honey
apple peels
smoky
vanilla
walnuts
caramel
citrus
floral
fire
Spiral Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old
Dalwhinnie
15 Year Old
Tasting Notes
Appearance / Color
Golden.
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
A big, crisp, dry and very aromatic nose... apples, vanilla, and citrus.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Smooth, soft and lasting flavours of heather-honey sweetness, apple peels and vanilla followed by deeper citrus-fruit flavours and hints of malted bread.
 
Finish 
Long, lingering, surprisingly intense finish that starts sweetly, then gives way to vanilla, apples, walnuts, smoke and malt. 
 
Flavour spiral 
Honey, walnut, vanilla, apple and apple peels, caramel, sweet, floral, citrus, fire. 
 

 
Price:
$69.99
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.
 
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Highland
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Dalwhinnie
  • Bottler
    Dalwhinnie
  • Age
    15 Year Old

Dalwhinnie

15 Year Old

(0.7l, 43%)


6.9/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old
Gabor
Gabor,
A very rounded 15 year old scotch with a nice long finish. I liked it very much.
Roger
Roger,
Smooth taste with the hint of Smokey. i had the sample and bought a bottle enough said.
Joel
Joel,
Smooth. There's a touch of sass but it's otherwise quite palatable with finishing on a sweet note.
Michael
Michael,
I really liked this one a little smokey but super smooth
Margaret
Margaret,
Thanks to my first Tasting Box, I have discovered I'm not a fan of scotch. I liken this one to drinking a charcoal fire even though there were aromas of green apples. Too much smoke and peat.
Thomas
Thomas,
A nice sweet scotch. Slight smoky peat nose. Light on the palate. Smooth finish. A good starter Scotch whisky. My wife likes it.
Oliver
Oliver,
Floral, honey
Xavier
Xavier,
Love this with a drop of cola.. The cola makes it taste like pure honey. Very smooth and refine...
Marty
Marty,
I liked the initial aroma. Drank it straight with one cube of ice and it went down very smoothly
Greg
Greg,
Honey, caramel, citrus, smooth. Very enjoyable. Better than the most common high-shelfs.
Richard
Richard,
This one is a firm favourite in the collection, and certainly missed when it's all gone! Smooth and subtle with a reassuring smokiness. Best with a splash of ginger ale and a cube of ice.
Ryan
Ryan,
No need to add water. Very lite and vanilla
Jeff
Jeff,
Good honey flavor. Great burn. Smooth. Could linger longer tho
Keith
Keith,
A little sweet for my liking. Very nice flavor, little burn on the back side. My first nose of it reminded me of wine. After resting a bit the honey really jumped out. Not my everyday choice but I'll most likely add a bottle to my collection.
Ajith
Ajith,
Smooooooooooooooooth... Lacks a distinct flavor. Subtlety is the name of the game here. It's a scotch I could have everyday.
Collin
Collin,
I am a beginner scotch drinker and have tried several different bottle recommendations and samples from Flaviar. Dalwhinnie is a must have. I put in for a bottle of it every time I order from this site.
Kevin
Kevin,
A sweeter malt with a slight smoky taste and a spicy finish.
Mazi
Mazi,
Nice and smooth. Not too smokey.
Scott
Scott,
I was actually not a fan of any of the samples in the box, as I am not a huge fan of Scotch in general. I'm sure they are all good, but not liking Scotch, I cannot give a fair review of how good they are. I actually would have preferred a varied sample box. i.e. one bourbon, one cognac, one tequila, that sort of thing.
Paul
Paul,
The Glenkinchie and Lagavulin were great but the bottle with the Dalwhinnie was broken upon arrival so I didn't get to try it.
james
james,
did not like the aroma but is tasted good.
Trevor
Trevor,
Not bad.
Joshua
Joshua,
Noice
Robert
Robert,
This is the single malt that introduced me to the sainted spirit. And one I return to when the opportunity arises. This is, for me is an arm chair in a glass. And like the arm chair, is better without any water poured into it.
Alex
Alex,
Great aroma and very smooth. Drinkable with everything and could drink straight or on the rocks.
Donald
Donald,
