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Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old

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Dalwhinnie 15 Bottling Note

A great malt which Jim Murray awarded 95 points in his Whisky Bible, this is excellent value for money. The flavours are simple, but flawless, a clean, crisp 15 year old from the Dalwhinnie distillery, also part of Diageo's Classic Malts range.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Reviews


For me it's a salted caramel, more caramel than salt. Smells lovely and very smooth. Love it.

16th October 2020

Can't put my finger on it.

I don't get the gentle smoke at all, but it's not what I'd class as sweet either, not unpleasant by any means, but not one or the other in my book.

29th September 2020

Best ‘Every Day’ Whisky

Dalwhinnie is simply a delight for the money.

It’s an easy drinking whisky with a pleasant honey, smooth taste that had a discreet toffee lingering. Whilst not overly complex, it is nonetheless a solid addition to any collection and something to drink ‘just’ as a whisky and not because it is a time for a special time.

For the money, I would give it 5/5 but for the taste I would give it a 3.75. My overall score is 4/5.

My only gripe is that every time I over excitedly open a bottle I cut my finger for some reason. It’s more of a note of caution, than a complaint.

19th September 2020

Simple pleasure

Honey, mild flavours but still quite interesting. Easy to drink and pretty good value. A great everyday dram.

3rd September 2020

Nice for Novice Malt Drinkers

Solid, Long mellow flavour. Very enjoyable despite not being very complex. A good gift gratefully recieved

18th August 2020

Delicate and fruitful

This is one of my favourite whisky's. It's delicate and smooth taste leaves you feeling like you've had a taste of something much more expensive and leaves a smile on your face. The sweetness feels honey smooth as it goes down. A very good dram which is everything you want and more.

11th August 2020

Look left, look right. This is not the dram you're looking for

Nothing of great significance for the nose. Which leads to a hasty kickoff on the sip front. This is where the dram starts to show promise.

Smooth, flirtations of caramel, a spark and a little bit of an evocative nod to some very well regarded drams.

However..... Fin.

There is nothing more, other than a trip to the memory Bank to try and connect this dram with something more worthwhile.

No character, no age, nothing significant other than a creamy first dance

19th July 2020

Bliss in a bottle

My favourite whisky by far, the only drawback is once it’s opened you’ll not want to close it. A beautiful dram

15th July 2020

A great buy

This 15 year old is a match for single malts that are twice the price .
Great value & a great dram

10th June 2020

Sweetness and light

This is a nice dram - there's sweetness, honey, almost a touch of sherbert, too. It's like being in an old fashioned sweet shop and being given samples to try. The finish has more than a hint of pear drops. Lovely.

2nd June 2020


So smooth

26th May 2020

Beans on Toast

Sometime the best things in life are the simplest and most un-complicated, like beans on toast or Darwhinnie 15. You simply enjoy it for what it is, which is a mellow & easy drinking scotch, with just enough flavours and notes to explore. I had'nt had a bottle for 6 months or so, but recently bought two after re-uniting with it and it never disappoints. One word of warning though, I personally don't find the 'winters gold' a patch on the 15, even if you can get it for a tenner less during your supermarket 'rollback', for some reason that expression just is'nt there.

18th May 2020

You won't be disappointed

This is amber nectar. They also do one that goes in the freezer its smooth out of all the whiskeys I've tried over the years this probably my favourite

16th May 2020

Smooth and easy to drink

What a whisky! Smooth and beautiful drops notes ➡️ fruits , Appel | honey| toffee| and vanilla which I got definitely worth getting it.

4th May 2020

Must have for every collection

What a brilliant malt, at this price! Show me another 15yo malt, with this quality, in this price range!

Fruity, confectionary, rolling malt. Considering price vs. quality, this should be in everyone's collection.


9th February 2020

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old

Just took delivery of my bottle of Amber joy. Smooth and subtle fruity notes. Cheers.

8th February 2020

Satisfaction from the first sip

Fantastic dram for a very reasonable price. My new go-to has been found, a very smooth drop and a joy to drink.

27th December 2019

Found cheaper in Supermarket

My favourite Whisky.

30th November 2019

I will definitely buy another bottle. It will stay in my collection.

From the nose I get simple fruit with a touch of dusty hay. A hit of smoke rising. The dram directly fills my palate with vanilla and a few dried floral notes. The finish lingers with a few ripe but semi-bitter pecans of all things. Like, I love it. Simple with soft complexity.

10th October 2019

I am a fan

It’s not challenging or complicated but it has five or six cracking flavours, pear, cinnamon, honey, vanilla and toffee

31st August 2019


Drank 1st time today great taste and lively down the hatch.

30th August 2019

Best of 17.

Just had a tasting of 17 whiskys. The Dalwhinnie 15 was the favourite.

24th August 2019

Wonderful nose, great taste, lingering and lovely palate.

