Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold

Overall rating
76.37/100
votes
452
Whiskybase ID
WB70640
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Gentle Spirit
Bottled
2015
Casktype
American and European Oak Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281041094
Added on
29 jul 2015 7:11 pm by thijs100
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 41.99

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Whisky reviews for Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold

66 users have left 77 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 76.37 points.

  1. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Here we are dealing with a very pleasing, but unfortunately very one-dimensional bottling. The departure in particular suggests that he is still quite young. The Winter's Gold is clearly aimed more at beginners than at die-hard whisky connoisseurs. But considering the price, that's absolutely fine.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/dalwhinnie-winters-gold/
    • Nose
      It starts off sweet and fruity. The smell is pleasantly soft and light. Citrus fruits like tangerines and oranges stand out immediately. There is also some malt and grain, as well as a clear herbal note that is difficult to classify. The sweetness gets a little more intense over time and reminds me more and more of honey. The citrus fruits are joined by bright fruits (especially pears). After a while, even a hint of oak becomes noticeable.
    • Taste
      The general character is very similar to the nose, sweet fruits dominate. On the one hand, these are the citrus fruits mentioned above. There is also a very intense component that reminds me of fruit brandy (a mix of pears, apricots and peaches). Then comes the malt, as well as a nutty feel with hints of white pepper. A light taste of caramel hides in the background.
    • Finish
      Unfortunately, the impressions quickly disappear from the tongue. The fruits will last a little longer, at least in the throat. The barrels bring a slight bitterness with associations of baking cocoa and cappuccino.

  2. twhisky scored this whisky 59 points Newbie

    Light with spice and caramel. Tastes young with added e150.

  3. Baileij scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  4. Finn2206 scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Pure caramel sweetness, for me totally missing depth.
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      70 70

  5. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    S 5
    Overwhelming spice carried through the palate to finish no matter it's drink neat, on rock, or frozen. Serve chilled will elevate the palate but also suppress the nose.

    N 19
    - Young and oily, almost like alcohol sanitiser
    - Fresh barley
    - Reserved honey

    P 21
    - Smooth vanilla cream
    - Oak spice exploded right after
    - Bubble tea coming behind

    F 19
    - Mid finish
    - Spice lingering
    - Old leather

  6. vlad78 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I grabbed this bottle in the duty-free zone of the airport and really warmed up with it on several winter evenings. What can I say, this is quite a good drink that meets both its price and expectations.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet notes of vanilla, confectionery tones, yellow, green and red apples, dried apricots. Of the spices, cinnamon is obvious.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Warm, but a little rough, it creates a slightly varnished and sharp feeling, with the release of the sweetness of burnt sugar. A little sore throat.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sweet, sharp, slightly varnished, with a hint of vanilla, aftertaste, medium duration.

  7. Abadon05 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Lots of honey and heather. Likewise, wood and grain. With pineapple, mango and honeydew melon on the nose.
    Exactly what you would expect from a "mild Highlander".
    No complexity, but that's not expected of him either. On the tongue there is a little spice and it becomes more vanilla and more lemony.
    The finish is a bit dry and bitter.
    But a nice summer dram.

  8. Malthead19 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    - good solid NAS single malt
    - significantly stronger and more angular than the 15 y.
    - for the price of 30 € to 35 € I prefer to buy one
    the 15 year standard, golden winter or not ... ... ..
    • Nose
      mild, fresh, fruity (pear and peach), caramel, oak, great smell
    • Taste
      Powerful start with strong voluminous development on the palate, peppery, lots of spice and oak, you can taste some youth, sweetness present but not so intense
    • Finish
      medium-long finish; medium-long aftertaste with a light wood note

  9. WhiskyTree88 scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  10. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. Willum scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      70 70

  12. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/05/25/on-location-dalwhinnie/

    N: Our tour guide reiterates what’s on the label, ‘recommended for the freezer’ – ha, that’s sure to work! At room temperature, it noses like the already tempered 15yo but in first gear, stripped of anything that may ‘offend’.

