Dalwhinnie Highland 30 Year Old Special Release 2019
Dalwhinnie Highland 30 Year Old Special Release 2019 is a deep gold, with copper lights. Good beading and medium to full body. A mild nose overall, with a slight prickle. The top notes are vegetal and faintly smoky, as with a snuffed candle, almost suggesting a Halloween pumpkin lantern; the overall impression is savoury, with a light sweetness suggesting moorland heather pollen. The base notes are of spicy fresh-planed wood, which if a drop of water is added becomes light balsa wood. Much sweeter at first after this, with a tangy, fruity note of pickled ginger.
At natural strength, big, creamy-smooth and mouth-filling in texture, with a richly sweet, waxy initial taste and spicy, with a touch of salt and an appealing, gradually building peppery warmth that carries on into the finish. When slightly reduced, the taste remains the same when a good drop of water is added, becoming a sweet, smoothly balanced whole that is delicious to drink.
Long and spicily warming, leaving the tongue-tingling and a pleasantly earthy aftertaste. A little water lengthens the finish and reduces the spiciness.
The name Dalwhinnie is derived from the Gaelic language, meaning ‘meeting place’.
Dalwhinnie Distillery is home to the renowned Highland Single Malt 30 year old Scotch Whisky, which is known for its gentle flavours, highlighted with notes of heather, honey, citrus, vanilla and sweet malt. Based in the Highland village of Dalwhinnie, this distillery is technically in the Speyside region, but they refer to their product themselves as a Highland Whisky. As the Speyside region is wholly within the Highlands, Speyside distilleries can be legally labelled as either Highland or Speyside under SWA regulations.
Made in the highest and coldest working distillery in Scotland, with water from a loch at 2000 feet, Dalwhinnie whisky thrives on extreme conditions – creating a liquid as sweet and accessible as its highland home is remote.