Liquid Gold Award - 2014
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
Single Malt Scotch - 13 to 19 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Highlands & Islands 13-18yo - 2013
The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Daily Dram - 2013
Malt Maniacs Awards
Insider knowledge: Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Aromatic, toffee, fruit salad, lush nectarine, custard. Floral, apple blossom, honeysuckle. Apple peels, pear, touch of smoke.
Palate: Malty. Walnuts steeped in manuka honey with vanilla sponge. Gentle smoke weaves its way through the cereal with a touch of spice.
Finish: Long, malty, walnut, almond.
I agree, he also needs to get some perspective. Just because he (or she) cannot express what he is tasting does not mean the rest of us need to be so limited. I have been drinking whiskies for nearly 50 years and usually prefer more smoky peat flavours, but find Dalwhinnie to be a clean simple dram with lots of character that develops as you savour it. You can decide for yourself what particular tastes you find. (It does vary so much between individuals doesn't it?). Not everything needs to hit you like a Mack lorry.
8th August 2014
This dram reminds me of a first gf. Delicate and sweet. I prefer a dram that is more dominant in smoke and fruit. That being said, Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition is a great dram for one who is developing a palate for whiskey. Light taste of Apricot, peach, peat, vanilla and light smoke make this an enjoyable introductory single malt. Previous reviewer needs to relax. Try and find a dram that is enjoyable enough for you so that you are not so concerned with one another's spelling.
18th July 2014
I always wonder how many 'train spotters' just say this is great because of it has a reputation in some quarters. Oh yeah, tasting notes, what a load of old cobblers; nectarine and custard, yeah ok and a dash of emerald and smidgen of tiredness.. please spare me.
I personally believe a lot of people like this because its inoffensive; it has always disappointed me, it is very neutral, safe ground but crucially, for me, lacks any real character its just not really worth any critical comment about as dull and bland as it gets. There are much better highlands out there. Oh, and why can no one spell definitely properly!? (yes, I'm talking about you, Mr previous reviewer).
14th July 2014
Mellow, round, subltle. Honey, lemon rind, tea, medium finish with a slightly smoky flavor. simple flavors but pleasant and flawless. I would definately buy another bottle.
29th June 2014
Best I've had, a little bit of a step up in price but well worth it.
Learning to drink scotch, this will keep me coming back...
Well I had a shot for my 53rd Birthday when I was in Loch Laggon, on the 11th May a couple of weeks ago. I stopped drinking whiskey because of heart-burn! But a shot of Dalwhinniw 15yr Whiskey was SO Smoove that I was shocked how good it tasted. Even my wife had a little and she was shocked too & said: "Should I were to buy any Scottish Whiskey, it should be Dalwhinnie 15yr whiskey as it is worth the cost!" But wait, I have been told 24yr old Dalwhinnie Whiskey is even better and smoover!! :) Mr PCD Shaw from South Africa.
27th May 2014
A very nice dram which delivers all that the tasting notes claim except I didn't get the gentle smoke they promised however the malt & fruit are outstanding. My only complaint was the 29 year old is so special for the soft notes of heather which are so pleasing unfortunately not so present here but that's ok, a nice addition to anyone's collection.
one of the classic malts for sure! I love Islay scotches, but I also know what to expect when I choose Dalwhinnie and I'm never disappointed!!
17th May 2014
PLEASE READ everybody has a different palate what tastes sweet to you mite taste bland to me so when buying whiskey/whisky whatever try something that you think that u wont like u mite just get a nice surprise. Back to the whiskey smells wonderful but the taste a let down for me drinkable.
30th April 2014
I was in scotland for the first time in December and developed a taste for the whiskey.
Upon returning to Hong Kong where I work I bought 13 bottles of various types of scotch - 21 and 12 year old Balvenie and various others - I also brought 6 bottles of 25 year old Macallan with me.
So far I have tried the ones above (have quite a few others to test yet...) but by FAR the Dalwhinnie 15 yr old is the best of the lot.
And it's a fair bit cheaper than the others to boot.
