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Dalwhinnie 15 Year Single Malt Scotch: A Review

dalwhinnie 15 year old malt whisky 30 p 271x300 Dalwhinnie 15 Year Single Malt Scotch: A ReviewBy Matt Goldstein and Sommelier Tom Pittakas 

The Dalwhinnie 15 year single malt scotch is a subtle, yet distinct scotch from the Highland region and considered to be a “classic malt.”  Founded in 1897, Dalwhinnie also has a 20 year old, 29 year old and 36 year old single malt, but the 15 year is much more widely available for obvious reasons.  The Dalwhinnie 15 year has a light nose and tastes of floral, caramel, honey, with a touch of smoke.  There is a little biscuit, light bite, and the finish is very smooth.  First, we tasted the Dalwhinnie straight, then our bartender added two drops of water which opened the whisky up immensely.  Dalwhinnie had a beautiful yet subtle burn.  What a classic scotch!  Then, Tom insisted that we add two ice cubes.  I began to tell Tom that it was against Whiskey Goldmine rules to add ice to a single malt.  He asked why.  I replied that those were the ground rules laid down in our first scotch article by master distiller extraordinaire Eric Duncan.  Tom and I began arguing violently and almost came to blows.  “Just one cube” he insisted.  Finally, I agreed and we added a cube.  Excellent!  The cube did open the Dalwhinnie up even more.  The Dalwhinnie 15 year is a perfect scotch and can be sipped straight, with water or with 1-2 cubes.  We would not recommend using more that 2 cubes as this would destroy the complexity of the malt.  The Dalwhinnie 15 year might be our favorite single malt scotch.        

We highly recommend Dalwhinnie 15 year single malt scotch. 




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