A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt whisky from One of the highest distilleries in Scotland, Dalwhinnie. This is the latest of four limited distillery releases Just 5,358 bottles available world-wide. This is a lovely, unusually full-bodied and plump Dalwhinnie with abundant distillery character and unusual spiciness. Drier than you.d expect, it is rich, clean and precisely structured with elegant cocoa and fruit notes; a splendidly constructed and balanced malt at ease with its age.
Appearance: Light, golden amber. Good beading.
Nose: Opens cautious and soft, with waxy honeycomb offset by fresh, gently tart
fruit notes, but soon reveals an aromatic complexity beyond its age. Sweet woodshavings.
The trademark Dalwhinnie honeycomb is the keynote, with heather and
natural moorland scents, then traces of cream soda. Later, a nutty dryness coats
rich, textured Italian chocolate ice-cream. Water raises warm candlewax; the
effect is of a gentle waft of sugared patisserie-fresh glazed fruit pastries, with topnotes
of honeysuckle, and the nose-feel is now more peppery.
Palate: Best straight, when it is smooth, sweet, distinctly waxy and initially
cooling (again, honeycomb), with a rich marriage of oily malt and light, drying
winey notes. Later, elegant vanilla-laced tannins give balancing hints of spice.
With water (just a drop) the texture remains smooth and teeth-coating.; the
sweetness is still apparent. Finally dry and herbal (grassy freshness) with a hint
of cleansing resin.
Finish: Rounded and medium to long. Warming, with a distinct rich, oaky
spiciness in the aftertaste. With water, softer, shorter and less obviously spicy,
the resin now transformed into late clove.