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
Sweet and spicy
Very smooth scotch, by far my favorite as of yet. Very clean and smooth finish
This scotch has many flavors but the fire at the end overpowers them. This is a classic example of a decent scotch that could be a good or a great, but is just a little too harsh to get it there.
This has a very nice nose, and I experienced oak and cherry flavors, along with a nice syrupy texture. It also had no bad aftertaste, which I likely was attuned to because of my experience with Talisker. It still has some very strong(no pun intended) competition with my other whiskey favorites, but it is without a doubt a solid drink
I really enjoyed this scotch. It had a robust, smooth flavor with subtle hints of vanilla, walnut, and honey. Would recommend this as a gateway to scotches for bourbon drinkers.
Smooth smoky, honey and fruit smells. Very delicious, vanilla flavor, mild orange. Sweet aftertaste, mildly sour cherry. Very nice, I would recommend it to everyone.
not bad at all, slight sweet initial with smooth aroma in the tongue, inviting yet it tells u to slow down
A vety nice whisky, which in my opinion grows flavor with a small sip of water. Even I, a true novice when it comes to tasting spirits, can really feel the sweet notes of honey, vanilla and caramel in this one.
Nice, vanilla, honey, caramel, smoke
NOTHING BUT GOOD THINGS FROM TASTE TO SMELL ECT, ECT. ENJOYED EVERY DROP
Great, sweet taste and smell. Lighter, more subtle, more drinkable whisky.
It has a good taste. I would say it is very nice in the variety of flavours. I like it.
easy to get used to. sweet and buttery toffey... little burn. good finish
One of my all time favorite scotches!
Rich, fruity, sweet.
I enjoyed the crisp aroma, but noticed more barley than honey or sweetness in the flavor. Pleasant enough, but nothing I would seek out.
Smoky, sweet, strong, smooth. This whisky tries to combine all and does not impress me at all. It’s all one big blend of average tastes which is a shame really.
Smooth, light peaty taste, and good finish.
When I want whisky with hints of flower and leather. This is where I go. Very smooth.
Another class malt with a lovely taste
This one is really smooth and has good flavor. If you'er looking for something to really zap you with heavy boldness then try something else. I found it Very enjoyable!
Comfortable, not hard to enjoy. Nothing special about it..
The peat is missing. This one is for smooth whisky lovers.
Very good, and for the price at Total Wine and More is great deal!
Smooth, but rather short in taste.
A great choice for highland Scotch. Less crisp and sweet than a lot of other Highlands and more savory and rich. A very complex flavor.
This is a tasty dram, almost pretty would be a good description it comes on quick with light fruity grassy and floral notes that hide a bit of smoke and oak under it. There is an odd taste on the finish I cant identify that I'm not super fond of but it is one of the best single malts I have tried to date
Sweet and nice aroma. Strong initial kick but very sweet sugary almost unusualy honeylike following (at least for such spirit). Not smokey at all and I like that. Pleasent after taste. Good but not perfect. Nice companion for casual evening.
Not a big fan of scotch, some are ok, some not. I really like this one, and will order again.
very subtle peat and smoke, but enough to tell you that this is a scotch. as a newbie to scotch I love this drink.
Bit spicy on tongue
Good aroma, light and sweet. Thought it had a rough, smokey finish.
nice aroma good taste ,i do have enjoyed it en will drink it again
Nice aroma, very light with a nice long aftertaste. I enjoyed it and will drink it again.
One of my all time favourites such a sweet whisky with an aftertaste that reminds me of bonfire night
Light, a little sweet but covered with fruit smell
Guess I would have had a more elaborate opinion if I had actually received that tasting box, but... *insert default*.
I really liked this. It was my favorite of the 3 in my welcome box. It is complex and smooth.
Not too smokey or peaty. Still on the sweeter side. Not great but not bad.
There was the slightest whiff of honeysuckle or similar aromatic floral scent on the nose. On the palate I found a very small taste of peat and a continuation of a honeyed undertone. I did not taste a lot on the finish other than the whisky burn. I have owned a bottle of Dalwhinnie 15 in the past, but I don't know that I would buy it again, especially with all of the better options available today.
Agressif dès l'entrée en bouche.