    T: Spongey soft grain that develops raw and reveals its immaturity.

    F: Longer finish than the 15yo due to its snappy raw bite.

    C: Our guide sings the same song as at Blair Athol [also Diageo], namely ‘it’s about flavour, not age’. This is clearly THE message that’s been sent down from the marketing department to the shop floor, heard in every Diageo distillery at the time. Unless everything I’ve known about whisky has suddenly been wrong, once you’ve produced your spirit, the flavour ain’t going to come from anywhere else but from wood. I think this ‘flavour over age’ song will tire as people realize [even taste] the contradictions and clock the pricing inequality. Either that or the next generation of whisky drinkers will be groomed sufficiently on barley vodka. Incredibly, the price of this NAS [6-7 yo] expression and the 15yo is almost identical!

  13. Syleo scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Following the “manufacturer's recommendation”, it actually actually comes from the freezer. As a result, the whisky takes on an exciting consistency, almost like syrup, it flows golden into the glass to match the name. An interesting experiment and I already have the feeling that Winter's Gold is actually optimally matched to the cooling, because then the smell and taste impressions are better balanced. Chilled, it fits well as a digestif after a hearty winter menu.
    • Nose
      82 82
      The aroma of fresh green apples, canned peaches, raisins and blackberries rose in the nose. Also an intense alcoholic sharpness, on the way from fresh oak to - yes - unfortunately almost every now and then nail polish remover resonates, but also more pleasant sweet tones, white granulated sugar, vanilla and some cinnamon.
    • Taste
      78 78
      The syrup-like consistency also occupies the mouth. And at first it is, as expected, just cold, but as it warms the palate, a pleasant sweetness, marzipan and nuts develop from hazelnut and almond to fresh cashews. These lead to a tart side, the green apple comes back and some fresh leather.
    • Finish
      74 74
      The finish seems to be rather short at first, but the marzipan and the nuts along with spicy oak notes remain for a while.

  14. erwinnlim scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Value (£26) : 7/10
    • Nose
      Slight note of peat smoke with sweet caramels and some notes of citrus fruits and some light sherry notes
    • Taste
      On the palate, some spicy oak and vanillas. Bittersweet and herbal
    • Finish
      Disappointing finish, not very present at all

  15. KOQ24 scored this whisky 47 points Expert Junior

    Way too young of a Whisky.
    Light years away from the classic Dalwhinnie 15.
    They really tried to cut corners here.
    • Nose
      50 50
      sulphur,herbal,dusty,vanilla,sweet
    • Taste
      55 55
      spicy,vanilla,herbal,sweet,very bitter
    • Finish
      35 35
      light-bodied with a short finish

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

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

  19. HammerHead scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    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

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

    20 20 21 20 81

    takes time and then pretty good!

  21. Volker Gude scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

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

  22. 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

  23. ConvalRen scored this whisky 10 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely revolting. The added caramel flavour and thick congealed jelly like texture in the mouth.

    Left it in the freezer for 6 hours to get it frozen for the added kick, true enough it was smooth and easier to drink but the lingering taste just kept coming. It was bitter yet mushy at the same time. Imagine having mushy peas with fish and chips, absolutely no no!
    • Nose
      22 22
      Caramel, pine nuts and ground up vanilla bean
    • Taste
      4 4
      Colouring? Added flavour? I have no idea, spat it out after a gargle. Just disgusting.
    • Finish
      3 3
      Quite sweet and 'smooth'. Flows very easily just like how I tipped my pour down the flowerpot.

  24. JNuyts scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  25. antoine.engstrom scored this whisky 66 points Newbie

    Nose:A fresh and sweet smell of new wood with a small amount of citrus. Initial taste: Very sour and a lot of citrus and herbs.

    Body: A big wave of green tea and lemon with a sweet tone of honey.

