From the coldest and highest Distillery in Scotland.
Dalwhinnie, Scotland, has a population of 80. That’s not a typo. It is home to a small schoolhouse, a pub, an inn, a train station, and the Dalwhinnie Distillery. What else do you need, really? The distillery, founded in 1897 by John Grant, is famous for being the coldest and the “highest” distillery in Scotland. When you are talking about spirits, “highest” can mean several things right? In this case, we are talking about altitude, sitting at nearly 1100 feet above sea level.
Only 10% of production ends up in their single malt nameplate, and they are a small shop to boot with only one wash and one spirit still each. The rest goes into the famous blended Scotch “Black & White.” So grab what you can get your hands on.
Dalwhinnie has a reputation for creating light, almost gentle Whiskies, and Dalwhinnie 15 Year is their most famous expression. Matured only in Bourbon refill casks this malt got awarded 95 points in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Its flawless, clean and crisp flavours give this Highlander a recognizable place in the Diageo's Classic Malts range.
Member Reviews and Ratings of Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old
My favorite of the tasting box. Good flavor, not overpowering. Smooth without a ton of fire.
Light taste with a delightful honey finish... almost herbal.
I found this better than expected. Sweet but a hint of smoke, a nice Scotch.
Vey smooth very drinkable, nice straight in a good glass, great nose and follow on sweetness. Didn't need any water and certainly no ice. The sort of dram where a belt her and a bottle and suddenly the bottle is empty and your legs don't work...!
An easy Highland dram to enjoy anytime. A little heat, spice and smoke, barley and vanilla along with a trace of nutmeg... Love it!
Good. Not crazy about the ending nose. Bitter, floral, little smoke. Not bad. I really don't like the aftertaste though. Drink if offered, but probably never buy a bottle.
Light, drinkable, enjoyable.
Good mellow flavor
A bit spicy but still very mellow and easy to drink. A certain boldness stands out and makes this one of my favorites.
A nice sweet dram. I got honey, ice wine, and berries on the nose. I got the same honey note again, also ice cream with berries. I would drink this again
Light and clean, as advertised. Pretty sweet, with honey-like qualities. The sweetness also had a biscuit characteristic as well. Definitely apple and vanilla too.
Straightforward and smooth. I would drink this again, but prefer Dalwhinnie's Distiller's Edition, which is smoother yet more complex.
Not great, not terrible. Still new to the tasting process so rating conservatively until I have a few more samples under my belt.
I've never been impressed with this distillery's offerings, and this is an example why. I'm not saying it's horrible; it's great for introducing people to the world of scotch whisky, but it tastes like the distillery couldn't make up its mind on the flavor profile when creating it, like "I don't want to use a lot of peat, and be a proper highland malt, but I like the lightness of lowland. Oh yeah, I like American and Irish whiskey so I'll add that flavor to the mix by using their barrels. Anyone of them, doesn't matter. But as long as it's smooth." Smoothness is what they got right out of it, but doesn't taste like a true highland to me.
Nice smoky flavor in the taste, while the apple pops out in the finish. An interesting new experience for me, being a mostly Kentucky Bourbon guy.
This was my fave out of the three. It had a sweet initial taste to the lips with the nice warm sensation afterwards. Could sip on this for days!
Very tasty. Definitely is smooth with little after taste
Nice. Smooth and gentle. Sweet.
This is a good introductory bottle of scotch. Flavor and burn are mild and smooth.
Honey in your glass.
never really drank scotch whiskey.....after tasting this i think ill have to buy me a bottle, loved the smoothness
Out of the samples.. I loved this and will be buying bottle soon
Sweet and smooth!
Very smooth, slightly smoky.
Not huge into highlands. Not as sweet as most I've tried so wasn't disappointed. Recommend an ice ball for a better flavor. Would not buy but would partake again.
Starts off almost creamy, but it thins out to a peppery finish. A drop of water blooms the other flavors quite nicely.
Smooth and subtle flavor.
This is good. Very smooth and mild. Not spicy at all. More apple and leather.
Wow, This is my new goto.. Big citrus, Apple and nutty flavor mix. Its great with a few drops of water or a small ice cube to help release the big flavors. So smooth with a clean finish.
Such a smooth flavor, a new fave
Sweet with peppery finish. Smooth start for easy drinking.
I've been a big fan of Whisky for years now but the Dalwhinnie was the first I've had with an obvious vanilla flavor. Also the transition from the sweet start the the malty finish was great. I'm definitely going to buy this bottle.
Again not a Scotch drinker, I found this rather pleasing not too peaty and smoky, with a sweet after burn. This I would carry for my Scotch loving friends.
I loved the Dalwhinnie 15 yr old. It was very smooth, not overly smoky but just the right balance. Great balance!
7 because its pleasant and drinkable. Id buy it.
Super smooth and great peat balance.
Rich flavor, and decent finish. It's a bit harsh but not bad at all. Would buy in the future.
Very smooth, nice finish.
Malty sweet with a little smoke in the finish. Really like this one. Definitely one for my bar.
