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Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold

(70cl, 43%)

Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold

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Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold Bottling Note

Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold is a 2015 addition to the Highland distillery's range inspired by the chilly climate up in the remote part of Scotland where their single malt Scotch whisky is distilled - as the label remarks, it was "Crafted by the Cold". It's made only with spirit that has been distilled between October and March, and interestingly enough, they suggest that you try serving this expression frozen!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Oak spice, pear skins, golden syrup and gristy malt. A touch of peach polish and chewy, sticky toffee. From the freezer it's fruitier, more green apple, apple sauce, toffee apple, sultana, even redcurrant.

Palate: Very honeyed with warming peppery spices, Big Red cinnamon. From the freezer the honey is kept in check much more, as are the spices. Plenty of apple flesh and orange peel.

Finish: Allspice, nutmeg and smoky malt. From the freezer the finish is more about the spicy cinnamon and peppercorn heat that's found on the palate at room temperature.

Overall: An assertive, spicy, honeyed Dalwhinnie with enough sweetness and character to be served straight from the freezer (as intended).

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Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold Reviews

Very Enjoyable

Lovely bottle this. Picked this up for £25 on-offer. Doesn't taste that young considering it's an NAS.

Very sweet, lots of honey/caramel up front blending into winter spices before rounding off with a peppery, woody finish.

18th November 2020

Regular15 y.o. is FAR better.

Very very poor release, 2 out of 10, and I'm being generous here.

I mean, this is NOT a bad whisky. Not at all. But it is a VERY, no, EXTREMELY BAD Dalwhinnie, just like Storm, Dark Storm, Skye are for Talisker. Do yourself a wee favour and stick to the standard 15 y.o.

27th September 2020

try it, won't dissapointed you in it's price range

many of you compare to 15yo whilst this one is completely different story, it's good whisky for a price, 15yo never been my favorite anyway and never had as good offers as winter's gold. good one for whisky lovers, when need more drama buy something over £40 from Islay. Fair priced when offered in superstores. Not sure what's age is winter's gold, found some assumptions 9-11, Dalwhinnie is a nice distillery definitely worth to visit. Sometimes it's a day with no taste /to any whisky/ so try another time when something is not going well

24th September 2020

Back to the lab with this whiskey

Nose: Alcohol toffee. Its youth screams.

Palate: Sharp sourness battle to distract you from a contra equally unpleasant toffee.

After: Alcohol fumes linger. If the whiskey started and ended with this, you would be forgiven for saying you were drinking hooch.

5th July 2020

good on your distillery

i was just given a bottle for my 80th birthday being a scotch lover it was one of the best whiskeys i have tried congratulations to you on your product

27th June 2020

A Superstar!

Having read many of your reviews, it would appear that Jim Murray, of The World's Leading Whisky Guide, does not know good Whisky! I would suggest it is they who fall into this category! I prefer to follow Jim Murray and I hope you make up your own mind. The Master of Malt surely wouldn't quote Jim without reason and I agree this is worth 95, a superstar!

14th June 2020

Very much enjoyed!

Excellent taste, very smooth i thought. We finished it the same night!

8th May 2020


Disappointing to say the least leaves a Bells after taste and if I wanted that I’d save myself some money thought it would at least be a mid range malt way way off the mark sorry suppose you pay for what you get

10th April 2020


Burns night.. but not in a good way. One of the few drams that actually burn my throat. Wanted to like it but couldn't. Glad I only paid £25 on offer. Best avoided and put the money toward some king Alexander 111

7th February 2020

Best price/value

I keep buying it over and over.

17th January 2020

Nothing much to say about this.

I’ll drink it but it’s not really worthy of the Dalwhinnie name. Not a patch on the 15yo. Struggled to find any depth Of flavour and no finish to speak of. Still to find a decent NAS malt.

20th December 2019

wreck the house juice!

got me pished really quick!

