Dalwhinnie distillery is located in the Highland village of Dalwhinnie in Scotland. The distillery sources its water from at lake located high (over 2,000 feet) in the Drumochter Hills. The result is a slightly different kind of Scotch – very clean and crisp, never overwhelming in any one flavor or fashion.
We gave the Dalwhinnie 15 year old test after dinner on a warm April night in Florida.
Visually, the Dalwhinnie 15 is a clear and light Scotch. On the nose, you pick up notes of fruit, a hint of smoke, oak and honey.
A taste of the Dalwhinnie confirmed its reputation. This is an exceptionally clean and crisp Scotch. You can taste the sweetness – honey, vanilla, fruit and a slight spiciness.
The finish is slightly bitter, but light and easy. It all wraps up for a gentle smoothness that makes for easy drinking.
The Dalwhinnie 15 is not going to be for everyone. The smooth drinkability makes it perfect for an after dinner dram. Or for someone who is new to Scotch.
Don’t interpret the Dalwhinnie’s easy drinking with light weight. It’s a pleasant drink, but with subtle character, and great in the right situation.