Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
American and European Oak Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L5279CM000 06651474
Added on
29 Jul 2015 7:11 pm by thijs100

Average value

€ 38,54

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292 × member ratings

719 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold

63 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 76.32 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  Another one of this newish NAS whiskies many distilleries introduced over the last years simply to mask that they have a serious cask quality problem (due to the whisky boom there are not enough high quality bourbon or sherry casks available so the distilleries have to use virgin oak casks in addition AND reduce the maturation times in quality casks to use the same cask more often).

    And exactly this drives the quality of the resulting malts drastically towards the south.  More bitter virgin oakiness, unbalanced profiles and immature spirits combine to rather unpleasant drams (compared to the older standard editions).   And due to the whisky boom they can sell this stuff for even higher prices - scary to see how a whole industry bites the hands that feed them...  Never Accept Stupid marketing!
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      78 78

  2. DLWHN-PR scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    Nose. Unpeated Ardbeg (that citrus)... Fresh... Old leather... Gentle but big and wide... Morning trip to the florist... Ground duck liver... Apple pie...

    Palate. Bam in your face... Classic old style... Honey... Leather... Cocoa... Hints of smoke... Nectarines...

    Finish. Medium... Glorious peppercorn... Salmon... Orange concentrate... Candied yam... Fried tofu (really.)...

    Avid Scotch fan...
    This is NAS and all... probably has some 4 year... definitely has some 25+... instant classic...
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      94 94

  3. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 58 points Connoisseur

    Not to my taste at all. Very disappointing. Not sure what was trying to be accomplished with this.
    • Nose
      59 59
    • Taste
      58 58
    • Finish
      57 57

  4. monsieurrouge scored this whisky 61 points Member Senior

    This looks like a young NAS, heavily colored and caramelized. Not in itself wrong, but here it is masking something that is completely wrong. Inadequate.
    • Nose
      Starts pretty well, figs, floral, grassy. But then I smell glue smell. A strange imbalance. Usually I am a fan of that, whisky should not be too clean, but here it goes wrong. I can't get the smell out of my nose anymore. If you smell further after a sip, then it starts to stink, like bitter synthetic junk. Get worse during the glass, until it completely disgusts me
    • Taste
      Weird metallic, sweet. Masking sweet of bad stuff. Not very complex and even somewhat empty, if you just ignore the alcohol, which is too heavy and predominantly present.
    • Finish
      If the taste is out of your mouth, the finish is still the best of the whisky: warm, slightly spicy and sweet.

  5. waynex scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    An easy-drinking dram with soft fruit and honey notes.
    • Nose
      76 76
      Soft fruits, particularly pear and green apple, honey.
    • Taste
      76 76
      Warm honeyed fruits with peppery spices and hints of smoke.
    • Finish
      72 72
      Relatively long with some spicy heat and sweet honey.

  6. dr.mad scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      68 68

  7. HammerHead scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    Blandness stretched to the extreme. Some sweetness, some alcoholic feel, some wood, some vague fruit notes. For added dullness, try the 'recommended' chilling of this whisky: now nothing remains but sugar flavoured spirit.

    Still, this is not a really bad whisky as such, it's just completely uninteresting.
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      67 67
    • Finish
      70 70

  8. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    20 20 21 20 81

    takes time and then pretty good!

  9. Volker Gude scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Very complex, herbs, some freshness / mint ?, long pleasant finish with touch of wood

  10. Martin1965 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Malt, vanilla, caramel, fruit, honey
    • Taste
      Vanilla, caramel, honey, pies
    • Finish
      Medium long and sweet

      Unlike the 15 year old. , sweeter with less oak but more complex - at least as good


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