In a nutshell: A small 20cl bottle of a smooth, aromatic Highland Single malt with a hint of heather and delightful honeyed sweetness.
The lowdown: For a fifteen year old malt this is great value for money and one highly regarded by the Whisky Bible's Jim Murray. It's gentle, smooth and refreshingly subtle with flavours of creamy vanilla, heather and manuka honey with just a hint of Highland smoke beofre the long malty and nutty finish.
A single malt with a wonderful palette of flavours and a clean, crisp character.
Standing in the Cairngorm National Park in the village from which it takes its name Dalwhinnie is the furthest above sea level of all Scotland's working distilleries.
It wasn't founded until just before the dawn of the 20th century under its original name of Strathspey. In 1905 it changed name to Dalwhinnie and was sold to American distiller Cook & Bernheimer thus becoming the first in a long line of distilleries under foreign ownership. Despite being in a remote location it sits near to the main railway joining the lowlands with Inverness which made getting it's products to market that much easier.
Nowadays Dalwhinnie is a part of Diageo's empire with its single malts featuring prominently among their 'classic malts' range.