Whisky Reviews

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old


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Dalwhinnie 15 year old is considered by a few to be a bit of a lady’s drink, not quite suitable as a man’s dram. How it earned this reputation I do not know, though I would suppose that it is due to a combination of its mild mannered characteristics and the label being just a tad too neat.  That doesn’t mean that any man ordering it in a Scottish pub will get laughed at, though if that is an outcome you fear then I would avoid ordering it in rougher parts of town, perhaps going for a nice pint of Carling instead (even just writing the name made me feel queasy).

Oh! While we’re on the subject of beer, I had a quite interesting Scottish ale called Alba (which just so happens to be Gaelic for Scotland) last night. Definitely worth a try! Apparently it is flavored with pine and spruce, the result is a quite sweet and woody beer with a very unique flavor. I shall leave that little sidetrack now, though, and return to the Dalwhinnie 15.

I wouldn’t say that this is the most interesting of whiskies – it doesn’t carry with it any real oomph, nothing about it truly stands out. But then, perhaps that is the beauty of it? Perhaps that is precisely what makes it the icon that in many ways it is? I certainly wouldn’t turn one down if I were offered on, nor would I turn my nose up at anyone who holds it close to heart.

As a starter whisky, an everyday drink or one for the guests, it would certainly be an apt choice. The nose is very gentle and caring; I’m getting pears, sultanas, a whisper of smoke, heather & peach honey and cereal.  Well balanced and not at all overwhelming, a pleasant drink to sniff. The palate is similar, with the addition of spice, herbs and pepper. There are definitely more interesting whiskies to be found in the same price bracket ($45), but as an easy drinker and enjoyable daily drink it is certainly not bad at all.

Color: Golden straw.

Nose: Pears, sultanas, whisper of smoke, heather, honey and cereal.

Taste:  Fruity, whisper of smoke, honey, heather, spice, herbs and pepper.

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About Whisky Critic

My name is Martin and I live in Scotland. I love fine things in life, such as gourmet food, travelling around the world and, last but not least, whisky (naturally, I’m partial to a tipple of whiskey or bourbon as well). I have tasted hundreds of whiskies during the recent years and I finally decided to share my experience.

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