Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Gentle Spirit
American and European Oak Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Jul 2015 7:11 pm by thijs100

Average value

€ 40.41

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403 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold

73 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 76.15 points

  1. aproposwhisky did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Diageo's Winter's Colorant

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

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

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

    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...

  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. 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.

  4. erwinnlim scored this whisky 74 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  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


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