I'm not a fan of smokey/peaty scotches but I love the smokey linger of this bottle. It marries well with the fruity aroma and lingering and lovely nutty finish. The more I drink it the more I appreciate it.

17th August 2019

Great stuff

Fantastic pour. Tons of honey, nuts, vanilla cake and icing, just a hint of smoke. Delicious.

17th June 2019

Easy Drinking

This is a rather nice dram.It is really quite full almost oily with nice sweet,nutty flavours.Very easy to drink,especially in nice weather.A great bargain for 15 years old..I think Distillers Edition is better though,with more sherry/coffee flavours shining through in that one.Very good value this one and impossible not to enjoy!😎

12th May 2019

Excellent smooth aromatic and flavoursome clean full flourish

11th May 2019

Still solid, but has it changed?

This is very simple, straight forward single malt. Aged 15 years only in ex bourbon barrels and it shows on the nose - vanilla, salt, slight hints of cinnamon, honey and fresh apple sweetness.

Taste: for the first split second you get sweet vanilla, it turns into dark heather honey with a little bit of salt. Slight floral notes in the background, maybe a tiny hint of smoke (if you really really want to look for it you will find it - other than that - you won't probably notice any smoke). Butter cookie, walnut and hints of spicy oak.

Finish: Oily mouthfeel, honey, hay, chamomile and slightly bitter tea in the end.

To be honest, I haven't had the Dalwhinnie 15 for some years and remembered it to be sweeter and much more smooth. It seems like it has changed a bit. I even did a comparison against other similar whiskies that are at my disposal (mostly 12years old) and it was the harshest of them. I experimented with water, time in the glass, etc. Maybe I got a bad bottle, maybe I need to give it even more time to rest in the bottle and "breathe" a bit, but at the moment it feels disappointing. It is still ok, but in my opinion there are smoother, more complex whiskies for less money even though most of them are younger.

7th May 2019

Why not?

Crisp & clean. Solid and smooth. Love the gentle hint of smoke. Good value. Why not?

12th April 2019

Lives up to the hype.

Caught my attention from the very first sip. Nice travel in the flavor, all the way through without any burn. Would definitely get it again.

24th March 2019

Good stuff, could do with tighter quality control.

Odd this one, reminds me of an open field, very sweet flowery and smooth.
.. well, the 200ml bottleI bought was super smooth, easily a 90/100, if not higher.
however, I got a 700ml full bottle yesterday, and that's much less smooth, with a kind of a burn to it, I'd only give that bottle an 80
Still a good whisky for the price, but I as I still have both, I can confirm that not all dalwhinnie 15 year bottles are the same, one of mine is FAR superior to the other.

8th March 2019

Liquid candy

This is by far my favourite whisky. Smooth (too smooth?) sweet and flavorful. I would rate this as Five stars if it were a bit hotter.

3rd March 2019

Pour sip smile.

Very nice easy drinking Scotch

13th January 2019


This is an easy drinking whisky, but the slight smoke in the background, and the 43% bottling prevent it from being boring. It reminds me a little of Bushmills 10 so I just poured a drop of that to compare. Bushmills 10 is more floral, tannic (like second-steeped black tea) and thinner on the palate. The Dalwhinnie has less going on on the nose, for me, is more balanced, toffeelike, richer and sweeter on the palate, oilier, and has the nice whiff of smoke. A tiny drop of water brings out saltiness and intensifies the sweetness. Strong toffee. I like both, but probably prefer the Dalwhinnie.

1st January 2019

Lots of flavor with a smooth finish

Solid Highland scotch. Smooth finish. Adding a couple drops of water (like many highlands) really opens it up.

27th December 2018

A delight to drink

This is one of my go-to smooth malt whiskies - it is so pleasant and drinkable, and a delight to drink. In my opinion far better than Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold, which I don't enjoy nearly so much.

13th December 2018

We have long been a Dalwhinnie fan and this whisky does not disappoint. It starts with the golden color and the nose with sweetness, a bit of spice and floral, the Highlands in a bottle. When you pour let it rest, add a touch of water, warm with

A tasty Highland whisky

8th December 2018

Very enjoyable

My first bottle has come to an end. Nice. Crisp. Flavorful.

15th November 2018


Good whisky and easy drinker, simple and not as complex as islay whisky for sure. I mean, a lagavulin 16yo is far better than this in my opinion.

The perfect bottle we drink when my dad and mum come around...

16th October 2018

Nothing Special, but Nothing Bad

caramel and toffee. easily the smoothest scotch ive ever had. not much complexity. not good, but certainly not bad. 3.5/5

16th October 2018


Easy palette and just a hint of peat. My go-to.

8th October 2018

Wanted to like it - not for me.

