Distillery Bottlings

Posted 16 April 2019

As Scotland’s highest distillery, this is not the first time that owners Diageo have tried to link Dalwhinnie to cold weather. Winter’s Gold – another in the continuing line of ‘serve from the freezer’ whiskies was released in 2015. And it seems that some retailers have got rather confused and are pitching Winter’s Frost with the same cribbed serving suggestion. Diageo do not seem to be making this claim this time around – they’ve already done so with JW White Walker after all. Nevertheless, I do not believe that *any* single malt whisky is improved via time spent next to your frozen peas – so, in either case, please don’t bother.

Posted 26 July 2018

The official Dalwhinnie line up has been and still is quite compact – an NAS (Winter’s Gold), a 15 year old and an annual Distiller’s Edition (also invariable bottled at 15 years of age). There reasons for this limited offering are perhaps not as complicated as one might expect - the 15 year old expression is on the of the biggest selling single malts in the world, so if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Likewise, new make Dalwhinnie is surprisingly heavy and sulphurous (long fermentation and minimal copper reflux within the stills) so its felt that at least 15 years of maturation is required for the natural, sweet and honeyed profile to properly develop.

Posted 26 July 2018

This older bottling of Dalwhinnie 15 year old is hard to precisely date, but all signs indicate that it comes from the early to mid 1980’s – around the time that the bottling was induced into Diageo’s Classic Malt series. So, this distillate was originally created in the 1970’s during which the distillery operated worm tub condensers. The tubs were replaced with shell and tubes in 1986, however, within less than 10 years these too were replaced (due to the change they created in the new make character), and worm tubs were once again reinstalled. Sources suggest, that despite the switch back to tubs, the spirit character has never been same as it was in the 1970’s and earlier.



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