    Finish: New wood with a small amount of smoke.
    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      54 54
    • Finish
      73 73

  26. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    épices,malt,douceur mielleuse,de la vanille-mandarine,puis pomme et poire,un peu de sherry en retour et des herbes sur la "bruyère"!

    presque un bon blend!
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  27. oppi scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Round and soft Sweet honey malt and raisins

  28. joerg.scheid scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  29. joerg.scheid scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Ice-cooled as recommended is not possible, too alcoholic, because I can also approve a grain :-) At room temperature, he is still quite good. These are my notes.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, with sherry and citrus notes
    • Taste
      First sweetness, then vanilla and caramel.
    • Finish
      Slight heat, dry, later bitter chocolate. Long finish.

  30. SimpleSample scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    very sweet no more like 2 glasses
    • Nose
      something sweet with alcohol
    • Taste
      very sweet ... caramel ... syrup
    • Finish
      slight sweetness with some bitterness

  31. Tim-R scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Great Dalwhinnie
    • Nose
      71 71
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      85 85

  32. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  33. karloff scored this whisky 50 points Specialist

    This was a whisky I shared with my mate after a few in the pub or anyone else for that matter. 
    • Nose
      55 55
    • Taste
      50 50
    • Finish
      47 47

  34. karloff scored this whisky 50 points Specialist

    This is one of the poorest Nas bottlings I have ever tried and the remarkable thing is it costs more than the 15. 
    • Nose
      Honey, figs, caramel, dates, fudge, a little spice and cut grass that has been left a while and is starting to break down. Nothing unusual or great about this nose. 
    • Taste
      It tastes very sugary to me and bitter like when you used to put a 2p coin in your mouth as a kid. Now there is a taste you never forget. The mixing or marriage on this is poor. Quite forgettable. 
    • Finish
      Some sort of chocolate raisins and you think Mmmmmmm then it whips the carpet from under you by completely nose diving. 

  35. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    for the story, the stills that come out of the roof to cool at the level of the coil, the gougère soft, a little spicy and moistened with gruyère that brings more scents than this liquid!
    • Nose
      vanilla, yellow fruits -white (tangerine, pear), a little sulfur
    • Taste
      a little wood, some herbs, some vanilla again, some pretty strong spices, a little undifferentiated fruit, a note of heather?
    • Finish
      short! and flat!

  36. markjedi1 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Well, my expectations were very low, but in the end it is not all that bad. It is already creamy and fruity, so I can imagine this is enhanced when you cool it significantly. For those among us with a sweet tooth.
    • Nose
      It is fresh and fruity on peach, bergamot and vanilla. Some honey and ginger. A leaf of mint. Hint of coffee and fresh caramel. Brown bread. Nice nose without being grand.
    • Taste
      It is quite creamy, in fact, but also honeysweet. The fruit is again mostly oranges (mildly bitter, sweet and sour), followed by loads of honey and wood notes. Think ginger van vanilla. Pear drops. Tastes fairly young, which does not have to be bad per sé, but this one has little going for itself.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, again bittersweet and quite syrupy.

  37. Wiz scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  38. FriskKaffe scored this whisky 70 points Newbie

    My first meeting to the world of whiskys.

    Colour: Light amber

    Nose: Low key, but a lot more fruity than I expected. I sensed pears in the beginning, but as I sat with the glass I think its more into apples being the dominant flavour. Alongside a (to me) hard to define sweetness thats caramelly/honeyish. Mouth: Again very light, no liquor, no smoke. A bit of Oak in the aftertaste but nothing remarkable.  In general the taste didnt bring much, a glass that  I would easy serve for others new to the world of whisky. Its easy drinkable,  But it lacks character and complexity.

    At the very low price of 35 Euros im not gonna complain though, and I look forward to tasting it again, as I broaden my horizon. I drank it tempered, and tried both heat from hand, and a couple of drops water at the end, didn't feel it brought out any new flavours though.