20th December 2019

Not bad for £25

Not bad for £25.00, thought it was easier to drink when cold but did t really make a huge different. Good all round whiskey

21st November 2019

Surprisingly good drop

Surprised at the lack of love for this around here.

I think this is one of the better NAS whiskies and a decent all-rounder with a hint of complexity.

No I wouldn’t pay full price but it’s often discounted and tbh it’s no 2 behind the Highland Park 12yo as a “day-to-day” hip-flask dog-walking tipple for me.

31st August 2019

Drinkable and we’ll priced

I like the spice and cold. Doesn’t linger on palate and would suit those new to whisky. The fruitiness is pleasant.

26th March 2019


It's ok. Not as good as the 15yo, which I like a great deal.

Glad I only paid £25 for it.

3rd March 2019

Yet Another Non Age Statement Fail

The 15 is streets ahead in quality and currently costs less on this site! Funny how we're repeatedly told that age doesn't matter when this allows companies to produce poor quality (probably 3 to 5 year old) whiskies at inflated prices just by giving it a romantic name and some marketing spin. Look to history my friends; search for the Pattison crash....

7th February 2019

Buy the excellent 15 year instead

Neither as good or as bad as some of the reviews. Disappointing if you like the excellent Dalwhinnie 15 which is one of my favourite summer Drams. Just doesn't seem well balanced and has a bitter aftertaste. I'm going to try adding 25 percent Laphroaig QC or Ardbeg 10 and see how it fares.

2nd January 2019

Do Not Freeze

This was a drinkable whisky. Then I thought I'd just give it a go and freeze it as Dalwhinnie recommended. Worst whisky ever when frozen. The 15 Year Old is great, this is worth avoiding.

25th December 2018

Not so good

Diageo are so out of touch with today's whiskey drinkers if they think that chilling a single malt, adding dye (E150a), and chill-filtering are the ways to go. It is no wonder that Winter's Gold is highly discounted at many retailers along with the plethora of their other no ag statement sub-standard malts. Come on Diageo you can do much better than this!

18th November 2018

Dream of mediocre slosh anyone?

Thought I’d give it a go, wish I hadn’t. £25 deal at Tesco so not too bad but if I’d paid full price I’d be fuming. Got a nice peppery tickle at first but then the weird taste kicked in....I can’t describe it but it’s not pleasant. This gives way to a decent marzipan and cinnamon taste that unfortunately doesn’t last long. Not impressed with NAS whiskies. Only decent one I’ve tried so far is Cardhu which is far superior to this one. Plenty of other better deals at the shops than this.

11th November 2018

Confused spices. Christmas on hold.

A totally confusing dram at the beginning. Out the bottle the mouthfeel is bland and the balance of elements is confusingly muddled. However a little time in glass and it opens up more. Spices, Pepper and Cinnamon. A pleasant Alcohol burn at 43% ABV. Creamy mouthfeel and a warmness needed on a winters eve. The length disperses too quickly though and no Christmas Pudding or candied fruits. Difficult to understand what it’s trying to do. OK as the Whisky base for cocktails but an expensive one.

27th October 2018

It is what it is.

It is what is is. Cheap. So don't expect anything. Spend more and you get more. This whisky is appreciated by non connoisseurs. And tried by persons who want to buy quality by persons who should know better. ! With kind regards Albert from the Netherlands. By the way buy at this site the best you can afford. ! You only live once. ;-)

16th August 2018


What were Dalwhinnie thinking? This isn't whisky, it's a cynical attempt at duping and cashing in on the clueless.. Shameful.

18th June 2018


Delicious! Smooth, flavourful, what I would expect from Dalwhinnie--just colder.

13th May 2018

Love this whisky

My word ! That is a seriously nice whisky, smooth, wonderful !

14th April 2018

Probably under 8 year old for the price of their 15 year old. Your choice.

I find it hard to believe that this is the same price (a little more actually) as the Dalwhinnie 15 year old. Winter Gold has no age statement. Heaps of colouring. I can see why they want you to put it in the freezer... so you can't taste it.
Spend less and buy the 15 year old ... far superior.

