Dalwhinnie 15yo is a good introduction to the delights of single malt whisky - elegant, smooth and medium-bodied with a light, fruity palate and a whiff of heather on the finish. Part of Diageo's Classic Malt range.
Along with Cragganmore, this is one of the underrated members of the original Classic Six. Quite why has always slightly baffled me. OK, it isn't smokey, but the nose has a deep, soft, honeyed sweetness: think caramelized fruits, hints of thick cream, and a light touch of fennel and sharp citrus. Thick in the centre and very gentle, it's that chunkiness in the middle that is the secret to its beauty.
Customer Reviews:(52 reviews)
Beautiful subtle notes from this unique Spey malt, a definite must for the collection!
Personally... despite having grown up next to Benromach and Dallas Dhu distilleries in the heart of the Whiskey Trail, Dalwhinnie is my favourite!
- D.Clark , 23rd June
a great bet for the price point. a subtle balance of sweetness and peat. delicious straight or with a small bit of spring water. what's not to like?
- anonymous, 30th May
Definatly underated. I think it is very well made and there is nothing not to like about it. If you are looking for a kick of strong peat then go elswhere. I would strongly recomend this to anyone, its quality just shines through.At 15 years old and 43% its spot on.
- Johnny Norfolk., 17th February
Dalwhinnie is a subtle, well-balanced, elegant yet bland and somewhat unambitious dram. If these notes are also part of your tasting notes of this dram, then you got it, this is what Dalwhinnie 15 is about. It is one of the most approachable and easily drinkable dram ever, do NOT expect to be overwhelmed by it because you won't be. Good and dependable everyday dram for the money.
- Scotch Fan , 29th Sep '13
I prefer to drink it than talk about it.
- anonymous, 16th Jul '13
15 years of age and 43% are a much better starting point than most standard malts. Dalwhinnie is a pleasant and approachable medium weight highlander. Delicate and delicious with light honeyed fruit. A very enjoyably drink that is often overlooked and underrated.
- The Colonel, 13th Apr '13
An excellent whiskey that is very sweet and easy to drink. Perfect for starting of with, before moving on to heavier, smokier stuff
- anonymous, 24th Mar '13
Sniffly on the nose, leading to a pork pie on the way down and a hint of cheese and pickle sandwich on the finish. All in all a very nice picnic.
- chumley pinkerton smythe, 19th Feb '13
Starts out with a bite then smooths into a symphony of sweet smooth fruity complexity, then finishes with a woody note of fruit. As good as anything twice the price.
- David, 26th Jan '13
Smooth as milk! Fantastic pre-dinner dram also, at least I find it so! After dinner I prefer heavier staff - Laphroaig, Lagavulin or similar, instead of cognac.
- Slobodan Mitrovic, 26th Sep '12
Very smooth... too smooth? Maybe...
- Andy Ellis - Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 17th Aug '12
tried this for the first time at a wedding on saturday found it really nice have found other malts way to peaty for my pallet will be buying some for home
- anonymous, 2nd Aug '12
With its initial smooth honey notes and vanilla after taste this is certainly one of the easiest whiskey's to drink I have encountered. Deffinately going to purchase another bottle as soon as I can. I recommend adding a teaspoon of water which seems to break the surface tension of this 43% proof whiskey.
- David, 14th Jul '12
This is one of my all time favourites... just so easy to drink.. help relax the body and mind after a long day at work...
- Neil Ross , 13th Jul '12
Love the comment concerning the spelling of previous reviewers, classic telegraph readership response. Anyhow I'm in no way a whisky drinker as read the guardian but in my humble opinion a very very enjoyable drink. Ignores the ridiculous overpowering smokey tastes favoured by the masses and focuses on a delicate balance of subtle sweet heather sweetness with a hint of liquorice.
- anonymous, 14th Apr '12
I agree with Jamie H's analysis - I was rather underwhelmed by it too, and I expected more from a 15-year-old. Perhaps the description 'medium-bodied' should've clued me in to the fact that it wasn't going to be overabounding with rich flavour. Subtle and sharp could be the two most applicable adjectives, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
- Grant Melville, Falkirk, 15th Mar '12
Got to be honest, I had a bottle over Christmas and was a little underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great malt - sweet and easy to drink. But for the age and price I was expecting more. I would only buy it again if it was on a special offer. Glenfiddich and Glenlivet 15yo's are a much better option.
- Jamie H, 9th Mar '12
Second best single malt iv had 9/10 good stuff
- Vinni, 26th Jan '12
First bite is little bit ...., but second and after than you can feel to smooth and little bit smoke, warm, honey ..ext and what can I say It's Awesome
- JJF, 21st Jan '12
A very grown-up whisky this one, beware, sharp to begin with, but after a few glasses settles into a lovely if slightly harsh woodiness. Quite a nostalgic drop for me, reminds me of the time as a little kid trying my uncle's whisky, and getting blown away by the potency of flavour! Who's knows what that was, but this certainly takes me back ...