A friend of mine said he hates scotch because it “tastes like a band-aid” to him. I don’t know what he tried that caused that reaction, but sometimes Dalwhinnie tastes that way to me. I cannot taste the subtle undertones like I can with other Scotch. It IS smooth, I will give it that. I tried long sessions of savoring as a master taster might do, but I still can’t taste whats so special about it. I know others love it, So I wont 1-star it. Suffice to say, its not for me.

28th September 2018

Yum yum.

I apologise for my amateurish review but I'll say as I find.

A delicate, smooth whisky. Extremely easy and pleasant to drink.
No harsh surprises, no burning of the throat. Just a welcome warm tingle as you allow the liquid to gently slide down.
Possible note of toffee ? Who knows ? Not me !
I know little of peats, bouquets or notes. But I know what I like, and I love this.

And please, NO ICE !

26th August 2018

Beautiful malt

Excellent malt whisky with the perfect amount of peat for my taste, if you're a peat head look elsewhere but if you want a smooth malty whisky with a bit of smoke and a long sweet finish this is a GREAT value!

1st July 2018

Best Buy at this price

Medium body. Quite classic character of Highland whisky, plus smoky palate. Satisfyingly to its finish.

30th June 2018

Sweet, warm, easy

I enjoyed a bottle of this for my 30th birthday with friends. I decided to pick this bottle because I'd heard it was on the sweeter end, isn't too complex flavour-wise, and I was sure that even the non-whiskey drinkers in the group would enjoy it. I'd say it's perfect for that, but actually I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It was a medley of Grandma's most famous desserts (toffee, caramel, vanilla custard, walnut cake), followed by a brisk walk around her garden in the spring time. All together an enjoyable experience, and an excellent bottle to properly introduce whiskey drinking to your friends.

28th June 2018


I tried this and did not trust the people that says this is for the birds, too bad they were right.. Very sweet with a long strong finish reminiscent of something much much cheaper. Found it completely disappointing and have tried much better whiskey or 20 or 30 less a bottle.

25th June 2018

If your not sure about it, Buy two and thank me later.

I was turned on to this by a liquor store owner, then I switched to Bookers. But while I did drink this I was proud to share this with friends who would compliment its easily noticeable notes scents and tastes.

23rd June 2018

I really liked it!

Just cracked this one open and it did NOT disappoint!
On the nose was cereal, balsa wood and peach.
The palate was stiff with slight hints of caramel and leather, but it opened up dramatically with a few drops of water. I then got toasted almonds, an emerging sweetness, notes of fig, and a more aromatic flavor.
The finish was long, a spicy and malty finish.

3rd June 2018

Great 4 the Aussie winter

One of the best 4 the price. If you dont enjoy this . Your taste buds are gone.

31st May 2018

Outstanding 15-Year-Old Single Malt Value

Those last 3 years make all the difference in the world. This is an excellent single malt (I'm not going to use an Scotch-snob comments about notes and the like). This has got to be one of the best deals on the single-malt market. At seventy quid a bottle, it is a reasonably priced treasure. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I would reserve those ratings for the ultra class of Scotch.

10th May 2018

Very nice.

Pretty much individual preference if you talking bout whiskey. This 15yrs old is smooth and rich. And very value for money. Will buy again.

1st April 2018

My favorite

Out of 16 bottles of Scotch in my cabinet this is my favorite. Proof you don't need to break the bank to enjoy great Scotch.

24th March 2018

very poor

not good,dalmore 12 year beats this hands down

21st March 2018


Just got a bottle as a dinner present. Had mixed memories of not liking it very much and it being great.
Problem solved, i don't like it very much. It is like an alcoholic citrus juice. Harsh finish, alcohol very noticable, stings the cheeks and lips. Rather dissapointing.

13th March 2018

Islay lover approves

When you don't feel like diving again in a smoky, peaty, seaweed bliss and instead are in the mood of something fruity, honeyed, crisp and clean - don't look any further.

26th February 2018

Great, try it yourself

Love it !!

1st February 2018

It’s for the birds!

Nose: Rubbing alcohol
Palate: slight citrus with cardboard
Finish: dry, long, unpleasant

Very overrated in my opinion. It was rated so well and I had high hopes, just to be let down.
The nose was sharp and smelled like straight rubbing alcohol.
The palate was like cardboard that had been soaked in citrus juice.
The finish was by far the worst I’ve ever had, by being a long, dry and down right unpleasant one.
You’re better off not buying this bottle.
The only reason I gave it two stars is because it’s scotch and I liked the bottle.
The bottle even says the gentle spirit, that was a lie.

29th January 2018

Every cupboard should contain some

I'm primarily an Islay fan, as in Corryvreckan and Uigeadail and Laphroiag 1/4 cask, but like all things in life, balance is important, and this is just great as a juxtaposition to the bare knuckle fight that Islay brings to an evening. It's also readily available everywhere as discounted prices. OK, so I prefer something like A'Bundah as the ultimate destination from Corry via Oogie, but that's not something you can pick up in Tescos. In the meantime, this is just fine!

