Following on from our Dalwhinnie interview post earlier this week it seemed only proper to have a wee dram of a Dalwhinnie to follow; the Winter’s Gold Dalwhinnie is a lovely floral honeyed dram that has classic Dalwhinnie character with a little experimental flair.
Unlike most whisky this dram is best suited to be drunk in the cold, recommended to be put in the freezer before sipping the goldy nectar (at least that’s what I’ve heard). I must admit the idea of drinking ice cold whisky didn’t seem like my cup of tea (or whisky) and I would love to tell you I am reviewing this whisky ice cold from the freezer; but I’m not. The whisky is a cool room temperature and being tasted exactly the same way I do with all scotch; neat, allowed to breathe and in a nice tasting glass.
It has to be said this malt has a lovely colour. A darkened straw colour with a subtle strawberry blonde (ginger) tinge. Slightly darker and more caramelised in colour than the standard 15 year old.
The aromas from the spirit are lovely and fresh. Apple and pear with floral background notes adorn a honey nose. There is also a slight spiciness which you don’t get so much with 15 year, the delicate nature has been given a little bit more muscle with the Winter’s Gold.
On the palate those floral fruity notes are apparent straight away, a hint of vanilla comes through and there’s definitely some heather honey following on the palate. There is a slight hint of peaty smokiness that adds a little sweetness to the flavour and gives a cinder toffee apple vibe.
The finish is smooth, oaky esters come through on the finish and the combination of cask choices play a nice part in leaving a spiciness on the tongue. There is also a wee suggestion of good quality cigar tobacco in the finish, surprising but a lovely little unexpected gift.
This is one of my favourite Dalwhinnie malts. The price makes it a must buy, most supermarkets will stick this at around the £25 mark. A lovely moderately complex dram that will suit most whisky drinkers from the newbie to the refined connoisseur.