This rare Distillery Only bottle edition takes the delights of Dalwhinnie to bold new heights with a 48% ABV and different flavour profile. With only 6000 bottles produced, and a unique triple matured cask story, this rare and exceptional breed of Single Malt Whisky is worth travelling to the distillery for.
Dalwhinnie Distillery stands in the Cairngorm National Park at the heart of the Scottish Highlands in the village of Dalwhinnie. We invite you to visit us for a distillery tour and end your experience with a trip to the Visitor Centre where our Distillery Only bottle is available.
Ewan Mackintosh, our Brand Home Manager and duty Manager joins us to explain what makes this Distillery Only bottle so special. Prior to working at the Dalwhinnie Distillery, Ewan explored the world of whisky at the Oban, Caol Ila and Lagavulin distilleries. Here he shares some background on the Distillery Only bottle…
For me it’s about layers of flavour. A blast of citrus, creamy vanilla and malt, dried fruit figs and stewed apples and then lovely spicy warmth. By using special maturation techniques, we have managed to create a liquid that accentuates the house style of Dalwhinnie but with an added hint of spice. First of all we have taken casks of Dalwhinnie that have been maturing in refill European/American oak and blended them together. The liquid is then filled into American oak casks that have been conditioned to add that hint of spicy oak. But the story doesn’t end there. After a few months the spirit is blended again and transferred into refill European oak. Here the spirit rests for over 2 years. This final stage allows the flavour compounds to gently mingle and interact thus introducing subtle additional aromas and flavours from the Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old expression.
Served neat, the aromas of the Distillery Only Dalwhinnie are sweet and floral with hints of rich berry fruits and spiced oak.
The addition of water really brings this liquid alive. The floral notes become more defined and fresh crushed rose petals dancing in the nose. The rich berry fruits evolve into tropical fruits with hints of green apples and the spiced oak becomes weaker but sweeter.
As for flavours, neat the Dalwhinnie Distillery Only expression is slightly peppery on the tip of the tongue but this is short lived as you start to get rich berry fruits and just a hint of milk chocolate.
As with the aroma, the addition of water allows this liquid to become must fresher in nature. The rich berry fruits disappear and it becomes more floral and perfumed with the likes of rosehip syrup. The finish is medium but warming with a sweet spicy oaky aftertaste.
While not a traditional pairing, Ewan shares what he likes to serve his Dalwhinnie Distillery Only bottle with.
I’ve got love hate thing going on with liquorice but Pascal Aussignac has great recipe for Confit line-caught cod with juniper ashes, butternut squash and liquorice sabayon. You’d it couldn’t be bettered but try it with the Dalwhinnie and it can.
Failing that a liquorice and caramel truffle from the Highland chocolatier. This time its love.
Ewan shares why a Dalwhinnie Distillery tour is a must-do and his favourite attraction in the area.
If you do come to sample our Distillery Only bottle, I recommend a tour of the distillery too. We’ll tell you all about why the cold helps make Dalwhinnie the best in the world. If you come you’ve got to start with the legendary Dalwhinnie hot chocolate, tour of the distillery then a whisky and chocolate tasting and take a driver.
As for a local secret, I can recommend the Falls of Truim – just along the road, great for swimming in but do it before you come to the distillery.
Now we invite you to come and not only tour our distillery, but sample this unique Dalwhinnie expression only available at the Visitor Centre. A treat for whisky novices and connoisseurs alike, it’s a memory that can continue to sample and savour even from home with your own Distillery Only bottle.