This whiskey is outstanding value --- I will try the others of course but it is likely this will be my chosen one going forward.
18th April 2014
Highland classic; an extremely clear expression of what the highlands offer. Single malt connoisseurs won't find anything new here, but that isn't necessarily bad - the Dalwhinnie 15 is a great back to basics highland that will remind you of what makes a highland single a highland single. Just enough peat on the palate to remind you you're drinking scotch, but mellow and light enough to sip casually when you don't want to work for complex notes.
Have a friend who "doesn't like scotch"? Yeah, you do. This might not turn them, but it's a good weapon to have at hand for those who had a run-in with dad's Laphroaig 10 year as a teen and think that's all scotch has to offer. 8/10 as it shouldn't be missed, and no bar is complete without a bottle, but not adventurous enough to warrant the final 2 stars.
13th April 2014
After many years of wondering what was missing form this scotch, I finally realized that it is not a bad scotch but not worth the price point, especially when The MacAllan 12 will blow it away in price,complexity, taste and finish.
11th April 2014
As a malt maniac of many years there are very few single malts I haven't tried this was one of them and I was bought a bottle for Christmas and was so disappointed. It's probably the most ordinary malt ive ever had along with the glenlivet 12. The finish is woefully short and the nose and palate remind me of vomit.A Dreadful dram.
27th March 2014
25th March 2014
dalwhinnie 15 yr is a great scotch,to bad they use e-150 colorant and chill filtering.but it is still my favorite along with lagavulin 16 yr that has the same process to bad.
7th March 2014
Had far more flavour, smooth and fulll of interest.This is a great malt at 15 years and 43%. Highly recomended.One of the best.
23rd February 2014
I have not had scotch in a while, probably because I enjoyed a good Monte Cristo No. 2 with it, so when I gave up cigars the drink seemed to naturally follow.
I normally enjoy Johnny Walker Blue Label as well as Glenfiddich 18 year as well as the occasional Lagavulin 16. That being said, I am delighted that my first dram of scotch in a while was this fine Dalwhinnie. They say it is not an overly complex scotch but then simple is sometimes the most enjoyable.
6th February 2014
didn't give me any joy. I find it lacks character, I drink it when i barbecue. If i could use one word to describe this whisky it would be "meeeh.."
3rd February 2014
Delicious, subtle perfection. Nectar wise, the Dalwhinnie 15 is 86% proof genius.
1st February 2014
The taste is great, and for that alone it could be put down on a list of amazing Whisky. However the delivery is something to note too, Dalwhinnie do a 20cl bottle for approx. £13, and you can find them on the high street. This is ideal for when your nipping round to a mates, or on a night away stuck in a hotel room, who wants to humph a £35 70cl around unnecessarily.
As a neanderthalic drinker of nothing but light lagers from South America, albeit I massively enjoy the complexity and depth of the world of wine I've never, ever been a lover of anything whisky. I had a cocktail in Gleneagles called the '80' which contained 15yo Dalwhinnie. The only reason I bought this was to recreate the '80' at home and boy was I in for a treat. For anyone out there with any bad memories of whisky, or a fear of trying a single malt this is truly delicious, light, interesting, lingering smooth and gentle insight and introduction into a whole new world of deliciousness. Now I've dipped my toes in the water the world of malt is there for the taking. Try it.
31st January 2014
A wonderful light, flavorful sweet scotch. If you are not in the mood for laphoraig try this. Very nice.
30th January 2014
Dalwhinnie 15 has been on my bucket list for a long time, for one reason or another I've never had a chance to try it. I have to say I was disappointed I found it rather bland carrying some subtle syrupy sweetness and a long slightly uncomfortable papery dry finish. Not every dram can be suited to every palate but I found this one disappointingly characterless.
Christmas pressure fro daughter, loved it best I've had
12th January 2014
BETTER THEN SOME 17 YEAR OLD THAT I'VE HAD
VERY SMOOTH VERY RICH
4th January 2014
One review I read said that this scotch is "remarkable because of just how unremarkable it is" and they're right.. Whenever anyone says that they don't like scotch, etc, I usually have them try some because it just a nice, mellow, scotch that I can just slowly work my way through..
