Dalwhinnie 1987

Overall rating
88.11/100
votes
220
Whiskybase ID
WB35084
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2012
Vintage
1987
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
5358
Strength
52.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L2194CM000
Barcode
5000281031910
Added on
04 sep 2012 11:09 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 417.82

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Whisky reviews for Dalwhinnie 1987

49 users have left 52 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 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

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  3. dominikbraun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. hzs275 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. bankimate scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. herdertje scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      complex interwoven mix of old wood, old citrus (mandarin, lemon), clear vanilla, undertone of nuts, hint of cocoa, raisins in the background
    • Taste
      88 88
      quite closed and soft, sweet, fruity white raisins, hints of pear, vanilla
    • Finish
      87 87
      not pronounced but long, clearly cocoa and nuts, hint of old sweet citrus peel, dries out

  7. eselsim scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting during WhiskymyWife event. That was a second bourbon barrel whisky on the list. The first one was WB192490, fair play for TTOW boys, both whiskies are top notch, solid bourbon influenced whiskies.
    • Nose
      89 89
      malty, bourbon, vanilla and carmel drops, duchesse ż pear flavored candies from my childhood, laugenbretzels, espessialy baking soda water that you bath them in
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creme brulee, butter, grape juice, sweet, oak is well integrated, the taste was impressive, long term bourbon ageing really shows itself
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very long, spices and fresh overripe apples.

  8. ep11ripee scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    21.5 22 22 21.5
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22 22 22 22 88

    Evening dessert!

  10. Funtik scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  11. Nikita Kochkarev scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    22-22-22-22

  12. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    22,5-22,5-22,5(22)-22,5

  13. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. 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.
      90-91
    • 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.
      90-91
    • 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.
      89-90

  15. 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

  16. 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!

  17. Mapl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  18. DocF scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasting:
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/73365/dalwhinnie-1989
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/35084/dalwhinnie-1987
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/698/dalwhinnie-1973

    Color: Deep Gold

    Three dogs from the same kennel, I'm afraid the differences are not sufficiently reflected in my notes. The 89er reminds me of a 30-year-old "more ordinary" Highlander (let's say Blair Athol) with extra smoke (yes, please!), It already has good volume, fruits from the distillate still come through well. The 87 puts oomph, volume, depth and smoke on top. The 73er with its notes of wilderness in the far north (I love) and after almost 30 years of ripening, still bright, fresh fruits belongs to a different generation. What they all have in common is the light, sooty smoke (most pronounced in the 87er) and the thick spirit (reminds me of fleshy plums, with the 89er you have to make certain tapping). 89: 90 points, 87: 92 points, 73: 93 points.

    Many Thanks!
    • Nose
      Already on the first nose denser, older, more tertiary than the 89, voluminous soot, incense, bergamot, flowing tree sap, polished oak, thyme. Porridge, lime peel, more bergamot, pomade, coconut. Ripe apples and Reneclauden. Block malt. Water mint, cloudy river water. Wet undergrowth, fallen, rotting leaves. With water: sooty, umami. Cuttings of plants, more rotting leaves. Overripe pears, apple peel.
    • Taste
      Block malt, a lot of resin, fir honey, charred branches, candle soot and dry peat smoke. Old oak, dry bark and thyme, oregano. Orange peel, incense. Water mint, scent after the rain. With water: thick and oily, malty, straw, getting sooty, could take on Longrow Rosemary, a little lavender. Lilac blossom, beeswax, linden honey.
    • Finish
      Long, resinous and sooty. Wet undergrowth, rotten autumn leaves, some beeswax. Dry earth. Ends comfortably dry, never too bitter.

  19. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Without a doubt, a good drop with a beautiful, complex nose. The finish doesn't really convince me. Still nice to have had it in the glass.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Vanilla in the beginning, then a difficult to decipher mix of various fruits. The alcohol stings a bit in the nose. Seasoning is slowly emerging, along with roasted aromas and solvents. Later cinnamon, caramel candies and burnt candle wax.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Spicy at the beginning, then again fruits and also slightly salty. Strong but well integrated alcohol. Vanilla still appears.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is quite long with oak, some bitterness and an association of rubber.

  20. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Vallado scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  22. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  23. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Great whisky. I liked that very much.
    • Nose
      Colour:
      Beautiful gold tone

      Nose:
      The first thing that comes to my nose is moist hay and herbs. Has something of herbal tea. Dry wood and honey. Vanilla prevails and a delicious, cooked, bright fruit flavor. Smells even a bit like a liqueur with chocolate. There's a smell inside, it reminds me of hot chestnuts from the Christmas market. Warm cotton candy behind. If you let the stand a little longer, comes through a nice pear. In addition to caramel and nutmeg. I like it very much.
    • Taste
      Very soft start. Immediately the juicy pear with honey and vanilla. Caramel and nutmeg also follow in taste immediately. A beautiful herbal aroma joins. A pinch of pepper and really oily. Has something of sunflower oil. Cooked bright fruits that are so interwoven that I can not divide them. The herbal taste reminds me of rosemary. In the background something like chocolate pudding. Class taste.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Nice with honey and a trace of dry wood. Light espresso bitterness before ending up nicely oily with some chocolate added.

  24. 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.