    74/100

  39. 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

  40. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  41. Fortuna1895 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Good entry-level whisky, interesting price.
    • Nose
      Polished wood, slight echoes of sherry, grainy malt. Furthermore, there are pressed berries, a hint of furniture polish & a hint of peach. Water transforms the fragrance into cereals, dusty wood, cocoa powder, milk chocolate & malted meal.
    • Taste
      Start as clear and pure as the air blowing around Dalwhinnie. Malt & sherry with oak-bitter notes, dark berries & a small puff of smoke. Adding water makes it pretty sweet. Below are notes of citrus, wood & sweet malt. A juvenile juiciness.
    • Finish
      A not too long finish. Again, berries, with sweet sherry. Becomes a bit dull over time. Somewhere orange in the background. Slightly drying. Water reveals citrusy swabs under a sheer creamy blanket. This gives way to a berry acid to the end.

  42. LJBurns scored this whisky 77 points Member Junior

    On the nose, a bit of a boozy nip and quite a lot of bitter citrus, with a menthol note too.

    The first taste is full of bitter marmalade, balanced by cereal and honeyed sweetness.

    With water it becomes softer, more floral and more interesting, but the finish is not long or complex.

    Overall this whisky feels a little bit unbalanced and a bit "hot" to me. There isn't a great deal of complexity. I'm subtracting marks for the daft spiel on the box about putting it in the freezer, too.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  43. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  44. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nice malt for a good price. Much better for my taste than the 15 year old.
    • Nose
      Heavy sweetness of fully ripe garden fruits, accompanied by delicate smoky aromas, vanilla and some spicy wood.
    • Taste
      Reflects the nose - with a slight sensation of effervescent powder on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Long, sparkling, sweet and fruity, soft woody aromas. Slowly a bit bitter and dry

  45. GIORGOS scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      77 77

  46. holborndrinker scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Ten quid off when I bought it - not a bad dram at all.
    • Nose
      A slight smell of apples - nothing over powering
    • Taste
      A pleasant whisky but if I were about to die possibly not the last thing I would want to try.
    • Finish
      A gentle warmth - perhaps more autumnal than winter

  47. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    N: Perversely, this follows on from the Dalwhinnie 15 WB where I got almost nothing from the nose due to the cold [in July!]. The tour guide reiterates what's on the label, 'recommended for the freezer' - ha, that's sure to work! At hand temperature, it noses like the already tempered 15yo but in first gear.
    T: Spongey, soft grain yet develops raw and in turn reveals its immaturity.
    F: Longer finish than the 15 due to its raw bite. It just bits at you.
    C: Same song at Blair Athol [also Diageo] - 'it's about flavour, not age'. This is clearly the big marketing message that's filtered down to the shop floor. Unless everything I've known about whisky has suddenly been wrong, once you've produced your spirit - the flavour ain't going to come from anywhere else but - ageing in wood. I think this 'flavour over age' song will tire as people realise the contradiction. Either that or the next generation of whisky drinkers will be groomed sufficiently on barley vodka. Shocking state of affairs.

    Scores a D-

  48. peterjpvanas scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Colour: Amber

    Nose: tropical fruits, honey, and fresh apple notes. 

    Taste: not delicate, nor light (as the ref. 15 yr one is), quite rich, again honey, fruity., a hint of pepper/spices.

    Finish: reasonable finish, more woody

    bottle characteristic for Dalwhinnie.

    I like it...but very different to what Dalwhinnie stands for "light'
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  49. mer1973 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      75 75

  50. MadScientist scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  51. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Warm the nose is OK, but for the internal application he has me too much uncomfortable wood. The Servierempfehlung (ice cold in iced Tumbler) is a joke - zero nose, suitable only for Exen, then the finish is reasonably pleasant. For 35-40 € a joke, target group Schickimickibar & Imagetrinker - main thing whisky, cool name, fast down, does not burn.
    • Nose
      warm, Nosingglas: sweet, honey, brown candy, a little orange and apricot, quite simply knitted ... later still aromatic-woody
      Frozen, Tumbler: nothing. well, maybe a light citrus note
    • Taste
      warm: the honey and candy sweetness is there, caramel (no fruit), plus pepper and with time more bitterness, wood, grass, almost a bit smoky
      cold: as expected - in the mouth it does not stay cold for a long time and of course it tastes the same, and of course not much remains behind
    • Finish
      warm: rather short, pepper, tannin, grass
      cold: slow - so / fast: an idea bittersweet chocolate with orange

