Review: Dalwhinnie Distiller's Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

17 yrs; Oloroso Sherry Finish
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Dalwhinnie (Dalwhinnie, Scotland)

The distiller's editions are all vintage dated, this one from 1997 and bottled in 2014, and features Dalwhinnie spirit finished in oloroso sherry casks.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: 2014 (distilled 1997)

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Very much what I would expect from a sherry-finished Dalwhinnie – spicy and dried fruit notes overlayed on top of the rich, honeyed, malt from Dalwhinnie. White grape, white raisins, applesauce, vanilla, wet earth, and some very pleasant malt. Malt loaf, cinnamon, and lots of cloves, and honey dates. The palate has lots of honey and malt, with the sherry hanging back until the finish where it comes in with cinnamon, tannins, and dried fruit which mingle in with a growing maltiness, earthiness, and oak. Very pleasant.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $115.