24th February 2018

For the perfect blend

I'm not so crazy about this one. Prefer the 15 y. old Dalwhinnie. But...........with this one I make the best blend one cannot buy: 3/4 Wintersgold, 1/4 Laphroaig Quarter cask and a few drops of Mandarin Napoleon ( depends how sweet you like it). Put it in the freezer and enjoy!

22nd January 2018

Better than you'd expect

Nit sure about the reviewer who poured it down the sink along with his tamnavulin, but it's way better than that. I finf myself agreeing with only around a third of Jim Murray's tastings, bit on this case I think he's got this spot on. The standard 15 is a classic, even if there is some E150 in it; let your taste buds decide not what's written on the bottle. You can throw your glenlivet founders reserve down the toilet in the meantime!

20th January 2018



19th January 2018

For people who love great whisky

Its from Diageo. No age statement. Lovely sweet aroma - tastes like an expensive candy, or a mixed fruit salad coated in honey. The best way to serve it is directly from the freezer - the liquid takes around 24 hours to ever so slightly thicken - just enough to notice it. As the whisky warms up to room temperature, the aromas are released and it's such a great experience.

I will be buying more from Dalwhinnie thanks to this masterpiece they have put out.

19th January 2018

Pleasant and drinkable

I usual go for the aged single malts but got this as a surprise for Christmas. I'm not one for the peaty flavours, I like the clean smooth ones but this gives a balance between the 2 which I have very much enjoyed. I was 3/4 of the bottle through before I saw the 'freezing' recommendations and still decided against it.

There is an initial spice on the palate and then it smooths out with a smoked finish in my opinion. It is a pleasant easy dram to drink and my first experience with Dalwhinnie. I will try it again and maybe freeze even though it goes against my personal thoughts, but look forward to exploring the aged versions of the brand.

4th January 2018

For people who have no clue about good whisky..

It's from Diageo so it sadly contained bags of E150a colouring and it's definitely chill filtered. There is no Age Statement which is always disappointing, it's not a whisky i'd ever buy.

It's unpleasantly sweet, artificially sweet like cheap candy or mixed fruit squash with aspartame.. yuck. The only way to make it palatable is to drown it with water.. Something I would never to a good malt whisky.

I've only discarded one bottle of whisky is my life, a NAS Tamnavulin, this abomination might follow it.

I'll keep my distance from Dalwhinnie for the time being, the Distillery is not producing whisky anywhere near the quality of say 7yrs ago.

28th December 2017


Perfect for every one occasion at any time simply perfect flavor and balance long lasting flavor

22nd December 2017

Very nice.

A very pleasant and comforting scotch.

9th December 2017

Nothing on the 15 yr

Thin in flavour, with tonnes of added colouring. Nothing on the 15 yr. Often in the sale however so you can get good value for money.

8th December 2017


Let a small cube of iced mineral water melt into it then the true nature of this whiskey is realised!
The additional 3% allows for the small amount of mineral water. Try it both ways see what you think

24th November 2017

Like a hill walk

It's much like the highlands in the winter. At first taste it seems unforgiving, almost rough. Softened by a drop of water and a bit of persistence it soon gives up it's secrets. Like a land that doesn't want to be seen it is spectacular if you give it time. The flavours of harshness give way to untold beauty. The foremost maltiness gives into a sweet flavour that coats the tongue and reminds you of hill walks in the cold. As far as a whisky goes, it's one you need to give yourself to rather than wait for it to give to you. Like the hills that surround the distillery, put the effort in and they shall reward you.

5th November 2017

Best drop yet

I loved it. Drank in Vanuatu - warm climate but was divine

15th September 2017

As above

It is the bollocks

9th September 2017

Memorable and very moreish

My new favourite dram. I'm no fan of the medicinal tasting singles. This is as good as it gets for my palette.

