Dalwhinnie 1966

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
36 years old
Number of bottles
47.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Sep 2007 8:08 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 2146.66

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50 × member ratings

67 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Dalwhinnie 1966

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.32 points

  1. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A great Dalwhinnie - rare and precious - no comparison to the younger bottlings, such as the 15 year old. In 2003 this was available for 360 euros.
    • Nose
      This old Dalwhinnie should be allowed some time in the glass. That's how the aromas unfold beautifully. The barrels used here have done a great job. Of course, after all this time the wood is clearly noticeable. But it combines wonderfully with the other flavors that are there: dark chocolate, tobacco, some mild spices, raisins, nuts, citrus fruits, unripe bananas and soil.
    • Taste
      A heavy, full body presents itself. Very soft start, but then goes very quickly in the full, and that's a good thing. The wood is again very present, coupled with abundant spices. It is difficult to taste them all. Cloves, cinnamon, mustard, chilli and pepper are definitely on the menu. But there are also flavors of leather, earth, tannins, black tea, some licorice, dark chocolate, roasted barley malt and a very special note in the background, which is also found in the mostly older Glendronachs. The optimal alcohol content gives the Dalwhinnie the necessary volume to develop perfectly.
    • Finish
      Long, warm and with all sorts of wonderful spices.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I am convinced that if this had been bottled 2 years earlier and the wood had just been prevented from showing its face too much, this would have been an all round 95 points.
    As it happens it averages out at 93, still excellent but oh for that little extra sweetness, the mind boggles, sigh.
    Bordering on superb, if only!
    • Nose
      94 94
      The first thing to say is that this has a very good nose. Very complex, so much so that I am not sure where to start.
      Slightly floral, cinder toffee, barley sugar, a little menthol, bags of honey, faint peat, toffee apples, mango and well fresh rural air smells like when you walk in field in the springtime.
      After time in the glass a marmalade note emerges.
      Absolutely lovely nose, just the sort of elegance I like in a whisky.
      I have a sneaking suspicion the palate will not live up to what the nose is promising, I hope I am wrong?
    • Taste
      93 93
      Great mouthfeel, it is thick and syrupy on cigar smoke and cream at first but not much sign of the fruit that was on the nose.
      If you leave it in your mouth for 30 seconds you can taste the mango, hints of apple, hints of peach and a little dried apricot but it is held back slightly by the dryness and a little woody bitterness but it is on small so they got away with it
      Some nice spice notes comes in, and it is slightly sweet spice and the peat has arrived , quite subtle but it is there,
      Really good balance, it just needs the fruit to stand out more to make it to the `whisky of the gods` category but it is not far away,
    • Finish
      92 92
      The finish is quite long but fades a little quicker than you would want, none of the component parts tail off, always a good sign.
      I wonder if a little water will add anything, fingers crossed that sweetness I am looking for?
      I only added a little water but it is definitely more expressive, just beautiful.
      The palate is also a little sweeter, juts a add a little more water.
      Nearly but not quite, there is more sweetness and definitely more spice, faint bitterness from the wood but all in all a great, very fragile and very elegant whisky.
      Not for 1st fill sherry heads or peat lovers.

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Without a doubt the best dalwhinnie I have ever tasted, opens up well with water

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful old whisky. To go for the low-hanging fruit, this may be the best Dalwhinnie I've had ;)
    • Nose
      Very ripe fruit and varnish, and a bit of soft leather too. Some cognac-like notes and a bit of fattiness. Boot polish.
    • Taste
      Ripe fruit, cognac-like, with white pepper and a nice fattiness on the tongue. Faintly peaty, with medium body and once again these leather notes, like a well made handbag. With some water the peatiness comes to the top. This may be the leatheriest dessert pudding I've had.
    • Finish
      Sweet, slightly rooty, and long, but could use some more weight. With water, some salmiak and oiliness.

  5. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 610 € at Whiskyauction in Aug. 2015

  6. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Nose: Slightly dry, gristy, walnut, hazelnut. Green oak, honeyed sweetness.

    Palate: Silken, wet hay, chamomile. Peppery, tropical fruit. Candy floss.

    Finish: Long, refined, herbal.

  7. marc_bo scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A very old and rare whisky.

    Too good/complex for beginners, but in my opinion not complex/good enough for real experts/whisky enthusiasts. Unfortunately "just solid".

    The nose is quite promising (lots of aromas, vanille), but the taste/body is a little bit disappointing. The taste is complex at the beginning, but then decreases fast and steadily. Not a long aftertaste.

    Nice dram of course, but not unforgettable...

  8. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Allandale scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very light body.
    • Nose
      Aromatic. Oily. Restrained peat. Some grassy moorland aromas.
    • Taste
      Clean,very firm maltiness. Honey-glazed biscuits.Pronounced vanilla. Hits of smokiness  in the back.
    • Finish
      Very long aftertaste and warming. 

  10. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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


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