DALWHINNIE 30 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2020)

70cl, 51.9%

RM 2,990

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Awarded 91 Points on whiskyfun.com by Serge.

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Tasting Notes:

  • Aroma: Elegant, with dusty polished oak and slowly building butterscotch to start. The polish notes become treacly, backed up by concentrated orchard fruit: stewed apples and pears. A touch of black liquorice hides underneath, washed over by building fruit. Tarragon and leafy green notes develop.
  • Palate: Rich and creamy with crunchily topped crême brûlée concealing fresh orange and lemon peel under the creaminess. Coffee notes build and gentle black pepper spice isn’t far behind. The butterscotch from the nose pushes through, with toffee and cream in tow.
  • Finish: Toffee fades to leave sweet pear, wax-polished oak and treacle toffee.

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DALWHINNIE 30 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2020)

DALWHINNIE 30 Year Old 1989 (Special Release 2020). This ultra-rare single vintage Dalwhinnie has an astonishing bright intensity for its age and comes uniquely from refill American oak hogsheads, all of which were casked in 1989. Three decades of maturity have bought a fine elegance to the vibrant distillery character, allowing its moorland aromas to peak. Part of the Diageo Special Releases 2020 range, this is a very limited high-aged release of only 6.978 bottles available worldwide.

Surprisingly spice forward and a tad hot even after 30 years of maturation. With water the spices are tempered a tad but not a while lot but even then there’s still a lot of good stuff to talk about. The spirit qualities are lovely and rich with great honey flavors and nice toasty almonds and toasted breads along with some lovely butteriness that remind me a lot of some stellar 70s Convalmore and Mortlach

Matured in a combination of refill hogsheads and butts for three decades, this Dalwhinnie single malt is an elegant addition to Diageo’s 2020 Special Releases. Aromas of raisins, leather, lemon and cinnamon-baked apples mingle with mint, grape jelly, honeysuckle, spring meadows and hay. The palate offers notes of summer flowers, vanilla toffee, delicate oak spice and slices of apple and pear, followed by zesty lemon, candied flowers, grystalised ginger and buttery shortbread biscuits.

Part of Diageo’s 2020 Special Releases, this limited edition Highland single malt was distilled at Dalwhinnie, Scotland’s highest distillery, and matured in a combination of refill hogsheads and butts for 30 years before bottling at a natural cask strength of 51.9% abv. Only 7,586 individually numbered bottles have been released worldwide.

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