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Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Allt an t'Sluic burn
United Distillers & Vintners
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Dalwhinnie Whisky distillery, Scotland's highest distillery at 326 metres was established in 1897. It was originally named the Strathspey distillery by the group who founded it. The group started production in 1898 but unfortunately they went bankrupt the same year.

The distillery was then sold and the new owner renamed it Dalwhinnie. In 1905 the distillery was taken over by the American company Cook & Bernheimer. The American distiller wanted Dalwhinnie malt whisky to use in the production of blended whiskies for the American market. This was the first American investment in the Scotch whisky industry.

The American ownership continued until the start of prohibition in the United States in 1920, when the distillery returned to a Scottish owner, Lord James Calder who was a major shareholder of Macdonald Greenlees whisky blenders. MacDonald Greenlees was taken over by DCL and Dalwhinnie then became part of another blenders group, James Buchanan who was famous for his Black & White blended whisky.

The distillery was damaged by fire in 1934 and was reopened after repairs in 1938. But it only opened for a short time because of the onset of the second World War which made whisky production impossible due to the lack of barley. It reopened again after the war in 1947. Very few changes have happened to the distillery since, except the suppression of the malting floors in 1968.

Dalwhinnie has become famous worldwide because of its present owners, United Distillers & Vintners. They included the smooth tasting Dalwhinnie malt in their very popular famous series of "Classic Malts", which they launched in 1988.

The other Classic Malts in the series are: Glenkinchie Lowland. Cragganmore Speyside. Talisker Island. Oban West Highland. Lagavulin Islay.

Dalwhinnie Tasting Notes

Dalwhinnie has a little bit of everything, peat, honey and backbone. A classic malt for everyone. Dalwhinnie is known for its smooth style. Smooth malts are likely to hold more sweetness than saltiness and tend to be more creamy than dry.

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Single Malt.
Colour: Yellow gold.
Nose: Wholemeal and honey quality to the nose and slightly smoky.
Taste: Smooth, soft and lasting flavours of heather, honey sweetness and vanilla followed by deeper citrus-fruit flavours and hints of malted bread.
Finish: Long smooth, lingering, surprisingly intense finish that starts sweetly, then gives way to smoke, peat and malt.

Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition.
Colour: Golden.
Nose: Fragrance of Oloroso sherry, heather honey notes.
Taste: A sweetness on the lips, moving to well-defined malt cask-wood flavours.
Finish: Rich, longer than usual, honey finish with hints of sweet oak.

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Dalwhinnie Bottlings

Dalwhinnie offer you the following choice of single malts:
  • Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Single Malt.
  • Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition 1989.
  • 1973 29 Year Old Special Release.
  • 1966 36 Year Old Very Special Release.
  • Centenary 15 Year Old Special Staff Bottling.

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