Not a big fan, personally found it hard to swallow and not very drinkable.
Rich
Rich,
Excellent dram.
Betty
Betty,
Was very easy to drink.
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Solid but not a top choice
Jason
Jason,
Smooth sipping... pleasant sweetness. The lingering flavor is very smooth.
Carolyn
Carolyn,
Slight alcohol burn on the tail
Chris
Chris,
The sweetness stood out for me on this one. Good scotch but probably not one i would go out and buy right away.
Cameron
Cameron,
I was pretty indifferent about this whiskey. Not something I would say I liked but I didn't hate it either
Mike
Mike,
I could see drinking this is the right setting, but not an every day one for me.
Jerel
Jerel,
I like it. I'll definitely be buying a bottle at some point. Very smooth, sweet flavor.
Peter
Peter,
Still a Good and Nice Whisky even for The less experienced whisky drinker. Really Nice to taste with chocolate
Josh
Josh,
Smooth. Mellow flavor.
Jesse
Jesse,
This was the clear winner from my tasting box (and the other guys as well). Smooth, a little bit sweet and a bite at the end. This one will be coming home in a larger bottle soon.
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Smooth
Steve
Steve,
My go to scotch
Scott
Scott,
Amazingly smooth with subtle sweet flavors.....
John
John,
Very impressive whisky, with a smoky sweetness that gave way to a peppery finish. A splash of water lengthened the finish, but seemed to dull the palate a bit.
anonymous
anonymous,
Very good, and for the price at Total Wine and More is great deal!
Thomas
Thomas,
very good flavor
anonymous
anonymous,
Great and easy sipping whisky!
Ben
Ben,
I liked the honey flavor and it was smooth to drink. You get just a little touch of apple at the end too. The history of this scotch is interesting too, looked up more info on line, could be a fun one to visit!
Mary
Mary,
This was an impressive whisky in the welcome box. With a few drops of water, the finish is better appreciated. Good flavor.
Samuel
Samuel,
Nice smooth taste, tiny bit of spice with a mellow vanilla that rolls across the palate
Trent
Trent,
Medium to sharp aroma with hint of honey Strong honey flavor with hints of caramel. Finishes with light airy citrus flavor with smallest hint of smoke.
Daniel
Daniel,
Very strong apple aroma at first, nice kick, and smokey flavor. Not bad, but not mind blowing. To me it's a nice alternative to your typical whisky but I' don't see me rushing to buy a bottle yet.
Bob
Bob,
Smooth and light. Has a bit of a bite but still refreshing.
B
B,
Smells of pot-pourri and tastes like Werther's Originals, with an unfortunate lingering finish of bad caramel syrup.
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Dalwhinnie was DalWinner of the tasting box. Fruity on the nose and a smooth and sweet taste. I dig it!!!
Chris
Chris,
Smooth and rich tasting
Matthew
Matthew,
I toured the Dalwhinnie with my family last year. A great tour and experience and the Dalwhinnie remains one of my favorites.
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Long lasting finish. Very nice
David
David,
Smooth and refreshing. Tasting it you can feel sweetness and the interesting aroma. Definitely would belong my collection at home for friends and family.
Tony
Tony,
Smooth and refreshing. Nice citrus and Carmel notes. A little spice. Definitely one I would have in my collection at home for company.
Aaron
Aaron,
Smells like a campfire with a sweet honey flavor as it hits the tongue. Sweetness gives way to fire and smoke.
Jeremy
Jeremy,
I'm new to premium whisky and this is the first proper Scotch I have tried over all not bad just not what I thought scotch would taste like
Andy
Andy,
Very nice Scotch. Nice and smooth with both sweetness and smokiness.
Morgan
Morgan,
Smooth and complex. I like the honey and smoke. Excited to try with a cigar
Tim
Tim,
Light smokiness, great daily drink!
Aaron
Aaron,
God and smooth with a nice bite. Not too strong on the peat, very smooth by sip three
Chris
Chris,
Nice and subtle flavors
Reginald
Reginald,
Nice sipper. Good flavor.
Nathan
Nathan,
Really smooth with a little bit at the end. But it doesn't linger.
Shawn
Shawn,
Smooth and nice flavor profile with this.
Brian
Brian,
This is my kind of Scotch, and I'll be adding it to the cottage bar.
