Jul 06

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Scotch – Review

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old ScotchDalwhinnie 15 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

86 Proof

Price Point: $50 – $60 for 750 ML

Distiller: Dalwhinnie Distillery



I first had a chance to sample Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old from a miniature bottle that was given to me about a year and a half ago.  Typically when I have the opportunity to try something, and it leaves a mark on me, I’ll purchase a bottle myself shortly thereafter.

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old did not leave that kind of mark on me.

After a string of emails back and forth with a fan of the blog, I was convinced to give this whisky another shot (proof that word-of-mouth is still the strongest form of marketing).  I found that, like many whiskies, this one grew on me after my second tasting.



The nose on Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old is really nice – a classical Highland nose.  This one reminds me of Glenfarclas 17 Year Old; very malty.  One of those whiskies you can spend twenty minutes nosing before taking your first sip.

This is a very tasty whisky.  Lots of flavor for the relatively average proof.  Dalwhinnie is dark and leathery, tasting very mature.  It is sweet but slightly smoky.  A very interesting mixture of flavors.

This has an incredibly malty finish (much to my liking), with hints of leather.  This stuff finishes very well.


Rating & Recommendations

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old earns a very good rating of 86 out of 100.

If you’re in the market for a very enjoyable whisky that can be savored by the nose alone, give this one a try.



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  1. Charles Shaulis

    Hello, Ryan.

    As you know, the Dalwhinnie 15 knocked the Dalmore 12 off the top of my Highland single malt list. Dalwhinnie fits my profile of what a classic Highland single malt scotch should taste like – mildly sweet and lightly peated, with a good malt finish. I’m glad that you decided to give it a second chance.


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