10th January 2018


What a wonderful highland. Warm but smooth finish. Phenomenal!

29th December 2017


Wife says reading notes above it would make a nice fruit cake

14th December 2017

Take your time tasting

The tasting notes I read were most accurate. This is a thoroughly enjoyable Highland Malt. The palate is simply sublime.

4th December 2017


Har aldrig tyckt om highlandwhisky till jag smakade den här,den är fantastiskt god!

28th November 2017

Lack of finish

Wish the finish is a bit longer, the nose and palate is wonderful.

2nd November 2017

Love it

Very smooth with a great nose and hint of smokiness!

31st October 2017

Amazing taste with great aroma 😎

1st time I’ve tried this great tasting malt, will definitely be having a few more tipples.

29th October 2017


Excellent single malt with array of great flavours

26th October 2017

Sublime drink that warms the cockles..!

My friend bought a round of drinks in a pub consisting either of brandy or single malt whisky of Dalwhinnie. I had the whisky and drank it with great reverence. This is a very refined drink where the flavour and alcohol were fused impeccably. Most of all when I drank it a warm glow spread throughout my body. I have drank the more common type of whisky's a lot in pubs, but this Dalwhinnie has opened a new gate for me in regard to single malt whisky.

18th October 2017

Excellent single malt scotch. A true bargain for the money.

I have been a single malt scotch for many years. At a recent gala which I attended, Dalwhinnie was the only single malt scotch available. It was my introduction to Dalwhinnie single malt and I was pleasantly impressed by it's delightful taste. I usually pay much more for single malt scotch whiskey.

15th October 2017

Great Highland Whisky, give it a try

great value for money, a great highland whisky. Can really get the toffee, and at the moment this is my favourite whisky. I got my bottle at as a gift, although it is a great price for the quality of the whisky. Well worth it.

30th September 2017

It’s one of life’s small pleasures that a whisky of this quality can still be bought for a relatively modest sum

From the reviews below, it seems that the Dalwhinnie 15yo inspires strong reactions in both directions.
Personally, I love it. It’s my go-to, default evening dram. I won’t pretend that my taste buds spot each and every one of the myriad flavours that the chaps at Master of Malt identify, but it’s a fascinating melange. Once I’d worked out what it was, the background (to me) is Marzipan, overlain with tinned fruit salad (Mandarin oranges?), with an occasional (but not always) lovely shot of aniseed, and, weaving softly through the flavours, a gentle, shy wreath of smoke, like a wisp of mist in the glen. I’m not a fan of heavily peated, smoky, iodinised western isles whiskies, but, in the Dalwhinnie 15yo, the occasional hint of smoke helps create something special. It’s one of life’s small pleasures that a whisky of this quality can still be bought for a relatively modest sum.

31st August 2017

Gustiamo il whisky.

Whisky delle highland meravigliosamente buono, mi immergo nell'assaggiare questo Dalwhinnie, la sensazione che lascia è di essere immerso in campo fiori, con la sua giusta dose di dolcezza....un 15 anni di ottima qualità...

24th June 2017


At the price point, it is among the best single malts around and one with genuinely unique complexity. Starts off with a hint of spice and malty character but finishes with a hint of smoke. Will no doubt be a staple in my collection.

7th June 2017

Drink it all the time


14th May 2017



7th May 2017


I prefer a teachers or an ordinary blend than this, nothing interesting about it, and nowhere peat or smoke..

1st May 2017

Heaven on the tastebuds

First taste turned me in too a true whiskey lover

19th April 2017


Yuck. The alcohol taste is overwhelming. I don't know if it's just me, but i didn't taste any of the flavors in the description. Disappointed but glad I just got a sample first.

12th April 2017

Nothing special

This one seems like a watered-down Highland Park or BenRiach to me. It's okay, there's nothing wrong with it, just nothing terribly inspiring either. I say "watered down" but maybe it's just that there's *slightly* less peat. But I think it's still more peat than a Glenfiddich or a JW or a Hakushu. I'm weird, I like either a ton of peat (Islay) or just a waft; this one was slightly more than a waft, so ick. YMMV.

16th March 2017

Great ranging flavor and a bit warm.

Let it sit in the glass for a bit if you're drinking neat. It's not the best scotch I've ever had but this is an excellent fruity scotch to enjoy. There is more alcohol than I expected on the nose but the amazing range of flavors makes up for that. It's soft to me overall and fruity and floral with a touch of honey suckle, vanilla and toffee. It has a warm finish, I wouldn't call it long however. Bottom line, this is a good scotch.

5th March 2017

Looking forward to visiting the distillery

Simply delicious! An elegant, delicate, (would you hate me if I said) feminine palate. It begins sweet and honied then politely gives way to a nutty, spicy gingered fruit that lingers just long enough to introduce a whiff of smoke and peat that languishes on the finish. It is, "the gentle spirit". Just like a lady.

