Dalwhinnie Distillery stands in the Cairngorm National Park at the heart of the Scottish Highlands in the village of Dalwhinnie. From this remote but accessible location comes a liquid known as the gentle spirit. Built in 1897 and currently the highest distillery in the country, Dalwhinnie – or “Plain of Meetings” in Gaelic – is named for its location at a junction of old drove roads, between two mountain ranges. Year after year it survives the coldest of conditions to produce smooth, golden heather honey-like spirit.
Dalwhinne 15 Year Old is gold in colour. It has a big, crisp, dry and very aromatic nose with hints of heather and peat. It is smooth, with a light to medium body. The flavours are smooth, soft and lasting on the palate of heather-honey sweetness and vanilla followed by deeper citrus-fruit flavours and hints of malted bread. There is a long, lingering, surprisingly intense finish to this whisky that starts sweetly, then gives way to smoke, peat and malt.
The clean, heather flavours of Dalwhinnie's 15 Year Old call for a neat serve, and perhaps a little still spring water. Dalwhinnie's heather-honeyed charms find new depths when paried with crème brûlée or bread and butter pudding.