8th August 2017


Got a bottle for fathers day it is a well balanced and smooth and satisfying especially when chilled just love this one

4th July 2017

Nice but a bit over sweet

It's pleasant, no doubt about it. However I find it the opposite of most malts in that it becomes less interesting with each successive glass. I think it's the almost cough syrup like sweet thickness that smothers any complexity. A nice warmer, not a thoughtful sipper.

24th March 2017

A bit stronger than most.

Forget the whole freezer thing, this expression is very doable at good old room temperature, just as most single malt scotch whiskies. At 43% ABV and a good burn on the tongue, this is not a whisky for the faint hearted. Not much is given away on the bottle or the cartoon but I would guess that this whisky is matured in American Oak and not operated, even though you get some smoke coming through. Probably a good whisky for those cold winter nights, but I think it is a whisky for anytime of the year. Definitely for those whisky drinkers that like a bit more 'bite'.

6th March 2017


Yes nice wisky

4th February 2017

True nectar

I was given more than a taste at a recent burns night do. Best whiskey I have ever tasted true nectar

30th January 2017

Definitely buy

Excellent taste

30th January 2017

Perfect with a dash of h2o

Dalwhinnie is a heartwarming end to a cold winters day working outside

18th January 2017

Excellent taste

I had a bottle of "Winters Gold " for Christmas . This evening , just trying the first glass , absolutely divine !!
Well done , and thank you .

15th January 2017

Just awesome , another one please

Damm , read the reveiws abour this and it intrigued me, so bottle came to me with my father in law from england . Put it in freezer and tonight it came out (24hrs) bottle beautiffuly frosted poured over one cube, mmmm beautiful. Honeyyed and peppery, as it warmed it flavoured even more!!

15th January 2017

Freezing works!

I have frequently put grappa in the freezer - and good vodkas, and good Spanish manzana verde. I have never done that to any Scotch. All the other reviews to the contrary notwithstanding, it works beautifully with this Dalwhinnie. It becomes syrupy, and it has a distinct taste of caramel, along with well-balanced peat. The idea that it would freeze solid is hard to believe. This whiskey - like most sold in the U.S. - is 86 proof. We've had it in our freezer at well below freezing for two weeks. It doesn't come close to freezing sold - unless you have your freezer set at something like -20 F.

11th January 2017

Highly recommended

Xmas present whisky. Very easy drinking malt, enjoyed it very much and will definitely have it again.

10th January 2017

Christmas present Dalwhinnie Gold

I received a bottle of this for Christmas and although I thought the 'put in the freezer' advice was a bit gimmicky so I ignored it, I enjoyed the whisky. I thought it was a lovely Christmas drink, a bit sweet and spicy with a warm finish. Asda was selling this for 25. GBP over Christmas.

1st January 2017


Absolutely loved it particularly the hint of spices, plenty of flavour and a robust taste.

18th December 2016

Do NOT freeze!

I bought this as a new and interesting whiskey for my husbands birthday. Following advice I hid it in the freezer and then set up a 'treasure hunt' for it. Me and the children thought this was an act of genius!
When he found it, it was solid frozen and the whiskey had leaked out, leaving him and the children smelling like alcoholics.
Could be that I put it in the chest freezer but the freezing instructions should be more explicit if this is the case.
Disappointed that he can't even taste it

11th December 2016

Tipple of choice in Krasnoyarsk

A different version of the 15, with perhaps a shade less complexity, but with an added coastal note. Rock hard sugar from the barley too. Here's the thing; DON'T FREEZE IT. What an insane notion...almost as silly as whisky rocks. When did anything exude more flavour when frozen?!?! It makes it bitter and astringent with virtually no finish. It loses all structure. Secondly, are we really meant to believe that the barley being grown in winter means it tastes better at sub zero temp?! Its a gimmick. Drink neat and at room temp...unless you live in Krasnoyarsk; then you should warm it.