12th February 2017

Not what it used to be.

I first tried this in 2009 on a trip to Scotland and loved it. I even visited the distillery after tasting it at a bar. It was smooth enough to drink straight. I hadn't had any for a few years and bought some recently. It is definitely not the same drink. It is way harsher and I can't enjoy it without a little water. Makes me wonder what changed.

9th February 2017


Simple with a clean finish. I expected something more interesting for the price. Not worth the $, but worth a taste.. once.

25th January 2017

Very Good!

Great dram. You wont be disappointed...

28th December 2016


such a nice bottle will get another 1 soon

23rd December 2016


And rich

9th December 2016

perfect !!!

white bottom!!!!!

4th December 2016

Very good!

This is a very good single malt! Well worth the money.

18th November 2016

Luuv it

It's great!

15th November 2016

First gold

Realy like the taste and it stays in your mouth for a long time.

15th November 2016

Delicious dram

Don't forget to give it time in the glass. Very flavorful. Big, juicy sherbet note in the palate.

26th October 2016

Loving It

This is one of the nice single malt I have before , value for money. In Malaysia 🇲🇾 This is selling expensive cost £50 . Envy you guys enjoying much resonalbel price.

19th October 2016


While it is very good it lacks what The Dalmore has, rich deliciousness.

8th October 2016

Surprisingly harsh

I'm surprised by many very high scores, and it being widely seen as smooth. I was instantly struck by the harsh palate and alcohol for a single malt, and unfortunately left unimpressed.

7th October 2016

Apple Pie of Scotch

If you want to get a pie for a party you get apple pie. Not cause it is really anyones favorite but because no one really hates it. Dal 15 is like that. It plays it safe. It is still scotch but takes no bold stances. Slightly peaty and virtually no smoke. But the value in this scotch is its timidness. It is a great beginners scotch. If you look at any blog or info on beginners scotch drinking this is the #1 recommended. I have one in my cabinet always for the scotch dabbler that comes over now and again.

4th October 2016

Waste of money

Don't like the style at all. Taste is terrible for scotch whisky.

17th September 2016

Rubbing alcohol

Any complexity this bottle has is lost with its rubbing alcohol finish. Not very enjoyable, spend the few extra bucks and get something worth your time.

17th August 2016


Its the sooo smooth and with a drop of water it is magnificent

9th July 2016

Dr Don of Scotch

Very smooth easy favors. Continued to please through the mild aftertaste.

20th June 2016

Hard Not to Love

Dalwhinnie 15 is just so smooth and balanced. It is sweet and soft, and great to give those who say they don't like Scotch. I'm on my third bottle. Rich with the toffee and honey influence.

16th June 2016

Didn't like it

Honey, vanilla and toffee are the flavors I liked it, but after it a gentle smoke is coming - I didn't like it at all. I think, a sweet and a smoke are two components that can not be combined. It's like drink a sweet tea with smoked salmon.

10th June 2016

Favorite peatless whiskey

Tastes great with cookies.

7th June 2016

Three Fingers

Pour three fingers in a crystal scotch glass, add three ice cubes and walk away: good stuff 🙈🙏🏿

6th June 2016

Loved it.

I tried it for the first time this month and I fell in love with a glass bottle and smooth scotch.

23rd May 2016

Yummy in my tummy.

It's good.

2nd May 2016

Delicious and good value.

Honey, vanilla and toffee are the prominent flavours for me. Very smooth and drinkable, so would be a great introduction for non-whisky drinkers. Others have mentioned smoke, but if it's there it's extremely subtle compared to Islay malts, such as Lagavulin and Laphroaig. An excellent whisky for the price.

29th April 2016


Intense flavor

25th April 2016

A true highland

This is my favorite highland whisky and I've bought several bottles . Not particularly smooth at first for a 15 year but a splash of water makes all the difference . Honey and sweet grasses followed by burning hay and a slightly salty finish. This is a classic malt of Scotland and represents its region perfectly ,this stuff is great . The sugarbear

24th March 2016

Warm and fuzzy

Delightful sipping whiskey. Silky and smooth as butter. Restrained notes of smoke and peat. Warmth spread quickly from my chest through all my fingers and toes. Bought for me as a birthday drink but will treat myself to bottle today.

11th March 2016

Great scotch

Great flavor warm finish

6th March 2016

soaked oak chips

I used the last 250ml to soak a medium toast American Oak to add to a aging a test batch of Braggot made from Golden Promise malted barley, Chilliwack thistle honey and a dry ale yeast.

22nd February 2016

Very smooth smoky finish

Perfect smoky finish. Not rough at all. Found it all too easy to drink. Will most definitely buy again very soon.

