Dalwhinnie 1987

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2012
Stated Age
25 years old
American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
52.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
04 Sep 2012 11:09 pm
ColoredChillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 359.89

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Whisky Reviews for Dalwhinnie 1987

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.11 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    totally undervalued in my eyes, a dream of a Bourbon barrel paint, perfect balance, no citrus domination, wonderful wood notes
    • Nose
      intense honey sweetness - flowering herb meadow, freshly mown grass - soft, tender, round, buttery, acid and tannin oak, but with a lot of volume - complex interwoven cinnamon and cloves, anise, green tea with jasmine flowers, with more time also delicate citrus notes , Orange oil, liquorice fragrance,
    • Taste
      Sweet, irresistible wonderful oak tones, fresh sawn oak, some resin, tree sap, sawdust, milder spicy tobacco, oily, buttery, velvety, some mint, light fruit notes (apple, pear, peach), heather, no alcohol noticeable, extremely elegant What a palate flatterer
    • Finish
      medium - cooling mint, wood dust, herbal oil

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Dark honey and pine resin up front. Actually, more like a whole pine forest, with wood bark, aromatic needles and all. The age really shows; this is immediately intense and impressive. The kind of nuttiness that makes you think of Oloroso-cask maturation, when it's really all long-term, ex-Bourbon ageing. Full, creamy and luxuriant, it just oozes a deep herbal warmth, like a whole pan of liquified honey warmed over an open fireplace in a remote wood cabin. If you let it breathe for about twenty minutes, there's an additional layer of milk and hazelnut chocolates, nougat and praline. Gets more and more sumptuous with time - always a good sign.

    Immediately herbal on the tongue, with substantial warmth and a peppery / gingery impact. Some pleasant bitter notes. It's already pretty great, but this can definitely use some water. With H2O, the spectrum of warm, pleasant wood aromas broadens, without the whole getting too oaky. Orange bitters, Cointreau, honeyed cough lozenges... Really good. Diluted, the palate becomes much more manageable: hugely honeyed still, but more drawn out, with a cascade of herbal, woodsy, forest-y aromas and a transition into Schweppes and dry mineralic-metallic notes at the death.

    The aftertaste is perhaps the weakest part of the whole experience, as the dry, tart, mineralic aspects of the finish prove to possess a bit more staying power than the warm, woody notes, but the latter do still occasionally swell up as well. Can't be mad at that, really, because this whisky really takes you for a ride with each sip, and it's fun and entertaining and pleasant the whole way. What more do you want?

  3. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Classy mute, classic highland, a little reserved, maybe in the beginning, it seems simple, but in development more fully reveals its nuances and semitones, something similar to Tomatino in spirit - a sort of whisky-standard.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, processed valuable woods, wild flowers, herbal motifs, grains, lemon peel, mineral tones - rock dust, juice with mineral water; light caramel and cream shades, new leather haberdashery, vegetable notes.
    • Taste
      Powerful, airy, herbaceous-oak, bitter dry herbs, caramel sweetness, spicy oak, lacquer shades, lemon rind, burnt rusks, beer bitterness, honey notes.
    • Finish
      Spicy, herbaceous-lemon, light, ginger, light pepper, dried fruits in the background, cowberry, viburnum, grapefruit.

  4. MaltMartin scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Interesting Dalwhinnie with a clean and flowery palate.
    • Nose
      Clean dry and herbal. Dried flowers, heather and moss. Leafy notes. Some green apples. Mustardy.
    • Taste
      Lemon grass. Grapefuit. Roasted almond nuts. Toasted oak. Honeycomb. Vanilla fudge.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Cream toffee. Ginger. Liquorice. Fairly woody. Some salt at the end.

  5. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice malt. Has something and is fun. For the current price of well over 200 € I will buy but no bottle.
    • Nose
      Nice spicy honey sweetness. Herbal and floral notes. Some butter toast. Malt. Baked apple. Apricot jam. Lemon balm. Hay. Wood notes reminiscent of fresh branches.
    • Taste
      In the mouth now a lot sweeter. Pancakes with maple syrup. Buckthorn sweets. Khaki. Even wax comes through. Honeycombs. Then the oak follows and it gets a little spicier. Citrus fruits are also coming now and the salivation is starting something. Reminiscent of effervescent powder.
    • Finish
      The effervescent powder is less. Grapefruit. Licorice. Green tea.

  6. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I am positively surprised. If it were not for the initial alcohol sting, it would be a top-notch whisky inspiring me. So it is "only" 89 points.
    • Nose
      After initially strong drinking alcohol comes honey and then close to wood. Malted grain. Pastries. Slowly come mild spices. Cheesecake with sweet apricots, mirabelles and mango. The nose becomes more intense and better by the minute.
    • Taste
      Very sweet, incredibly full. Tingling, just right. Honey. Mango and passion fruit. Apple juice. Orange juice. The oak comes through only after swallowing and leads into a discreetly bitter Nachschmecken. The sweet and fruity impressions are still in the mouth, only a little chocolate is added.
    • Finish
      Medium long, a bit harsh with espresso. Honey sticks.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    The nose has much more fruit zest and notes of biscuit (shortbread)

    The palate is smoother and more fruity but the honey remains.

    The finish is medium length and now there are notes of ginger ale.

    I have never been impressed with Dalwhinnie but this is good stuff.
    • Nose
      Honeyed, white whine, grapefruit and lemon. After a while sweet tangerine.
    • Taste
      Quite thick and with quite a kick even for 52% but it settles down quickly.

      Smooth delivery, biscuit, with a little bitterness that is battling with the sweet honey and biscuit notes.
    • Finish
      Pretty long, smooth and warming.

  8. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      aromatic, spicy and fruity, for a fleeting moment a hint of overripe fruit. Now also a few apples, apple sauce, a hint of lemon, coconut, baking spices (vanilla), a little honey, a little herbaceous. Develops in the glass.
    • Taste
      91 91
      spicy and fruity, apples, a hint of orange, spices, fine wood / oak notes, here too herbaceous ideas, a hint of perfumed, a little honey, a little bit tart towards the finish with a little barrel and coffee, oak, spices, a hint of chocolate, trace of cherry stones . Yummy.
    • Finish
      89 89
      somewhat fruity and spicy, hint of orange, spices, wood / oak notes, a little chocolate. At the end it ends with a slightly sweet, malty finish.

  9. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      strawberry, parsley, rosebud tea, vanilla, tangerine, pith, glue wein, citrus, lovely aged!
    • Taste
      87 87
      oak, sweet, citrus, pith, green wood, milk chocolate, oriental spices, wood.
    • Finish
      87 87
      long, sweet, liquorice root, mango, spicy, wood and musk

  10. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Together with the later Special Release 25 yo, this is currently my favorite Dalwhinnie. Fantastic Highland notes, herbs, overall harmony at a wonderful drinking strength. Bravo! And not too expensive compared to other 25 yo in 2020!


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