Not for me. Did not care for the burning as it went down my throat. I was under the impression that the older scotch gets the smoother it gets. Not a nice smell or flavor for me.
This bottle was ok nothing to get excited about but good
A very rounded 15 year old scotch with a nice long finish. I liked it very much.
Smooth taste with the hint of Smokey. i had the sample and bought a bottle enough said.
Smooth. There's a touch of sass but it's otherwise quite palatable with finishing on a sweet note.
I really liked this one a little smokey but super smooth
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.
A nice sweet scotch. Slight smoky peat nose. Light on the palate. Smooth finish. A good starter Scotch whisky. My wife likes it.
Love this with a drop of cola.. The cola makes it taste like pure honey. Very smooth and refine...
I liked the initial aroma. Drank it straight with one cube of ice and it went down very smoothly
Honey, caramel, citrus, smooth. Very enjoyable. Better than the most common high-shelfs.
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.
No need to add water. Very lite and vanilla
Good honey flavor. Great burn. Smooth. Could linger longer tho
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.
Smooooooooooooooooth... Lacks a distinct flavor. Subtlety is the name of the game here. It's a scotch I could have everyday.
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.
A sweeter malt with a slight smoky taste and a spicy finish.
Nice and smooth. Not too smokey.
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.
The Glenkinchie and Lagavulin were great but the bottle with the Dalwhinnie was broken upon arrival so I didn't get to try it.
did not like the aroma but is tasted good.
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.
Great aroma and very smooth. Drinkable with everything and could drink straight or on the rocks.
Not a big fan, personally found it hard to swallow and not very drinkable.
Was very easy to drink.
Solid but not a top choice
Smooth sipping... pleasant sweetness. The lingering flavor is very smooth.
Slight alcohol burn on the tail
The sweetness stood out for me on this one. Good scotch but probably not one i would go out and buy right away.
I was pretty indifferent about this whiskey. Not something I would say I liked but I didn't hate it either
I could see drinking this is the right setting, but not an every day one for me.
I like it. I'll definitely be buying a bottle at some point. Very smooth, sweet flavor.
Still a Good and Nice Whisky even for The less experienced whisky drinker. Really Nice to taste with chocolate
Smooth. Mellow flavor.
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.
My go to scotch
Amazingly smooth with subtle sweet flavors.....
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.
very good flavor
Great and easy sipping whisky!
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!
This was an impressive whisky in the welcome box. With a few drops of water, the finish is better appreciated. Good flavor.
Nice smooth taste, tiny bit of spice with a mellow vanilla that rolls across the palate
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.
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.
Smooth and light. Has a bit of a bite but still refreshing.
Smells of pot-pourri and tastes like Werther's Originals, with an unfortunate lingering finish of bad caramel syrup.
Dalwhinnie was DalWinner of the tasting box. Fruity on the nose and a smooth and sweet taste. I dig it!!!
Smooth and rich tasting
I toured the Dalwhinnie with my family last year. A great tour and experience and the Dalwhinnie remains one of my favorites.
Long lasting finish. Very nice
Smooth and refreshing. Tasting it you can feel sweetness and the interesting aroma. Definitely would belong my collection at home for friends and family.
Smooth and refreshing. Nice citrus and Carmel notes. A little spice. Definitely one I would have in my collection at home for company.
Smells like a campfire with a sweet honey flavor as it hits the tongue. Sweetness gives way to fire and smoke.
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
Very nice Scotch. Nice and smooth with both sweetness and smokiness.
Smooth and complex. I like the honey and smoke. Excited to try with a cigar
Light smokiness, great daily drink!
God and smooth with a nice bite. Not too strong on the peat, very smooth by sip three
Nice and subtle flavors
Nice sipper. Good flavor.
Really smooth with a little bit at the end. But it doesn't linger.
Smooth and nice flavor profile with this.
This is my kind of Scotch, and I'll be adding it to the cottage bar.
Very smooth flavor, especially for a 15 year.
Easy to sip. Like a fine Italian woman.
Nice smell, good taste.
Flavorful, smooth, and sweet. Complex but well balanced. Great scotch for those looking to enjoy with a bourbon lover.
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.