Sam
Sam,
Very smooth flavor, especially for a 15 year.
Rodney
Rodney,
Easy to sip. Like a fine Italian woman.
anonymous
anonymous,
Nice smell, good taste.
Jesse
Jesse,
Flavorful, smooth, and sweet. Complex but well balanced. Great scotch for those looking to enjoy with a bourbon lover.
Jacob
Jacob,
My favorite of the tasting box. Good flavor, not overpowering. Smooth without a ton of fire.
Mary
Mary,
Light taste with a delightful honey finish... almost herbal.
Will
Will,
I found this better than expected. Sweet but a hint of smoke, a nice Scotch.
Tim
Tim,
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...!
Jon
Jon,
An easy Highland dram to enjoy anytime. A little heat, spice and smoke, barley and vanilla along with a trace of nutmeg... Love it!
KC
KC,
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.
Christopher
Christopher,
Light, drinkable, enjoyable.
Kyle
Kyle,
Good mellow flavor
Chippy
Chippy,
A bit spicy but still very mellow and easy to drink. A certain boldness stands out and makes this one of my favorites.
Richard
Richard,
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
Jeff
Jeff,
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.
J.
J.,
Not great, not terrible. Still new to the tasting process so rating conservatively until I have a few more samples under my belt.
Chris
Chris,
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.
Clarence
Clarence,
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.
NICHOLAS
NICHOLAS,
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!
Tom
Tom,
Very tasty. Definitely is smooth with little after taste
Eric
Eric,
Nice. Smooth and gentle. Sweet.
anonymous
anonymous,
This is a good introductory bottle of scotch. Flavor and burn are mild and smooth.
anonymous
anonymous,
Honey in your glass.
Michael
Michael,
never really drank scotch whiskey.....after tasting this i think ill have to buy me a bottle, loved the smoothness
Rodney
Rodney,
Out of the samples.. I loved this and will be buying bottle soon
Tom
Tom,
Sweet and smooth!
Alan
Alan,
Very smooth, slightly smoky.
Sam
Sam,
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.
Dave
Dave,
Starts off almost creamy, but it thins out to a peppery finish. A drop of water blooms the other flavors quite nicely.
Robert
Robert,
Smooth and subtle flavor.
James
James,
This is good. Very smooth and mild. Not spicy at all. More apple and leather.
Andrew
Andrew,
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.
T.C.
T.C.,
Such a smooth flavor, a new fave
Brandon
Brandon,
Sweet with peppery finish. Smooth start for easy drinking.
Mikall
Mikall,
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.
Paul
Paul,
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.
Jed
Jed,
I loved the Dalwhinnie 15 yr old. It was very smooth, not overly smoky but just the right balance. Great balance!
Kyle
Kyle,
7 because its pleasant and drinkable. Id buy it.
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Super smooth and great peat balance.
Joe
Joe,
Rich flavor, and decent finish. It's a bit harsh but not bad at all. Would buy in the future.
Randy
Randy,
Very tasty
William
William,
Very smooth, nice finish.
Chris
Chris,
Malty sweet with a little smoke in the finish. Really like this one. Definitely one for my bar.
anonymous
anonymous,
Smooth, rich, sweet and easy sipping.
Christopher
Christopher,
Smoky honey taste with a slightly fruity back, very distinctive flavor but not overpowering
Aaron
Aaron,
Nice and smooth. Very good flavor. Really enjoyed it!
Brian
Brian,
Really enjoyable finish
James
James,
Has the smooth whisky flavor I like. As I read the different descriptions in whiskeys I like I think it might be the vanilla.
Skyler
Skyler,
Nice flavor and good heat. Would consider a bottle.
Ty
Ty,
Very pleasing ,satisfying and relaxing with a wonderful finish !
Paul
Paul,
Not bad. But not amazing by any means imo. Smooth with quite the long burn finish.
Mark
Mark,
Very smooth. Apple is at the forefront for taste and smell (almost sour).
Hartley
Hartley,
Not as much sweetness or honey as I was expecting, my least favorite of the box
Joshua
Joshua,
Great, smooth flavor!
Justin
Justin,
Wouldn't order it, but would drink it if it was free.
Bud