18th February 2016


Not a fan...bought this as it stated its got smoky finish of surprising intensity (and i love peat), it just wasn't there. Hints of honey, rather weird palate, quick dry finish. No clue why high scores...Poured me some Laddy instead.

17th February 2016



16th February 2016


Delicious, aromatic, a given...this is a done deal.

11th February 2016



29th January 2016


Clean and very flavorful

24th January 2016


Very smooth single malt. Honey and Vanilla hint with a light smokey finish. Delightful!

24th January 2016


This was my first Scottish single malt, and I daresay that I picked a great one. The honey and vanilla sponge flavour descriptions are spot on, and the finish is exquisite.

18th January 2016

Mr byrne liverpool

Absolutely gorgeous first time and I love it

3rd January 2016

Very interesting, Mr . . .

I'm a relative newbie to the wonderful world of single malts and this was my first taste of a Highland whisky. Had tried the Island Pete bombs so wanted a whisky that offered a 'counter' to this type.

Wasn't disappointed. It's light, fruity and, as is often said, really does taste like malted-honey! Very unlike blends and other malts I have tasted. I think this is more of an 'occasion' dram but is very exciting on the nose. Lots of butterscotch, fruit and honey for me. Not a really long finish but more crisp and refreshing. Would go very well with rich, sticky deserts or rum and raisin ice cream.

31st December 2015

Mr K

Really nice whiskey, this isn't a criticism but I didn't find it massively complex. What it does, it does very well indeed. Lovely:-)

30th December 2015



30th December 2015

Fantastic single malt

Smooth warm flavorful. The best scotch for the money. A real value.

28th December 2015


Rather pleasing to drink for a whisky , not harsh as I expected , bought the 20cl bottle as it isn't cheap , but might I say , will be buying again in the future

25th December 2015

Another solid performer

For the price range, this is another solid performer.
Nice clean crisp taste.

23rd December 2015

Nectar and Ambrosia

Irrespective of the remarkably low price, Dalwhinnie 15 is by far one of the finest single malts in Scotland. This simple, clean, albeit elegant and unpretentious Highland whisky composes an equilibrium of honey (the Master of Malt Chaps here are spot on in terms of identifying Manuka honey taste-it's dominant), cinnamon, in tandem with the buttery notes of walnuts and almonds. There is also an unobtrusive flavour of citrus (more gentle lime than overwhelming lemon). The peat and smoke are just as subtle and contribute effectively to the overall elegance of this superb dram.

15th December 2015


I enjoy this fifteen year old Dalwhinnie in the late afternoon before Dinner.

11th December 2015

Dalwinnie single malt 15 yrs

One of the very best singles I have ever tasted not too smokey just right I love it . It will be my single malt to go to from now on .

20th November 2015

Absolutely a wonderful dram

Definitely more money than my regular dram, Johnnie Walker Gold, but absolutely worth a try. Smooth, many flavour profiles which reveal themselves each and every sip. I usually stick to blends for the robust big flavours but this delivers with undeniable balance and full nose.

14th November 2015


A fine aroma brings me back to mucking about the moors

23rd October 2015

Simply whisky the way it should be

I have recently tried Dalwhinnie and very impressed .I myself am a fan of simple flavours and find this tastes like a whisky should there is nothing too complex going on just simple subtle flavours as I sip this I am alternating with jurah elixir these are world's apart jurah has far too much going on for my tastes while dalwhinnie I find is a perfect light subtle drink .
If I had never tasted whisky this is exactly how I would imagine it would taste

18th October 2015

Delicate Complexity

Delicious. I have fond memories of my last fairly recent purchase. Strictly an aperitif (it's so light) needs to have a clear palate and be in an optimal tasting/nosing environment to fully appreciate this beauty. The only thing I don't like about it, is that it can be a little bit too oaky...but there us so much to love about this whiskey! It's $59.99 where I live. Light but very full of character...endless notes. I'm a fan.

25th September 2015

Terry's trip to Scotland

Dalwhinnie has a suburb taste. I first drank this on my visit to Scotland and the distillery also visited Oban. .

21st September 2015


Just convinced.

19th September 2015


This was the first Dalwhinnie I've tried, so had no expectations. I'm a big fan of Highland Park (Hjarta, Dark Origins are favorites), so expected something along the lines of the other Highland whisky labels. Honestly, this reminds me of Bushmill's Honey whisky rather than a scotch. Really strong honey overtones, decent finish. Not a bad whisky, but for the price I feel a little ripped off...

10th August 2015

Liquid gold

Tremendous value, tremendous taste. I love the quote below: it has a lovely "feelin goin doon"!

5th August 2015

Mr Francis B Cruickshanks

An old Scotsman once said to me "Whisky, you drink it not for the taste but for the feelin goin doon" in this case he was wrong, not only has this whisky a fine taste but a lovely "feelin goin doon". Unfortunately the cost makes it only an occasional treat, but thanks for that. Oh! the ladies love it.

