

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Whisky Reviews for Dalwhinnie 15-year-old

206 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.86 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points 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. 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.

  3. 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

  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. Itinerantspirit scored this whisky 67 points Member Junior

    Great baseline malt - sweet, mild character - something to sip with friends when you don’t want the malt to distract or be part of the conversation, with friends who aren’t all that into whisky.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Lovely floral, pleasant, sweet nose.
    • Taste
      70 70
      A little more smoke than I remember (which is to say I never recall it).
    • Finish
      57 57
      Just disappears from the palate.

  7. zaphod155 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A decent whisky, which I like in the nose much better than in the mouth. The announced light smoke flavors I can not find. Overall, a really pleasant drop, with a good PLV.
    • Nose
      Sweet, overripe fruits with a slight musty note, but disappears quickly. For this comes malt cereals and nutty flavors emerge. After a while in the glass I find clear mirabelle notes.
    • Taste
      Spicy oak notes make the beginning. It could also be the heather herbs, which are announced by the manufacturer. It is followed by lightly burnt candy, backed by a slightly peppery spiciness. Slowly also the malt and the early harvest appear, but less clearly, than in the nose.
    • Finish
      The reverberation lasts relatively long. Mainly the burnt caramel and the sharpness, if only slightly, hold up.

  8. ahroeen scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Too light for my taste. Grainy, malt and grass. Some citrus.

  9. ezioaudit scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

  10. ezioaudit scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      77 77


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