Bud,
Balanced well with a crisp finish
Carl
Carl,
Smooth with a hot finish.
Steve
Steve,
Favorite of the 3. Enjoyed the flavor and lingering aroma afterwards.
Scott
Scott,
First taste went down smooth. Had a little heat, which I liked.
Michael
Michael,
Nice and smooth. Finish of fire is accurate
Dr
Dr,
Smooth and easy drink. Spike of fire as it finishes. Nice.
Jon
Jon,
That FUEGO is real.
Matthew
Matthew,
It's nice enough and may please some who prefer the floral taste, but it's not for me I fear.
Charlie
Charlie,
Fire. Little too much burn to it but smooth going down.
Virgil
Virgil,
Need it!
Seth
Seth,
Good beginner drink. Smooth and soft and crisp and fruity.
Diego
Diego,
Very interesting flavor, fruity and strong
Josh
Josh,
Delicious
Mel
Mel,
Cherry and Vanilla nose. Strong flavor with thin, light mouth-feel. Short finish. Wouldn't buy a whole bottle of it though.
Zack
Zack,
Loved ot
Joe
Joe,
Did not care for it . Strong alcohol flavor but did not notice any other flavors
Toby
Toby,
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.
Micah
Micah,
Light and elegant. Not overly peaty.
Kevin
Kevin,
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.
Brendan
Brendan,
Smooth to start, good body in finish, multiple tastes outlines well received. V
David
David,
Loved this - quite sharp on first sip but mellowed quickly. ""Brilliant" would be the best description :)
Robbie
Robbie,
Excellent scotch.
Lorenzo
Lorenzo,
Vanilla, honey with hints of smoke. Very nice with a little water.
Deja
Deja,
Smooth and smokey.
Matthew
Matthew,
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.
Leo
Leo,
It's light, with some spice to it. Light smokiness. It seems a little "rough" in my opinion
Kyle
Kyle,
Slow to start but nice sweetness. Nice burn at the end.
Craig
Craig,
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).
Mark
Mark,
Extremely Smooth, one of the best ive tasted
Andrew
Andrew,
Starts off slow, then really opens up and finishes nicely.
Lawrence
Lawrence,
Pretty damn decent. Lighter on the roast I believe and an overall delight.
Carlos
Carlos,
Great smell great taste my favorite of the three samples
John
John,
Our least favorite of the three samples. A bit too citrus for our tastes.
Christopher
Christopher,
Good but just okay....didnt taste too much flavor.
Sam
Sam,
Mild, almost bland flavor profile. Nice kick / burn on after. Mixture of smooth and kick
Donald
Donald,
I like it better than Glenkinchie.
Mark
Mark,
Did not like it.
Brock
Brock,
Smooth and delicious. Wouldn't have bought if it hadn't been for the Welcome Sample box!
Don
Don,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
Robert
Robert,
Crisp and flavorful Soft and lingering finish
Michael
Michael,
Very smooth smokey flavor! I really like this 15 Year old!
Greg
Greg,
Very smooth from start to finish. The smokey caramel taste was very nice.
Brenton
Brenton,
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
Uri
Uri,
Once you get into the 7+ range, it's decanter worthy. This is a strong 7.
Michael
Michael,
Very delicious I'll have to buy me a bottle asap
Michael
Michael,
Very smooth and balanced.
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Golden color , fantastic aroma , a little hint of smoky flavor... very smooth
Grace
Grace,
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.
David
David,
Rich and sweet, smooth and boring.
Sam
Sam,
Very smooth. Caramel, a little smoke and vanilla. I slight hint of Apple.
Hans
Hans,
This was awesome
Daniel
Daniel,
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.
Dumitru
Dumitru,
That's strong
Martin
Martin,
Amazed from first sip!
T
T,
Smove, my wife and I enjoyed it.
Otniel
Otniel,
Fruity and smooth
Dan
Dan,
Smooth floral notes with honey.
Ryan
Ryan,
Grass and apples dipped in caramel
anonymous
anonymous,
Great!
anonymous
anonymous,
Soft sensation, rich flavour.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
Josh
Josh,
Light, smooth and well balanced notes for a scotch newbie.
anonymous
anonymous,
Fuity smell Taste smooth at beginning through end With water it does not change much Taste some chocolate with water
Robert
Robert,
Like this one a lot. Smith with just a little bite.
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