A 25 year old Dalwhinnie from Diageo's 2015 Special Releases, the first time a bottling from this distillery featured since 2012 (also a 25 year old). Matured in refill American oak hogsheads, this is a release of 5,916 bottles.
This baby ex-refill American oak hogsheads. There’s been another 25 back in 2012, a 1987, and I had loved it (WF 89). Colour: pale gold. Nose: totally au naturel! That means we’re rather finding raw barley, orchard fruits (gooseberries, white peaches, mirabelles), some fresh butter, and then ideas of fresh croissants early in the morning. There’s a little honey as well – breakfast honey of course. It’s only after a good five minutes that more smoky notes take off, as well as some fresh walnuts. It’s really funny that we’re getting closer and closer to some well-matured manzanilla. I mean, well-solera-ed. Mouth: a fatter, bigger version of the 15, but we’re well within the same family. Walnuts/manzanilla, plus green apples, not-too-sweet honey, Seville oranges, and a smoky maltiness. Also more and more custard, cornflakes… Finish: medium, rather smokier, very malty, a tad spicier as well. Dry cereal bars. Comments: totally one for the breakfast. A perfect exercise de style that lets the distillate sing. Ah, refill! SGP:562 - 90 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||48.8%/ 70cl|
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