31st December 2013
I have been a whiskey drinker for for over forty five years, and tasted them all. In my humble opinion you will not get any better. I am a Scot and now, will not buy anything else. Very smooth and won't burn on the way down. Try it.
30th December 2013
so smooth first time I've tried it taste so smooth
27th December 2013
i have had an obsesion with good wiskeys i started with jack and jim gross... but worked my way through many grate burbons up to the pappy had a burbon collection that fill my bar top (100)+ and i had dabled in scotch trying blended like cutty sark up to jonnie waker blue all i found gross drinkable not enjoy able my friend intoduced me to glenlivet and i was hooked i started trying anything single malt and all were good but this was the best thing i ever put in my mouth i have a collection of scotch 60+ and have bars that i try a lot of others and have friends that have collections of themselves but by far this was the smothes best tasting stcotch i have ever tryed it is the only sctoch i can drink neat there is no harshness and no tast of alc. just pure clean fawless tast of butterstoch toffee almand chease cake buttery carmel with fresh cut flowers and finish with nutty toffee amazing
26th December 2013
common with the reviews this is a good whiskey real vaule for money easy to drink not coarse not bitter in ur mouth what a choice of drink 10/10
24th December 2013
I just had my first dram of this. I find it very subtle and very easy to drink. But keep in mind that it lacks the complexity and kick of other malts. So it all depends on your mood, this is very light and subtle, for a second I wondered if this is indeed a scotch or a liqueur of some sort. A wonderful experience, Dalwhinnie will be one of my favorites from now on. Occasionally though I enjoy something stronger with a little more kick to it.
8th December 2013
always have a bottle in!
2nd December 2013
You get what you pay for, solid single malt.
30th October 2013
awesome value for money real quality malt
28th October 2013
I brought this as one of my 1st whisky's was no disappointed lovely colour and smells great, my favourites' .rated 95 and worth it ,m,j,Harris
26th October 2013
very good...on the top of my list
10th October 2013
Let's face it. It's a matter of preference. I like beer. Do I like them all? Of course I don't. It's no different with Whisky but some on here take it as a personal affront if a Dram has the temerity to affront their personal taste. I don't get seduced by price either. I reckon if you pay more than 50 quid for a bottle the taste won't get better you're just paying for the exclusivity. Anyway, Dalwhinnie 15 would be my desert island Malt. I have tried hundreds and will keep trying but It's fair to say (in my opinion) I cant find anything better.
3rd October 2013
Ok, maybe not just like Jameson, but definitely tastes Irish.
23rd September 2013
Tastes like Jameson. I guess I could leave it at a friends house... or mix it with ginger ale. Not worth the price.
un whisky non-whisky, senza personalità.
18th September 2013
By comparison to other whiskeys, this has in my opinion a very gentle yet full flavour. Honestly I dont know a lot about whiskeys, but I have tasted a lot of expencive ones. And this is definetly one of my favourites.
30th August 2013
The first and still the best malt I've ever tasted.
Such an excellent starter malt and one you'll keep coming back to, if only to remind yourself of the bencmark you set others malts.
Want to like whisky, try this then embark on your journey, but don't forget your roots.
7th August 2013
It is called "The gentle spirit" for a good reason. I found quite tasty with a light smokiness that was balanced with a honey-like sweetness. It is relatively smooth to drink straight and I prefer this one without ice or a splash of water. Adding a bit of water makes it softer still for a relaxing drink after supper. It is reliable when you're not after a punch of flavor/smoke.
26th July 2013
Один из моей любимой 6-ки Классик Молт. Чемпион Хайленда!
Сначала нотки Хереса, потом сладость верескового мёда, как у An Cnoc 12. Просто симфония вкуса!!! Шедевр солодового виски!!!
Один из немногих виски, что считаются с десертами!!!
(Translation using Google Translate: One of my favorite 6s Classic Malt. Highland Champion!
