Dalwhinnie distillery is situated between the gentle, grassy style of the Lowlands and the austere, firm body of Speyside which begins some 25 miles to the north. So remote, that in 1994 it was officially recorded as the coldest inhabited place in Scotland that year.
Dalwhinnie derives its name from the Gaelic for a ‘meeting place’ of sheep and cattle drovers. No other distillery may use the water from Lochan an Doire Uaine, (Gaelic for “Loch of the green thicket”) which lies at 2,000 feet in the Drumochter Hills.
Dalwhinnie 15-Year-Old Whisky (86 proof)
Visual: Mild gold.
Nose: Soft, feathery and straw-like malt. A lot of high notes from the distillate, while the wood aging frames the olfactory art.
Taste: Elegant, sweet, old school and yet very much in the vein of Speyside as opposed to a Lowlands style. Toasty, brightly percolating high notes smile from the glass. This is like meeting with an old chum to reminisce.
Finish: Medium short, with a dry, slightly tannic finish. The sweetness long faded, the final impression is of quiet evening by the fire.
Overall: Very nice and approachable. It definitely puts one in the mood for relaxing.
GSN Rating: A-
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