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?
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.
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.
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.
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!