First notes of Sherry, then heather honey sweetness, like An Cnoc 12. Just a symphony of taste! A masterpiece of malt whiskey!
One of the few temples that are considered the dessert!)
8th June 2013
I really like Dalwhinnie 15 not only for the smoothness, but because of its unpretentious simplicity and because that what it does it does well on all accounts. the cost is good, the nose is lovely, the taste is smooth, and the finish gently fades in a way I immediately want to have another sip straight away.
5th June 2013
Introduced to this initially through my mum - her favourite whisky and her dads as well. Will always have an important place for me and is a classic that holds a dignified and deserved place in the world of whisky, and on many a shelf. Nose: Wonderfully aromatic; pears, apple, blossom (apple, almond, peach, I could go on...) honeysuckle and honeyed apricots with a hint of spice and a gentle, almost elusive whiff of peat. Palate: cereal sweetness, toasted oak and more of those floral almond and apricot notes. Melts into honey and spice with a thread of peat deftly woven in. Finish: Resolves into more spice than sweetness, becoming more nutty but maintaining the honey notes. Toasted malt, and a long lingering warmth.
18th April 2013
Sent a bottle to my father in Spain. His palate is not whisky educated. He can't afford buying Scottish whisky or any. Here, again, he noticed the smoothness of it and the flavour. In his language it means real good.
he got 2 samples of Blanton bourbon I sent after reading the reviews. He said Blanton burned his mouth..!! Too happy he forgot it all with 15 years velvety Dahlwhinnie !
17th April 2013
If you like a lighter whisky you can do better. The only thing letting this down is its finish (a little on the harsh side. I would really rate Tomartin or Tormore for a or subtle finish.
14th April 2013
Very good stuff...Recommended
1st April 2013
The Chaps at Master of Malt have this one pegged perfectly...Very aromatic nose, lots of fruit and light smoke; the palate has a lot of walnut and spice, but it's not overpowering; and the finish goes on forever...I love this one, definitely one of the better light single malts in its price range.
28th March 2013
A very smooth and delicate one.. one of my favorites
25th March 2013
Soft on the tongue, but sofisticated on taste...
19th March 2013
Spectacular as Whisky and so smooth and fine that I don't need any Cognac or Brandy!
Nose: honey, salted butter, touch of smoke, toasted walnuts
Taste: the softest bite, followed by honey, caramel, apple
Finish: long, vanilla, marmalade, more honey, walnuts
A classic and great value for the money.
4th March 2013
I set down strong drink nearly 40 years ago, but missed my scotch. Recently I decided to return. And wanted to try a traditional single malt...absolutely loved it. Perfect to the nose, palate and resonance for me. I might shop a bit more, but I'm sure I'll keep coming back to Dalwhinnie 15.
28th February 2013
A buddy of mine and I have been slowly working our way through all the different single malts at a local store and so far...this is the winner. I was surprised a 15 year old could taste this smooth, but it does. Really a beautiful scotch, at any price.
11th February 2013
I don't concider myself a connoisseur of fine whiskies, but I know what I like, and this is my favorite. Good to the nose, gentle over the tongue, easy finish! I love it! If there is something better, poor me a wee glass!
5th February 2013
I bought a bottle of this over the Christmas holidays for only 25 pounds, it truly is wonderful stuff.
Nose, vanilla, toffee, marmalade, marzipan, apricot jam, creamy oak, egg custard tarts, and just a whiff of smoke.
Taste. Goes from a wonderful rich double cream with fresh walnuts, into a rich apricot conserve, almond like dry smokey ending, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.
This is wonderful stuff, if you see it on offer at a supermarket, or available you owe it to yourself to buy some. Truly delicious stuff.
20th January 2013
In this price range, I prefer the Talisker 10-year, the Laphoaig Quarter Cask, Glen Garioch 12-year, or (slightly more) especially Ardbeg Uigeadail. The tasting notes from The Chaps at Master of Malt will bias you to imagine a sweeter whisky, but I find it spicier (though it does initally hit you as sweeter). You **must** experience it somehow---perhaps a shot in a bar somewhere---because it is a classic scotch, but I think there are better finds if you want a whole bottle of something.
