Since it is the first Sunday in Advent, I am having a Christmas dram. My choice fell on the Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold, a single malt Scotch from the Highlands, which is distilled from spirit made in the cold months between October and March.To be honest, I cannot say whether the lower temperature really has an effect on the liquid’s taste or whether such a statement is merely part of an elaborate marketing campaign. One thing I can say, however, is that the Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold is a lovely pour that instantly puts you in a festive mood. While it is pleasantly candied and a bit spicy in the nose, it unfolds an overwhelming honey-sweetness in the mouth. You close your eyes and you instantly have all your favorite Christmas treats on your tongue: stollen, pudding, cookies, chocolate and citrus fruits. And above all, there is this mouth-warming honey note. It reminds you of the moment when you sweeten your fresh-brewed tea with bee honey and lick off the spoon afterwards.
Eye: The sun high up in the sky on a clear December morning. Or, in other words, winter’s gold.
Nose: Christmas stollen and mandarine pudding with festive spices and crumbled speculoos.
Palate: Now the honey comes through and fills your whole mouth with a warm, gentle sweetness. In the back, there is also milk chocolate, whipped cream and orange zest.
Finish: Round, pleasant and honey-sweet.
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Region: Scotland (Highlands)
Alc. volume: 43%
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: ~40.00 Euro
More info: https://www.discovering-distilleries.com/dalwhinnie/