25th July 2015

Hard not to love this

I think whieky beginners wouln't appreciate the subtletly and quality of this. It has a wide range of natural flavours, rich honey and crisp purity, with a quiet depth. Properly made, properly aged feminine style Highland malt.

16th June 2015

Clean as a whistle

A supremely smooth and easy drinking whisky. At first I found it a little basic for my tastes but over time I've grown to appreciate Dalwhinnie's classy, understated charm. A whisky that would be equally at home in the collection of beginner and experienced drinker alike. In my opinion Murray's 95 points are fully justified.

30th May 2015

Very Good

Great scotch whiskey. Very smooth and enjoyable taste. On a six hour drive from Louisiana to Dallas, I asked my daughter whether she had any scotch for a nightcap (arrived at 10:30 pm through stormy weather). She broke out a full bottle of Dalwhinnie and I drank it on the rocks. Wonderful. We consumed 1/2 the bottle with some cheeses as a snack while we talked. Woke next morning with narry a hangover and feeling great.

12th May 2015

Fine malt

Great whisky for beginners, very easy to drink and quite light and smooth. Some might argue that it's too light and simple for experienced malt drinkers but I disagree, especially the nose has an interesting complexity to it and the smooth long finish is very enjoyable.

3rd May 2015

My favorite

It took me just about 40 years of being married to a Scot to acquire a taste for Scotch. It wasn't until we bought this for our daughter's wedding that I finally decided I did like scotch.

6th April 2015

Great Dram

Great value 15 year - favorite

3rd April 2015

love it

smooth and light .... love the taste of toffee

15th March 2015

Not for the Meatheads

If you prefer sledgehammer, fire & brimstone Islay's, this is not for you. If your tastes run to more subtlety and especially to the more sweet end of single malt, welcome to one of the finest. For those with a great deal of experience and a more refined palate, slowly picking out the various notes and nuances is one of it's many charms.

25th February 2015


It's a basic young Highland malt. Nothing special, but easy to drink.

25th January 2015

Weak Sauce

Tastes like a blend. Thin. Reedy. One of those lowlands you just don't taste. This doesn't even have the citrus BOOM HEADSHOT of an Auchentoshan and its 15?! Avoid. Try a Bruichladdich or a Singleton 12 instead.

22nd January 2015


light but complex nose, silky smooth on the palate and an extremely well balanced finale. For this price : THE BEST !!!

15th January 2015

Tuesday night whisky

Uncomplicated, easy drinking. This is a whisky for Tuesday nights.

13th January 2015

This Gold is a Joke.

After Xmas New Year Balvenie the contrast is tough. So overrated indeed.
I first time tasted Famous grouse & my stomach felt fine.
Dalwhinnie gives me burns.

10th January 2015


Nice, pretty whisky without excessive splendor. Luscious honey with heather, a hint of apple and a bit smoky in nose. Malt with fresh grass in first taste, fruity , clean peat and spice appear after that, palpable almond taste as finish. Nice and smooth finishing. Glad to meet it at such a tranquil night. Can't wait to try it again weeks later!

17th December 2014

12 yr malt

Love love love it

13th December 2014


we must take the long view of any scotch. ever notice how when you first taste a new brand, it may not taste the same several days later? the palate environment changes day to day, so the true test is the test of time. also, each batch varies slightly (let's be honest). dalwhinnie is a great scotch because it has passed the test that matters! also, if you can discern 18 different flavors in a drink, my hat's off to ya!

12th December 2014

Great and smooth

I will buy this one again. Best smooth single malt!!

12th December 2014

Perfect for entry level, but good for all.

Perfect for those wanting to try a single malt. Neat - beautiful apricot and light smokiness smooth flavor. Adding water takes too much away from the flavor on this one. I like to vary what I keep in my cabinet, and this is one I will keep for myself and also to serve to guest from now on.

6th December 2014

Apples and Smoke

I don't get all the flavours in any of the scotches but when lucky I can get some of what they describe in professional tasting notes. I get the apples here in nose and palate and has a little smoke which I like. A lot of smoke is not my taste but this whisky is very nice, one I'd be heppy to serve to anyone.

14th November 2014

Best in front of a log fire

A Malt of two halves? I bought in on offer in Tesco ( £10 off) for a wee treat after spending a few days working on slate roof. In front of a roaring log fire there were strong hints of apples and cinnamon almost like a mulled cider. I was mightily impressed with my bargain find. the absence of a fire it taste rather run of the mill, not a bad whiskey just not as special as I first thought. But never mind I'll just keep it for those nights in front of the fire.

