Set in Scotland’s remote highlands, Dalwhinnie is Scotland’s highest and coldest distillery. The exposed mountain pastures offer no shelter from winter’s icy winds. Snow blankets the distillery for half of the year, but the harshest conditions can bring the sweetest rewards.
Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold is only distilled from spirit made between October and March, our Scottish winter. AS the snow falls and the air is sharp with frost, the cold copper intensifies our liquid and its rich, deep character unfolds. When the winter grows colder, our liquid becomes gentler and warmer.
The result is a golden spirit with a smooth honeyed taste. Hints of spice mingle with soft heather notes, culminating in a whisky as heart-warming as out winters are bleak.
Colour: Deep gold; almost polished bronze.
Nose: Broad, firm, smooth and clean, yet with a compelling, sweet, honeyed, dessert character that suggests the indulgence to come. An ever-present fragrant and smooth waxiness underscores higher glimpses of fruit, suggesting a caramel tart on a smear of sharp apricot coulis, or sweet short crust pastry offset by orange zest. There’s also a menthol freshness and a modest, smoky note.
Palate: Smoothly honeyed, sweet, comforting and rich textured with a balancing ripe autumn-fruit tartness. Growing spicy, with gingerbread; then denser with rich malt loaf, suggestions of molasses and mint; and later soft, distant smoke. Delicious just as it is: water may be added if desired, but adds little.
Finish: Exquisitely heart-warming: lingering and comforting with a pleasingly chewy conclusion. Smooth
and unctuous with sweet malt, raisins and dark chocolate. Growing lightly aromatic, too, with hints of dates and sandalwood.
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*Info taken from bottle