Dalwhinnie 1987
25 Year Old Special Releases 2012

70cl / 52.1%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Dalwhinnie 1987 / 25 Year Old / Special Releases 2012
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A fourth entry in the Diageo Special Releases range for Dalwhinnie, following on from a IWSC Best In Class winner. This time it's a 25 year old whisky distilled back in 1987.

Distillery Bottling
25 Year Old
Bottling Date
No of Bottles


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Heather Heather
  • White Pepper White Pepper
  • Honey Honey
  • Malt Malt
  • Cream Cream
  • Wax Wax

Dalwhinnie 1987 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Notes

    • Appearance:

      Light, golden amber. Good beading.

    • Nose:

      Opens cautious and soft, with waxy honeycomb offset by fresh, gently tart fruit notes, but soon reveals an aromatic complexity beyond its age. Sweet wood-shavings. The trademark Dalwhinnie honeycomb is the keynote, with heather and natural moorland scents, then traces of cream soda. Later, a nutty dryness coats rich, textured Italian chocolate ice-cream. Water raises warm candlewax; the effect is of a gentle waft of sugared patisserie-fresh glazed fruit pastries, with top-notes of honeysuckle, and the nose-feel is now more peppery.

    • Body:


    • Palate:

      Best straight, when it is smooth, sweet, distinctly waxy and initially cooling (again, honeycomb), with a rich marriage of oily malt and light, drying winey notes. Later, elegant vanilla-laced tannins give balancing hints of spice. With water (just a drop) the texture remains smooth and ‘teeth-coating’; the sweetness is still apparent. Finally dry and herbal (grassy freshness) with a hint of cleansing resin.

    • Finish:

      Rounded and medium to long. Warming, with a distinct rich, oaky spiciness in the aftertaste. With water, softer, shorter and less obviously spicy, the resin now transformed into late clove.

3 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    23 January 2018

    One of the best that I’ve had. Long finish, great flavor and surprisingly complex Came well packaged , delivered on time - very happy overall

  • 5
    26 September 2017

    I bought this Scotch for my husband's 50th birthday (he loves Scotch) and it was a hit! Great price, service and fast delivery. I will definitely shop here again.

  • mickyxxx 7 November 2012

    this is a special Single Malt Scotch Whisky when only the best will do