28th October 2014

Symptomatic relief

Hit by a terrible bug, I staggered into Tesco's for some cheap generic Ibuprofin. Weak and sweaty I wandered around, before drifting, spaced out to the booze aisles, where beer and wine held no attraction but for the first time in an age I decided upon whiskey which, despite having become too heavy for me to stomach, brought a fantasy of warmth and comfort to mind. A small bottle of Dalwhinnie 15 caught my eye and was purchased with little pocket indentation for a single matured malt. It was a winner-surprisingly light, mellow and smooth- I drank it straight over ice over two evenings appreciating its lifting of the spirit and warming of the soul.

9th October 2014

Not sure what the fuss is about...

Overrated in my opinion. Ok in the mouth but the finish fails me completely. For the same money I can get an entry level Macallan or a Singleton, both far superior.

29th September 2014

I am missing it.

A lovely taste of scotch. Not daily but a whisky to let go over your tongue and really enjoy on a quiet evening. It used to be a must in my drinks cabinet for many years. I haven't bought a bottle for three years which I think I should make good.

7th September 2014

A little bland and disappointing

Bought this on the strength of reviews and it's appearance in Ian Buxton's "101 Whiskies...Before You Die". Pleasant enough on the nose, inoffensive but rather bland taste and a weak finish. But it is rather at the inexpensive end of the scale so I'm not complaining - just won't make it my "go to" scotch of choice. Perfectly pleasant and undemanding - like a Radio 4 afternoon drama.

27th August 2014

great for me

Working in a maltings i am developing a taste for whiskey, the dalwhinnie 15 is so far the simplest single malt i have had in my limited experience, however simple is not bad, as a beginner its simplistically is a good way for me to test my nose and palate and so i am really enjoying the experience. Fruity and slighty Smokey nose. Malty, honey, almond and spicey on the palate

25th August 2014

Clean and Pleasing

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

The Emporer's new dram

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

very nice and flawless

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...

29th June 2014

Dalwhinnie 15 year Whiskey

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.

27th May 2014

A classic!

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

Best I have tried

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

The definition of a highland single malt

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

Really not worth the price

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

awful stuff

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

scotch snob

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

Far Better Than Expected

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

First time is the best time . . .

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

This is why its great.....

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.

1st February 2014

Converted - Edit. (sp) :-)

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

Light, sweet and easy to drink

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.

30th January 2014

1st time

Christmas pressure fro daughter, loved it best I've had

12th January 2014



4th January 2014

A personal favorite

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

Best on the planet

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

best sctoch ever

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

dalwhinnie 15 year old

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

Very subtle

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

solid malt

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

this is one of the necter moments

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

I cant find anything better

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

How am I gonna finish this?

Ok, maybe not just like Jameson, but definitely tastes Irish.

23rd September 2013

How am I gonna finish this?

Tastes like Jameson. I guess I could leave it at a friends house... or mix it with ginger ale. Not worth the price.

23rd September 2013

non sa di un cazzo

un whisky non-whisky, senza personalità.

18th September 2013

non sa di un cazzo

un whisky non-whisky, senza personalità.

18th September 2013

One of my farourites

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

Best malt I've ever tasted.

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.
Just brilliant.
Want to like whisky, try this then embark on your journey, but don't forget your roots.

7th August 2013

Excellent initiation to whiskey

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

Великий виски. Евгений из Украины.

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

hits all the buttons

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

George - Dalwhinnie 15

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

Not that light!

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

Top notch stuff

Very good stuff...Recommended

1st April 2013

Lovely, light and smooth

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

oh yes

A very smooth and delicate one.. one of my favorites

25th March 2013

So far the best

Soft on the tongue, but sofisticated on taste...

19th March 2013

The best choice for me

Spectacular as Whisky and so smooth and fine that I don't need any Cognac or Brandy!

19th March 2013

Gentle giant

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

Pleasant Find

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

So far this is the winner

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

Aye...My Favorite

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

A classic---but I prefer others

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
Alfie t

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

Rating for previous commentary


22nd December 2012

I found it: The sweet spot of quality for the price

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.

22nd December 2012

John Eva

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

Wolf of Kinlochbervie

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

Pehmeä herkku

Hunajainen tuoksu, pehmeä makumaailma. Erityisen pehmeästä viskistä pitävälle "must" ostos!

8th October 2012

The smoothy

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

Spectacular Value for the money

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

One of the first malts I tasted

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

The one for me

dam good that like, got my taste for whiskey back with this.

23rd July 2012

Very good

This is a nice creamy, honeyed dram. Always a reliable choice.

22nd June 2012

I expected more

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

And it's got sisters too!

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!

10th May 2012

Very nice for the price

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

How can anyone not like this?

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

A favourite

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

Beautiful Highlander

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

My all time favourite

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

Great gift as I was pleased

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

My new favourite

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

My First Choice, Dalwhinnie 15 is my standard

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

v Iislay malts

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

The Best There Is @ This Price

Cannot seriousley be bettered - my last bottle just £23.00 from my local supermarket.

23rd January 2010

A Taste of the Highlands

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

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