This is one of Diageo’s classic malts, meant to represent the character of the Highland region, namely light, fruity and floral. The distillery is one of Scotland’s highest, not that it affects the whisky in any way, but who doesn’t like trivia.The malt is the backbone in the Black & White blend which is where the vast majority of it goes. Aside from this expression, the distiller’s edition and some NAS gimmick with snow on the box one barely sees a Dalwhinnie in the wild.
Aged 15 years. 43% ABV.
Nose: Quite pleasant. Peaches. Orange blossoms. Light honey. Quite a heavy malt note. Light woodspice. Some grassy, floral notes.
Palate: Malt. Honey. Oak. Grass.
Finish: Short. Malt. Wood.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
The nose was pleasant albeit boring, the palate and finish suffer from chill filtering. I really have nothing bad to say about this whisky, but not much good either. I’m always weary of these single malts that form the large part of blends and they tend to lack any unique character which is what makes trying all these whiskies fun in the first place.