  52. kv-schmidt scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    Official tasting notes for the Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold Nose - powerful, gentle and clear, followed by a honey sweet dessert note. The fruity top notes of caramel and apricot are also accompanied by menthol and smoke. TASTE - gentle honey sweetness accompanied by aromas of ripe autumn fruits and an increasing spiciness with hints of molasses, mint and light smoke. Departure - Suitable for winter heartwarming, long and flattering with a pleasant lasting finish. Sweet malt, raisin and chocolate notes are transformed into spicy dates and sandalwood flavors. PERFECT SERVE - serve ice-cold and pure in a iced tumbler.

  53. tomy63 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    deep gold color probably due to caramel addition, the nose is reminiscent of a cheap pear brandy, with some honey and vanilla. The mouth has a nice thick texture but that's about all, a little alcohol, cereal, vanilla, pear, orange. Finish very short, spices, wood.

  54. Falnor scored this whisky 62 points Connoisseur

    One of the select few that I threw away at a festival.
    • Nose
      Sweet starter on honey, sugar and vanilla. Nothing special, but alright
    • Taste
      Skin of oranges, drying oak, caramel. Sweetness fades away into a sour apple with cinnamon and oak.
    • Finish
      A very wrong finish. Far too much wood, as if sawdust was combined with grape stone. Ever tried to put a spoon of cinnamon in your mouth?

  55. domani scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    A tasty single malt and just because of this expressionless and flat - 09.04.2016
    • Nose
      Fruity and fresh as a Prosecco, wine gum, cereals, very oily, almost stick to the glass, citrus, orange, marzipan, vanilla
    • Taste
      Malt sweetness, cereals, light fruit flavors, mild, somewhat flat, very subtle bitterness towards the end
    • Finish
      Short

  56. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      89 89

  57. whisky-mischel scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Color: light gold Consistency: thin-lipped after panning, then thick drops, forming the beautiful Legs flow off quickly, oily Nose handtest: beautiful malty, pleasant fruity sweetness
    Nose in the glass ;-): very fresh and light, sparkling and slightly pungent sharpness, light sweetness, pear. Floral flowery. The floral disappears with time and the sweetness is intensified. The longer he sits in the glass, the more fruity he becomes. Palate: very soft, mild, oily, with time a nice smoky note comes to the fore. Again, the pear, the sweetness, paired with something grassy (I would say), tingling wood notes Finish: also mild and soft, slightly warming in the stomach, smoke (not as strong as on the palate), beautiful persistent fruit sweetness and again the tingling woody note, also long-lasting. I feel the Winter's Gold quite as a nice drinkable, in the nose multi-faceted whisky. Nice and round and if someone searches without rough edges, then I would address this here.
    In the iced state from a iced glass he does not like me at all - the nose is almost dead, on the palate, yes, something is developing there, but I can not say that it caused this "hammer" feeling with me. Finish, in still quite cool condition, well.

    Winter's Gold at room temperature, yes you can enjoy it.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  58. Dre73 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Sample drunk. Reasonably flat and somewhat too sweet whisky, unfortunately (by far) does not reach his bigger brother (15yo). Drinks easily, too easily.
    Incidentally, just drunk at room temperature.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  59. Dre73 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    (Sample). Very sweet whisky, lacks some balance. Sweet prevails, somewhere he tries to get some sharp edges, but does not really succeed. Easy whisky for starting whisky drinkers.
    • Nose
      Sweet, vanilla, fruit (orange)
    • Taste
      Sweet, soft, flat. Vanilla, caramel, light pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium, some spicy, again sweet tones.

  60. HunterRomario scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasty for a joint event with Duthoron and his friend Pedro. Such a normal, cool whisky, which with its character really fits into colder weather.
    • Nose
      A lot of spicy, warm, malt, a mixture of Christmas spices, chocolate, appeals to me as shaved, but not, comes from European and American oak barrels. (84 b)
    • Taste
      Malt with pronounced spiciness, honey and candied fruit. It is sweet and dry together. (84 b)
    • Finish
      A spicy, spicy reverb.