26th November 2016

john Greene

Absolutely superb from my favourite crystal glass,real hints of Christmas with a gentle warm finish.just love it.

25th November 2016

Mr C Wilson

On my 3rd bottle ( over a period of time of course) and still superb- just straight out of the bottle.. Not a mega whisky drinker but I've tried several & this possibly by far, the best. Great taste and so smooth. A little expensive so waiting for the next offer !

20th November 2016

Freezing Dalwhinnie Winters Gold doesn’t work!

I have previously drunk two bottles of Dalwhinnie Winters Gold at room temperature, which for me is the only way to savour any whiskey (and with no water or ice bruising) and it was really nice at room temperature. Contrary to the brewer’s advice, it is definitely not for putting in the freezer!
I have tried two bottles now in the freezer and it thickened each one like syrup and basically knackered the whiskey altogether. (My freezer is a new, an expensive model, and is running at optimum level).
I prefer the Dalwhinnie 15YO much better at room temperature and have never seen the 97/98 for sale in the shops. I would very much like to try it though!
Bye the way ASDA currently has ‘Winters Gold’ for £25. DO NOT FREEZE IT.
Conclusion... Freezing Dalwhinnie Winters Gold doesn’t work!

7th October 2016


Smooth, honey, crisp clear tone. Elegant crispness.

21st September 2016

of Dalwhinnie Winter's Gold

Absolutely lovely rounded flavour

2nd September 2016

Perfect to give you a Happy Elated Mood

After a very long time tasted a malt that can transform your mood.. this malt is straight out of "Niagara Wine Region" ! Savour it "frozen" and it will remind you of "ICE WINE" ! For the price of Ice Wine 200ml get 700ml ! Every drop worth its price !

2nd September 2016


Didn't want my mate dave thinking I got him a shit birthday present

5th June 2016

How to rate your friends.

I found this little gem in my freezer after a long hard night at work.
My buddy left it as a parting present after a weekend of his company mentioning only look in your freezer bottom drawer.
Oh my golly gosh what a find, and what an absolute revelation to my palate, clean and crisp with subtle undertones that improve with every sip.
Get it cold enough and it becomes syrupy in viscosity and the pepperyness rushes around your pallet deliciously.
I can't quite give it ☆☆☆☆☆ but it's very very close to it. (4.99999').

2nd June 2016

mmmmmhhhhh ! !

Who's a happy boy then ? found this. at £26 pounds at waitrose and I must say not expecting too much I followed the advice on the box to try it from the freezer, yes do it and I'll try this with my 18yr Aberlour later. Bright and lively and a lot of flavour's , a taste of pepper at the back of the throat, a glide of honey as it goes down and a smile as this is now one to watch for in the future. I would gladly pay the full price next time I find it. . Love it.

1st June 2016

Dalwhinnie 2/2

I really liked this - very big, bold and tasty. I think I'd go the Dalwhinnie 15 ahead of this but both were good. A mate is visiting the distillery, next week. I envy him that! He'll probably read this. Hello, Stew.

31st May 2016

Taste like...

A blend to me. Somewhere between JW Green and Gold(which are great blends on their own). Not bad, plenty of spice and sweetness in the dram, pepper on the nose. Just not anything to write home about.

26th May 2016


Fantastic single malt, makes you feel so proud to be Scottish, brewed to a taste that all whiskey is a true art of Scotland heritage

21st May 2016


More like a sipping rum than a whiskey, quite strong acrid on the nose like paint thinner with butterscotch. Palate is chilly flakes black peppercorn & burn. Honeyed finish with smoke fire & more black peppercorns. Adding water dilutes the burn & lets the honey shin through a bit more but makes everything else disrepair. Wont buy again.
Hmmm? I wonder if its a rule of thumb to stay away form not age stated single malts?
Hope the 15 yr is better than this when I try it, the reviews state it is.

4th May 2016

Ron the Prawn

A gift from our daughter. A bit sweeter than our usual choice of Malt but nevertheless a beautiful dram out of the freezer. May try freezing other malts now.

