Dalwhinnie, 15 Year Old, NV

  Dalwhinnie

Dalwhinnie, 15 Year Old

One of the highest of all Highland distilleries, Dalwhinnie produces a welcomingly gentle spirit that's full of character. Smooth and soft with heather, honey and delicate spice, creamy not dry. A single malt with smoothness and depth that benefits from a full 15 year of aging. Gold appearance. On the nose, a big, crisp, dry and very aromatic nose with hints of heather and peat. Light to medium body. Smooth, soft and lasting flavours of heather, honey sweetness and vanilla followed by deeper citrus-fruit flavours and hints of malted bread on the palate. A long, lingering, surprisingly intense finish that starts sweetly, then gives way to smoke, peat and malt. Strength - 43% ABV

Contains Sulphites.

About Dalwhinnie

Made in the highest and coldest working distillery in Scotland, with water from a loch at 2000 feet, Dalwhinnie whisky thrives on extreme conditions – creating a liquid as sweet and accessible as its highland home is remote. When it was purpose-built in 1897, the distillery was first called Strathspey. Perhaps looking to distinguish their already distinctive whisky, the owners soon changed the name to Dalwhinnie when production started in 1898. It means “Plain of Meetings” in Gaelic, a reference to the location at a junction of old drove roads, between two mountain ranges. Though beautiful and ancient, the site is not without its drawbacks: a fire in 1934 caused a four year closure, with rebuilding hampered by bitterly cold winters and twenty foot snow drifts. Like sunlight on mountain heather, no other distillery may use the water from Lochan an Doire Uaine – "Loch of the green thicket" – a gathering of pure snowmelt and rainwater high in the Drumochter Hills. That might be why Dalwhinnie Scotch is the only Highland whisky to offer a combination of clean and accessible, malty-sweet taste with a smooth and smoky warmth. It could also be why, Dalwhinnie releases its full honeyed sweetness when served chilled or over ice.

Appellation: Highland

The Highlands are one of Scotland’s vast whisky regions, boasting a spectrum of styles from rich and textured to fragrantly floral, as befits an ever-changing landscape of coastline, moor and mountain.

To call Highland single malts diverse is an understatement: from the fertile east coast to the rugged west, this vast area boasts a rich variety of distillery styles. From light and grassy to heavily sherried – these are whiskies that refuse to be pigeonholed. Some of the most well-known Highland distilleries include Clynelish, Dalmore, Edradour, Glendronach, Oban and Old Pulteney.

Curiously, there are only three distilleries that are allowed to use the ‘Royal Epithet in their names and all are located in the Highlands: Royal Brackla, Glenury Royal (Now closed) and Royal Lochnagar.