As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m not a prolific Scotch tippler. I like Scotch. I drink it during the winter months from time-to-time. But, I’m by no means an expert. However, I’m always looking to learn more about and try more Scotch.
So, when I connected with a fellow blogger, Josh, over at A Dram Good Drink, and conducted a sample exchange, I was sure to get a few samples of Scotches I have yet to try. By the way, check out Josh’s blog, it is some fabulous stuff.
Josh was generous enough to send me a sample of this fine tipple. The Dalwhinnie 15. It is a Highland Scotch and has been aged, as you probably expect, for 15 years. Which is interesting since this is Dalwhinnie’s entry-level Scotch (most entry-level Scotches come in around 10-12 years old). A little extra age rarely hurts.
The Dalwhinnie Distillery was started in 1897 and has a rich history. It also sits on the highest point in the Highlands. Currently, it is owned by Diageo. When I learned this I was a little fearful at first since I’m not a huge fan of Diageo (think Orphan Barrel Series). But, as I cracked open my sample bottle I was pleasantly surprised. And, the day after going through my tasting, I’m still thinking about the experience. That is a good thing.
So, let’s see how good this tipple really is.
Age: 15 Years Old
Barrel: Re-Fill Bourbon
Very light. Honey and pears. Lots of sweet malt. Some florals (heather). A slight soapiness. This might be the florals. It just reminded me of some type of soap I have used before. It wasn’t a bad thing. In the back I get some golden raisins and lemon. The nose was okay but was not the highlight of this tipple for me.
This is where this one shines. It enters smoothly. Then, it slowly warms. It is not hot. Just pleasantly warms the palate. It is like wrapping up in a blanket on a crisp fall day. Love it! Other than that the flavors follow the nose. Lots of sweet malt. Citrus. Golden raisins. And then, mid-palate and out of left-field, mint. A very pleasant mint. Bitter herbs linger around the perimeter of the palate.
Medium. Sweet malt. Honey. Pleasent but not awesome.
I cannot justify talking too much about value since my experience comes from a free sample. But, I think it would be slightly over-priced at $60. And, considering in some places it can run upwards of $70, it can be even more over-priced. However, if I ever find a bottle between $50-55, I am picking it up without a second thought.
This is a pretty good dram. The nose and finish are nothing to write home about, but the experience on the palate is pleasent leaning toward wonderful. I really enjoyed this one. The warming sensation was second to very few and the suprise mint was cool. It is a good entry-level Scotch. I probably should have started here instead of with Laphroaig.
84/100 (A Solid Tipple)
*Disclosure: This sample was sent to me by Josh over at A Dram Good Drink (check out his review of this tipple here). Thank you for the sample, Josh!