Do you know which whisky company is using the most 'worm tubs' in their distilleries?
Worm tubs restrict the copper contact on the condenser, increasing notes of sulphur and an oily mouthfeel.
One of these distilleries is Dalwhinnie, which is known for the 15 year old they've done for a while. More recently though, they've released an NAS whisky called Winter's Gold with some story about filling the casks in winter or drinking with ice. Ignore that, let's get to the whisky.
Dalwhinnie Winters Gold 43%
Colour: Diageo GoldTM
Nose: Pretty classic Highland nose. Heather, honey, light spice, vanilla toffee, a tiny hint of smoke.
Taste: Soft, very honeyed, heather, sweet honey, caramel, a bit of harsh spice, ginger, light oak with toffee then a little suggestion of smoke, singed heather. Slightly oily, which saves it.
Finish: Short length. Honey with some green oak.
The just enough here to save it from mediocrity, but not nearly as good as the 15.
Now that we're here, I'll post my notes for the 15 too.
Only had it once at a bar and didn't really have time to properly assess it but here are the notes I made:
Colour: Diageo GoldTM
Nose: Lovely classic Highland profile. Full of honey and vanilla, slightly outdoorsy with heather.
Taste: Good mouthfeel, probably the best aspect of this one. More of the nose, honey, heather, vanilla and some spice comes through.
Finish: Medium length. The spices fade off.
Classic style, but doesn't quite have the character of Oban or some of the other Diageo classics.
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