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.
One of the closest aromas to walking into a Jerez bodega you could hope to experience. Heavy duty fresh sherry masks the maltier, more honeyed aspects of Dalwhinnie. The peat is still there and so, is the heather. It is rather spicy but distinctly grapey. This version of Dalwhinnie is Light to Medium in weight on the mouthfeel. On the palate a big, spicy buzz is followed by an impressive build-up of very clear, well defined Scotch. After a quick burst of sweetness, a rich, grape effect moves in towards the middle. The perfect dram for those in search of a dry malt that also has a rich sweetness and a long honeyed flavour on the finish.
Dalwhinnie Distiller's Edition is finished in casks that previously held oloroso sherry, so we recommend you sip it neat. Dalwhinnie's heather-honeyed charms find new depths when paired with crème brûlée or bread and butter pudding.