Smooth, rich, sweet and easy sipping.
Smoky honey taste with a slightly fruity back, very distinctive flavor but not overpowering
Nice and smooth. Very good flavor. Really enjoyed it!
Really enjoyable finish
Has the smooth whisky flavor I like. As I read the different descriptions in whiskeys I like I think it might be the vanilla.
Nice flavor and good heat. Would consider a bottle.
Very pleasing ,satisfying and relaxing with a wonderful finish !
Not bad. But not amazing by any means imo. Smooth with quite the long burn finish.
Very smooth. Apple is at the forefront for taste and smell (almost sour).
Not as much sweetness or honey as I was expecting, my least favorite of the box
Great, smooth flavor!
Wouldn't order it, but would drink it if it was free.
Balanced well with a crisp finish
Smooth with a hot finish.
Favorite of the 3. Enjoyed the flavor and lingering aroma afterwards.
First taste went down smooth. Had a little heat, which I liked.
Nice and smooth. Finish of fire is accurate
Smooth and easy drink. Spike of fire as it finishes. Nice.
That FUEGO is real.
It's nice enough and may please some who prefer the floral taste, but it's not for me I fear.
Little too much burn to it but smooth going down.
Good beginner drink. Smooth and soft and crisp and fruity.
Very interesting flavor, fruity and strong
Cherry and Vanilla nose.
Strong flavor with thin, light mouth-feel.
Short finish. Wouldn't buy a whole bottle of it though.
Did not care for it . Strong alcohol flavor but did not notice any other flavors
Dalwhinnie was a very smooth scotch, with a hint of spice. A nice smooth beginning, and a touch of fire at the end. One of my favorites to date.
Light and elegant. Not overly peaty.
Light varnish color, autumn gold. Well rounded nose, sweetness and smoke. Taste is malty, sweet, and mineral. Finish is mostly mineral with a touch of sweetness.
Smooth to start, good body in finish, multiple tastes outlines well received. V
Loved this - quite sharp on first sip but mellowed quickly. ""Brilliant" would be the best description :)
Vanilla, honey with hints of smoke. Very nice with a little water.
Smooth and smokey.
Delicious smokey vanilla flavor with hints of fruit on the finish. Coming from tasting the Talisker 10 there night before, the Dalwhinnie is much more enjoyable.
It's light, with some spice to it. Light smokiness. It seems a little "rough" in my opinion
Slow to start but nice sweetness. Nice burn at the end.
The Dalwhinnie 15 year old is the best light and fruity, non-peated Scotch I've tasted thus far. I was quite surprised that I enjoyed it so much (being a fan of the Islays).
Extremely Smooth, one of the best ive tasted
Starts off slow, then really opens up and finishes nicely.
Pretty damn decent. Lighter on the roast I believe and an overall delight.
Great smell great taste my favorite of the three samples
Our least favorite of the three samples. A bit too citrus for our tastes.
Good but just okay....didnt taste too much flavor.
Mild, almost bland flavor profile. Nice kick / burn on after. Mixture of smooth and kick
I like it better than Glenkinchie.
Did not like it.
Smooth and delicious. Wouldn't have bought if it hadn't been for the Welcome Sample box!
The Dalwhinnie was not bad. Decent flavor. I would drink this Scotch again.
I was not impressed with the Glenkinchie.
I did not like the Talisker Port. Had a taste like antiseptic.
Peat finish, but I like it and I usually don't like peaty whisky. Had a dram in Inverness and this would be worth adding to my collection.
Crisp and flavorful
Soft and lingering finish
Very smooth smokey flavor! I really like this 15 Year old!
Very smooth from start to finish. The smokey caramel taste was very nice.
Had high hopes for a 15 yr old. Not a lot of flavor but a lot of bite. Pass me another Highland Park 15 yr old if we are sticking to this age group
Once you get into the 7+ range, it's decanter worthy. This is a strong 7.
Very delicious I'll have to buy me a bottle asap
Very smooth and balanced.
Golden color , fantastic aroma , a little hint of smoky flavor... very smooth
Dalwhinnie was my introduction to Scotch, years ago, and it remains one of my favorites. It's still a great way to introduce someone to the beauty of whisky.
Rich and sweet, smooth and boring.
Very smooth. Caramel, a little smoke and vanilla. I slight hint of Apple.
This was awesome
I enjoyed the heather notes and subtle sweetness. This feels like a well balanced scotch to me and reminds me of Drambuie without the heavy sweetness.
Amazed from first sip!
Smove, my wife and I enjoyed it.
Fruity and smooth
Smooth floral notes with honey.
Grass and apples dipped in caramel
Soft sensation, rich flavour.
A classic dram. I keep a bottle in the freezer for a thick cold dollop of goodness on a hot summer's eve. A solid and consistent single malt.
Light, smooth and well balanced notes for a scotch newbie.
Taste smooth at beginning through end
With water it does not change much
Taste some chocolate with water
Like this one a lot. Smith with just a little bite.