  61. Dramlicious scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Winter’s Gold is inspired by the distillery’s rather high altitude and is made of spirit that has been distilled between October and March. Probably the most “interesting” part is the suggest serve though...My full review:http://dramlicious.com/tasty-tastings-episode-82/

  62. JacobaEd scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  63. Whisky-ettenleur scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  64. Whisky-ettenleur scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Points: fragrance-86, taste-87, aftertaste-85 Average: 86 points
    • Nose
      Sweet and soft scent of vanilla and caramel.
    • Taste
      In the beginning a soft taste of honey, vanilla and fruit that quickly becomes smoky.
    • Finish
      Long sweet aftertaste

  65. bramgerritsen scored this whisky 71 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      68 68
    • Taste
      66 66
    • Finish
      67 67

  66. bramgerritsen scored this whisky 71 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Fruity and sweet. Orange, sweet candy, raspberry, raisins.
    • Taste
      Pretty flat. Caramel, ripe fruit
    • Finish
      Medium aftertaste. Spicy. Oak

  67. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Whisky in the freezer, a bit streaky and benefits the taste.
    • Nose
      Very sweet, orange, apricot and honey.
    • Taste
      Caramel and tropical fruits predominate. Nice in the winter cold.
    • Finish
      Sweet tones stay nice and long. Touch of orange (shell)

  68. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 61 points Expert Senior

    Colour:

    Gold.

    Smell:

    A soft, simple and sweet whisky with aromas of honey, vanilla, malt sugar, cereals, barley, a hint of orange, hint of ginger, candied lemon peel, green apple, subtle sultana’s and some cedar wood.

    Taste:

    A simple, unbalanced, young and sweet whisky with aromas of pepper, oak, ginger, cinnamon, honey, vanilla, orange, plum juice, toffee, icing sugar, toffee, grapes, malted barley and again some cedar wood.

    Finish:

    A medium to shot finish with aromas of barley, honey, hint of orange, oak, touch of tannins and sweet sultanas.

    Conclusion:

    It’s rather young, edgy, unbalanced and overly sweet. I now understand why they advice you to freeze it before drinking. As you freeze the drink you’ll get nothing on the nose and when it warms up in your mouth it will open up a bit while your tongue is numbed so you’ll won’t taste the roughness.

    All in all not my kind of whisky.

    Marks:

    6.1/10

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-357-dalwhinnie-winters-gold/

  69. RL_whisky scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Pleasantly surprised by the edition. Nice nose, where I also get the slightest hint of peat smoke, which doesn't appear in the taste, but reappears in the finish.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      79 79

  70. Defeatless scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Cold: not much if any. Roomtemp: Some oak, wet carboard, vanilla. Rather weak. Hint of smoke.

    Initial taste: Cold: not much little citrus Roomtemp: Sweet oak. Hint of citrus, bit of apple and banana.

    Body: close to none

    Finish: short. Some vanilla and oak.

    Price: should be a 20 euro whisky, so it's rather overpriced.

    Presentation: A tonne of marketing and the freezing part doesn't do it any good at all.
    It's a very good middle-of-the-road whisky which should be taken as a mixer. Buy something else.
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

  71. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      85 85

  72. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  73. Sybramsky scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      71 71

  74. aproposwhisky did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Diageo's Winter's Colorant

    Nose.
    Ground duck nose... 1975 Ardbeg without the funny smokey stuff...
    Midnight stroll to the barber shop... Epic, yet discrete... Haribo...

    Palate.
    Bam in your face... Classic 1494 Friar John Corr stuff... Bees
    collectibles... Horse... Bounty bar... Ardbeg stuff... Nectarines...

    Finish.
    Medium... Superior black pepper... Oysters on saffron truffles
    omelette... Fanta... Caramelized comfrey... Deep-fried granola
    (really.)...

