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Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

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Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby Elagabalus » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:24 am

A friend got a bottle of Dalwhinnie 15 as a present. He has yet to open it. He isn't even into scotch really. What should he expect? What could anyone recently introduced to scotch, expect from Dalwhinnie 15?
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Re: Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby Lawrence » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:43 am

.....that they've been given a great present. I like Dalwhinnie 15......it's a great dram.
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Re: Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby shoganai » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:17 am

If I recall correctly it's very smooth and fruity and overall just a very pleasant drink. One of the better deals in PA, although it's been a while since I had a bottle. Perhaps too long...
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Re: Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby OKDiver1 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:21 am

I know I would be very happy.
Turn things around a little bit. Next time you see your friend, humbly suggest that he open that new bottle over a piece of chocolate cake, or a chocolate mousse -- with you, of course.
A perfect introduction.
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Re: Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:42 am

It's a long, long time since I had Dalwhinnie - 15 years or more - so it may have changed. But I remember a whisky that smelt of sweaty socks until you added water, at which point it became sweet and floral. It's a perfectly respectable present to give and receive.
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Re: Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby Dubois » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:31 pm

Dalwhinnie was allways a favorite of mine, so I guess I would be more than happy if I receive one as a present.
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Re: Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby TreacleSponge » Sat Mar 29, 2008 11:11 pm

Honey, a tiny bit of smoke, lots going off in it, a good choice - sweet and easy to drink but very interesting if you want to linger over it a little.

When I had the pub it was one of 3 whiskies we'd give to people who wanted to try their first malt. It was a safe bet. It's also the only whisky my non-whisky-drinking friend (who only ever drinks G&T or Sav Blanc) enjoyed with me. So as your friend isn't much of a whisky drinker, it sounds like a good gift for him.
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Re: Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby woodhill » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:33 am

What you say is true, it is one of those "whiskies for people who don't drink whisky"
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Re: Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:41 am

Agreed.

It is very approachable and if your friend doesn't like the Dalwhinnie, then he is unlikely to find any single malt drinkable.
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Re: Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:58 am

Willie JJ wrote:It is very approachable and if your friend doesn't like the Dalwhinnie, then he is unlikely to find any single malt drinkable.

I guess it must have changed over the years - it really was once quite challenging when taken neat.
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Re: Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:07 am

I suspect you and I taste things differently Nick.

With that in mind Elagabalus, perhaps you should suggest to your friend that he try it with a spot of water first.

Sweaty socks :yuk: .
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Re: Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby Klas » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:12 am

Dalwhinnie 15 years old seems a perfect way to be introduced to whisky.
I have myself given it as presents to friends who are about to try whisky for one of their first times. It has always been appreciated!
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Re: Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:38 am

I echo the above appraisals...

Easy drinking honey'd dram. This is an easy graduation to Scotch Single Malts. Nothing but praise for this Highlander.

Honey & a touch of heather Smoke
Very sweet & lightly peated
A touch of spice, medium length

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Re: Is Dalwhinnie 15 an acceptable gift?

Postby Wave » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:04 pm

About 10 years ago until I got into more adventurous and cask strength whiskies I was never without a bottle of Dalwhinnie 15 in the cupboard. As a lighter style of whisky it's hard to beat.


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