The 15 year old expression from Dalwhinnie is one of the six original Classic Malts, appointed by United Distillers back in 1988. It doesn’t really mean anything, because it’s nothing more than a marketing ploy. Still has a nice ring to it though. It’s been a while since I’ve tasted this one, but I remember it as being a very easy drinking dram.
Dalwhinnie 15yo (43%, OB)
Nose: Sweet, fresh and fruity. Honey, toffee and vanilla with heather, peaches and green apple.
Taste: Malty and creamy with red apple and oranges. Lightly spiced. The honey and the vanilla make an encore.
Finish: Lingering spices and subtle notes of caramel glazed apple.
This is such an easy dram. And I mean that in the best way possible. Talk about accessible. If you’re a beginner than this is a perfect whisky.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.