Distiller: Dalwhinnie. ABV: 43%. Age: 15 years. Region: Speyside. Price: $50-60.
The Dalwhinnie 15 is the kind of bottle you might be pleasantly surprised to find on an otherwise single malt-free liquor cart after an all-day Easter brunch away from home–the eat-nap-eat-nap kind. Or eat-nap-eat-nap-sip.
The Dalwhinnie 15 is a light, accessible Highland single malt that makes an excellent introduction to single malts. Easy to find–you’ll see it at nearly any Trader Joe’s that’s allowed to sell liquor–and easy to enjoy.
Apple and pear on the nose, soft and pleasant. Honey, candle wax, and lemon poppy seed cake. Take a sip: there’s the vanilla icing from that cake, plus the mildest white smoke. Fades like the wisp at the end of a candle on the finish.
WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie recently got an interesting Twitter discussion going on folks’ recommendations for “beginner whiskies” under the hashtag #3Whiskies. What would you recommend? – BO