    Avid Diageo employee...
    This is NAS and all...
    probably has some 4 year olds disliking it... definitely has some 25+
    marketing people behind it... instant whisky...

  75. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Serge from Whiskyfun says:Dalwhinnie ‘Winter’s Gold’ (43%, OB, 2015) Diageo keep issuing NAS versions of their Classic Malts, and today it’s Dalwhinnie that’s on the table. Every time, there’s the same question that arises, ‘will they subsequently discontinue the former age-stated entry-level bottling?’ In this case, that would be the 15. I do not have the answer, and after all, rumours are only rumours. This Winter’s Gold, a name that might hint at the Distillery’s rather high altitude, is supposed to be put into the freezer prior to pouring. A strange idea, but after all, adding lemon to Corona or to Belgian white beers was a strange idea as well. In short, this is chill filtering without the filtering part. For good measure, we’ve followed the owners’ suggestion and have chilled a part of this baby (at -18°C, no less), while keeping the other part at room temperature. It’s the first time we’re doing this kind of stunt, but I guess there’s a first time for everything. Colour: gold. Nose (room temp): typical honeyed and vanilla-ed profile, with the trademark maltiness and whiffs of Seville oranges. Perhaps touches of ginger, which makes it a little cocktaily, in a fairly good way. Chilled: nada, niente, nichts. Or nosing it from two metres away ;-). But it’s fun to see it move like if it was oil in your glass. Mouth (room temp): peppery and rather oaky, with a feeling of sawdust, ginger, and cinnamon. Then more Dalwhinnian oranges and honey. Tastes young, with growing notes of fruit eau-de-vie. Certainly plum spirit, young slivovitz and all that. Chilled: well, as you won’t take litres in your mouth, it heats up very fast and after a first wee ‘ice cream effect’, you end up with the same oaky and slivovitzy profile. Finish (both room temp and chilled): malt, oranges and honey are back, but the signature remains rather oaky. Comments: an honest, rather simple drop, I’d say. Freezing it seems to be only useful if you live in the middle of Death Valley or in good old Timbuktu. SGP:351 - 78 points.

  76. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    The ‘Science of whisky’ masterclass saw Ian Buxton and Professor Paul Hughes explore how whisky is made, how differences between distilleries affect the spirit and the science behind those changes. Focusing on entry level whisky from Dalwhinnie WB, Mortlach WB and Royal Lochnagar WB, we had a rare chance to try the distillate, a young/maturing malt and the final product to be packaged and sold as NAS whiskies, for Dalwhinnie and Mortlach at least. First up was Dalwhinnie and ‘Winter’s Gold’.

    Dalwhinnie new make spirit [abv unknown]
    N: Malty, sweet porridge with sulphury hues as a familiar distillery profile.
    T: Metally like licking corrugated iron. Huge beer notes
    F: Malty porridge and sweet dried fruit bars.
    C: Really nice. Its all about the soft, dried, baking fruits.
    Dalwhinie 4-5yo [abv unknown]
    [None of the distilleries were forthcoming with the ages of their intermediate whiskies].
    N: You can smell the family similarity. More rounded.
    T: Performs well, cereal notes maintaining the character of the distillate.
    F: Tracker bars again with oily, sulphury hues - although weirdly desirable sulphury finish
    C: Good oak development from the initial distillate. Lets hope it continues its form. In heinsight, this young 4-5 year old is more interesting and consistent than the Winters gold that followed.

    Scores a C

    Dalwhinnie ‘Winters Gold’ NAS 43%
    N: Fruity, perfumed notes. The porridge notes have become minerally.
    T: Small prickly, young fresh and mildly sweet. Funnily enough it seems way more spirity than the intermediate malt.
    F: Dry and heathery with some candy notes with an underlying sulphury finish [but less than the younger malt].
    C: I prefer the younger spirit. It has more interest, no doubt holding onto the information from the new make. Is it then the result of under performing casks that mean theres not much to say about this NAS Winter's Gold, or is the NAS stowing much younger spirit behind its elder siblings? Who actually knows?

    Scores a D+

  77. 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

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