  25. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    a great old whisky with almost syrupy consistency and a lot of oak, without being overcrowded. Simply good.
    • Nose
      a lot of fruit, a lot of honey, many old books, the fruits are bright, ripe, but not clearly separable, like syrup with honey, to the dusty notes are great, many-layer oak notes, without overloading the whisky.
    • Taste
      old, ripe, beautiful old wood notes, honey and fruit notes complete the here and there herbaceous oak, but an almost sticky sweetness remains above all else. The whisky is almost fresh, minty in part.
    • Finish
      long, austere oak, warm, bitter oak flavors, embedded in a fruit-honey-syrup mixture that always resonates, even if the oak outweighs here.

  26. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, elegant. Yellow apples, lemons and oranges. Sawdust, a little vanilla, a hint of ginger. Wet light wood, a trace of wax. Cake batter.
    • Taste
      Citrus fruits, pears, apples, light honey. Camomile tea. Lemon cake. White chocolate with chili. Warming.

  27. rolabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  28. 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?

  29. whiskyd scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. Johnnie Stumbler scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Big old whiff of heather honey, followed by malted milk biscuits, marzipan and a hint of allspice. Beeswax and a hint of snuffed candles as it opens up.

    Palate: That wax from the nose is more evident, but the heather honey is the dominant force here. A decent amount of oak, flashes of cinnamon, some more honey and a good dose of roasted chestnuts.

    Finish: Gentle but prolonged. Honeyed with spiced rice pudding and more of that gentle oak.

    Thoughts: A real dark horse, but not for everyone. Hardcore Dalwhinnie fans (all eight of us) will really love this.

  31. SilvanoS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      The complete opposite of the 25 year old (release 2015). A lot of spices, cooked fruits, cinnamon , chocolate, vanilla, bourbony notes and some cooked cherries. With water even sweeter.
    • Taste
      Very creamy and sweet. Spices, honey, some mentholated notes appear and some oak.
    • Finish
      Creamy and spicy with vanilla and chocolate. The good thing is: this one has no off-notes! If you have the opportunity try this one head to head with the 25 years old (release 2015). There are worlds between them in style and character. I like both a lot.

  32. domani scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky, silky soft and subtle.
    • Nose
      Beautiful silky bourbon barrel aroma, fresh herbs, grassy, ​​essential oils, white jasmine tea, cooling menthol, anise, clove, green apple, pear compote, fillet of tangerine, orange peel, dried firewood
    • Taste
      Full aroma, very sweet and soft, the sweetness is literally on, despite the alcohol content is only a slight tingling sensation on the tip of the tongue, intense honey fresh from the glass, honey, licorice, fresh wood chips, a rainy forest in spring, fresh mown meadow grass, subtle oak aromas
    • Finish
      Lang

  33. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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.

  34. BehindSpace scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  35. Ed Radour scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  36. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  37. 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.

  38. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  39. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  40. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lovely whisky! Subtle and delicate aromas, but also full of flavour. Highly enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Heather and dried grass. Lots of orchard and stone fruits. Apple, pear, nectarine and peach. Melon too. Very fresh and extremely friendly. A touch of honey and almonds.
    • Taste
      A nice, oily mouthfeel. A decent amount of oak, with menthol and (albeit less so) aniseed. Honeycomb, sal ammoniac and licorice. A lot less fruity than the nose.
    • Finish
      The fruit does make an appearance here. More menthol too. Medium in length.

  41. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  42. zormik scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  43. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  44. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER

    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.

  45. BXpress scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The bottle is half empty and i have to admit i have to revise my initial opinion.  It has improved over time.
    • Nose
      Basically everything that would sum up a Bourbon matured Whisky. Intense honey, vanilla, white fruit, mostly apples but also some banana. There is also a minimal waxyness to it, which appears now and then. One thing stands out though, it has a very nice note of Christstollen. A German Christmas cake filled with raisins and Marzipan, covered by powdered sugar, which most of the time is horribly dry. You also get a nice cereal touch.
    • Taste
      Very fudgy, vanilla-peppery in the arrival, but then you get some thick, fresh,  oily character in the development. In fact it turns quite minty, eucalyptus, even pine oil. Slightly fruity on peach liqueur before it gets a little bitter. Then some tarry notes take over, maybe even charred wood.
    • Finish
      Medium, still very oily. Leaves a fresh aftertaste of grass/herbs, eucalyptus and apples.

  46. u485tfu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    88P

    Nose: vanilla, apple, lemon, grapefruit, pear

    Taste: cake, vanilla, apple, pear. Mild heather, honey

    Finish: mild and long fruity

    Verdict: A very soft, flowery whisky without the big corners and edges, but very tasty and pleasant to the mouth

  47. 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.

  48. Sjors scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  49. getz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    add a little water to it to 

  50. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  51. granella2003 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      On the nose a cautious and gentle fragrance this
      is a gem of a whisky.
    • Taste
      On the palate, this whisky smooth, sweet and later it contains notes of vanilla and a hint of spice are balanced data.
    • Finish
      The sweetness remains good in the mouth hang in the round, medium finish.

  52. granella2003 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A delicious single malt

    whisky matured to natural American Oak Barrels.
    Dalwhinnie also has a waxy

    honeycomb offset by fresh fruit and an aromatic
    complexity beyond her age.

  53. Alex did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Dalwhinnie 25 Year Old:
    Latest of four limited

    releases to be offered by the distillery, and the first of these to come from

    rejuvenated American Oak hogsheads. Limited to 5358 bottles and bottled at a

    cask strength of ABV. RRP £185

     

    http://www.scotchmaltwhisky.co.uk/diageo2012specialreleases.htm

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