25th April 2016

Pleasant enough

Only paid £25 for it so was not expecting the earth. Does not stand up to it's big brother the 15 year old but is pleasant enough. Did not get the sweetness apparent in some of the earlier reviews though, quite sharp in fact!!

21st April 2016

Oh so sweet!

Maybe their advice to serve it chilled, might remove some of the highly sweet taste. If you have a sweet tooth and love honey then this could be for you. There is very little complexity here and a most disappointing finish. It's only worth £25, which is what I paid at Costco. Nothing bad about it, but nowhere near as good as the classic 15 year old.

17th April 2016

Gold Standard

Having been a real fan of the 15 y.o Dalwhinnie for many years, I initially resisted this bottling simply on the basis it appears to have been put through the marketing spin cycle. This is presumably to attract more sales to 'millenials' who may be drawn in to the idea of shoving a bottle into the freezer along with their trendy, branded vodka. However, having picked up a bottle at a more reasonable, discounted price of £24 I am very pleasantly surprised at how well balanced this is whisky is. The blend of (what I assume to be) more youthful casks to the more aged casks adds a fresher dimension and a real injection of pressed apples to the taste and a sweet Calvados.

3rd April 2016

Good quality everyday whisky

Smooth with a slightly smoky edge, decent lingering finish. Compared to my usual 12 yo highland this is a touch more complex, but also a bit too sweet to become the new standard drop

23rd March 2016

wisci ardderchog

A special taste ideal for those special occasions or just as a pick me up after a busy day. Cleverly marketed to fully exploit its unique position in the ScottishHighlands

22nd March 2016

Sasenach McSorley

A subtle honeyed delight. Impossible to freeze the flavour out of this good whisky. Thus bottle won't last long!

McSorley of Buckinghamshire

26th February 2016

Winter Gold Dalwhinnie

Nothing to write home about not worthy of the name.

15th February 2016


Very well

11th February 2016

COARSE- give me Highland Park anytime

Not as described and certainly not smooth -I've drank better Grouse -certainly not worth c£39-just glad I only paid £23 at Costco -it will be a Balvenie or HP for me next.

31st January 2016

Very poor substitute for 15 year old Dalwhinnie

Big fan of 15 year old Dalwhinnie -my favourite single malt. Over Xmas there's a dearth in Keighley area, but "Winters Gold" showed up in Morrisons at same price, £35. Over-the-top smoke essence and a sharpness on the tongue seems vastly overpriced, cashing in on the Dalwhinnie name. Very disappointed. I note Morrisons have sonce dropped the price by £10 -no surprise. I've tasted better grain blends from the likes oc Bells.

29th December 2015


Green apple, cinnamon spice, a touch of peat, and lingering honey. Great tasting gin. Even my mum, who normally hates whisky, enjoyed it!

Final Note: I am doing the 2015 advent calendar. As a result, I get one drink at it to decide if I like it enough to buy more. Sometimes I need to drink something three or four times to make up my mind. Thus, my rating is based on a one-time drink experience.

24th December 2015


Very light and subtle but has a nice bit of fire on the palate too. Again got the £25 deal so too good to pass up! May try freezing but not sure it's necessary. 3/5 is not cos it's average but cos 5/5 should be reserved for the very finest!

19th December 2015


There's nothing offensive about this whisky, but then there's nothing much to it at all. Imagine a brilliant Dalwhinnie with all of the richness and complexity sucked out of it.

18th December 2015


Picked up a bottle for £25 which always makes a good dram taste even better.

12th December 2015

Dalwhinnie Winter Gold

Another winner from Dalwhinnie

7th December 2015

Very good

I will definitely be buying more of this. Slightly sweet, apple tones. Great flavour

6th December 2015

sweet with lots of flavour

lovely stuff, very sweet and fruity. very long finnish . quality stuff.

17th November 2015

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