15th January 2013
A perfect age for this single malt! You have to commend Diageo here for allowing that extra few years to mature, it really shows, and if this was bottle at 12 years it would not be of the same quality. But it is priced as a 12 year old! One of the cheapest 15 year olds you will find, and it is stunning! The nose is tropical, matly, tons of honey, apple peels, toffee, in fact the Master of Malt tasting notes are pretty much spot on, this whisky is consistent through bottlings, and at 43% offers that little extra richness that most 40% malts do not. Highly recommended at this price, a great stepping stone from 12 year olds to 17/18 year olds. If you like this try the more complex Hibiki 17 year old which is quite similar in nose, and much more complex in taste.
8th January 2013
Bought two bottles of dalwhinnie but don't drink scotch so will I i have to be a William Wallace
To delve into the taste of scotch only and very rarely drink spirits
30th December 2012
As a lover of the single malts,this is the one I always come back to as my standard to rate against.There is better and lesser but Dalwhinnie is a great measuring stick.But as I say...there are no bad scotches.Just ones thar aren't as good as others.
29th December 2012
22nd December 2012
I just got lucky in picking this one up. I was buying a friend a bottle of Macallan 18 and wanted to grab something for myself. It's easy to pay top dollar for excellence but just like in buying wines I decided to walk away from all my top dollar favorites and venture over into the under marketed 15 & 18 year section in an effort to discover a new and more practical favorite. This is it. The nose which is fruit, a hint of smoke and what I thought was Carmel but I guess is honey or custard? Just when you think it is about to bite you, it backs off and is smooth with a sugary but clean finish. It's a good one while sitting by the fire.
This is a nice whiskey especially for the price (Last one I bought was £28 in a supermarket), its just I have others I favor more such as Tomintoul 14yr or 12yr portwood finish, though this makes a good collection filler and everyday whisky.
If you drink a lot of whisky this can seem somewhat bland and boring almost.
6th December 2012
Herr Schnelli hat mich überzeugt:
Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old is the best.
1st December 2012
Fantastic nose, very pleasant lingering taste. My staple will always be Talisker but this is a very welcome break.
28th November 2012
Just bought my first bottle of the Dalwhinnie 15 and am enjoying my first dram immensely. Very smooth, and as others have said, it is very "floral." Very nice.
15th November 2012
Wasn't that impressed, read the reviews on here and thought I'd buy a bottle as it was on special offer at the super market. So far my favourites are talisker 10, singleton and laphroaig. This, in my opinion, just couldn't compete.
1st November 2012
Hunajainen tuoksu, pehmeä makumaailma. Erityisen pehmeästä viskistä pitävälle "must" ostos!
8th October 2012
Yes I like Dalwhinnie 15....very nice, and not too complicated for the beginner.I often start new Whisky drinkers off on this as it is so smooth...not my favorite, but damn close for regular drinking.Struth.
19th August 2012
Extraordinarily smooth. It does taste "soft" in the sense of not overpowering any particular dimension, but has exceptional balance and range that linger on the palette.
You have to spend a lot more money to get anything even marginally better.
Clearly a "highland" - if that is your taste, this is an exceptional example of that genre at a very very fair price.
16th August 2012
First tasted this at my first malt tasting session and preferred it to the others tried as it was the smoothest of the bunch. Having been hooked on malts since that session I have found a only a few that suit my taste buds better
1st August 2012
dam good that like, got my taste for whiskey back with this.
23rd July 2012
This is a nice creamy, honeyed dram. Always a reliable choice.
22nd June 2012
Maybe it's just me being lucky with other whiskys but I expected more from this age of malt. Don't get me wrong, it's a good dram, but I was glad that I bought a taster before deciding to buy the bottle as it's not quite for me.
I guess this is a good advert for the samples offered by Master of Malt!
10th May 2012
I adore this whiskey, I was sold on the first sip. If you like this you'll also love the Distillers Editions. Imagine you're favorite thing and then they go and alter it slightly so you can have 2 favorite things..thats the Distillers Editions! I have tried the 1992 and 1995 - both are outstanding. Enjoy!
Be patient with this one - warm it your hands in a cognac snifter and enjoy the aromas for a couple minutes to unlock the flavors and reduce the burn. After 2 or 3 slow delightful sips the burn reduces, unlocking more subtle flavors. Nothing unpleasant at all on the back end. A fine choice for the price.
13th March 2012
This is the softest whisky I have ever had. Lets get this straight by soft I do not mean this word negatively, by this I mean it is gentle and smooth.
It is not overpowering on the tongue but still complex beautiful and rounded in nose, taste and finish. I wish I had tried earlier as its a great starting point and reference point. This is one I will always keep going beck to and one I would buy anyone as a present because its not one that could cause any dissatisfaction.
26th February 2012
This is an excellnt malt. Wonderful on the palate and a smooth finish. If someone wanted me to introduce them to whisky this is one I would pick.
I really don`t know how one could fail to enjoy it
9th February 2012
Visited the distillery after having had a couple of bottles over the years. A fantastic place to visit and a wonderful whisky. Some of the flavours are a little confused mid-palate, but the warm, sharp honey finish is excellent. In my mind a perfect whisky to drink having walked in from walking on a freezing cold night sitting by a fire (or radiator).
8th February 2012
This whisky has amazing flavours for how young it is. And for the price too. For people who hate scotch i'd recommend this hands down!
4th November 2011
Dalwhinnie 15 year old is the best value malt currently on the market. If anyone says they don't like whisky they should try this.
31st October 2011
Can't say its the best I ever had, however, it is for the money pretty darn nice neat with a water back. Smooth and great sipping with a cigar.
29th September 2011
Was offered many Whiskeys' for my 65th birthday and I chose this one because it is the best I have ever drunk. A close second is brewed in Tain..say no more!
25th August 2011
After many fore's into the world of whisky, and a long and disappointing search to find a single malt that hits the spot I was finally introduced to Dalwhinnie as a 50th birthday present by a friend who obviously knows his whiskies!! Have to say that this scotch is a delight to drink, and will without doubt become my first choice. Easy to drink, smooth and uncomplicated....... perfect!!
25th July 2011
This was a disapointing one for me. It wasn't particularly bad but it was just bland and tasted branded. At fifty bucks a bottle i wish i would have tried somthing else. My most unsatisfying buy in awhile.
1st July 2011
For years I try drinking scotch, both blended and single malt and had reached the opinion that I was NOT a scotch drinker. Then came my first shot of Dalwhinnie! I now only drink scotch, although I have tried over 100 different scotches, Dalwhinnie is and will remain my first choice. There is nothing that compares to it's wonderful taste. I will admit that I try others and some very expensive single malts, but have yet to find another I like as much!
20th May 2011
I tried this 15 and found it smooth on the nose with spirit and sweetness and balanced floral like crysthymums( don't believed I typed that , but sharp, fragrant and floral it is) plus medium flavours of salt, smoke and sweet tastes of vanilla and honey. I tried tasting Laphroig 10 and Bowmore Legend after a dram of this and they seemed a bit brash and rough by comparison (different style I know, but Islay malts have maybe distracted many from other malts). This is a good dram, it includes lots of flavours in a subtle way withought being light and legless. (Re review, "manuka honey"?!.)
29th November 2010
Cannot seriousley be bettered - my last bottle just £23.00 from my local supermarket.
23rd January 2010
From the highest distillery in Scotland this malt remains a marvel. Always classy, never overpowering, with overtones of apples, pears, orange peel and honey. The slightest of smoke and a nutty finish completes the experience. Well worth a visit and just off the main road to the Highlands.
16th December 2009
Bought this a few weeks ago,I wish I`d discovered it earlier ! This is a very easy to drink whisky.A gentle sweetness on the finish and a nose with a hint of creamy toffee.The only reason I have not given it 10 is because I have many whisky drinking years in front of me and want to keep seeking "10"
7th November 2009