It's a remote location, in a high pass between the Grampian and Monadhliath mountain ranges of the Western Highlands, at over 1000 feet above sea level it is one of the highest distilleries in Scotland. Stylistically Dalwhinnie distillery falls between the gentle, grassy style of the Lowlands and the austere, firm body of Speyside, which begins some 25 miles to the north. With only two copper pot stills production remains small, and traditional, using wooden washbacks for fermentation and rare external wooden worm-tubs to condense the spirit. A classic West Highland Malt made in stills that are among the smallest in Scotland. The finest barley, malted to the distillery's own particular specification is mixed with water from two Lochs in Ardconnel and fermented before a slow double distillation using two small lamp pot stills. The spirit vapour is then condensed slowly in wooden worm tubs that sit outside among the rooftops. Unlike many malts Oban sees no sherry butts or refill bourbon oak barrels, instead it is aged in hogsheads (50% larger than normal bourbon barrels) that have already held maturing whisky, staying there for at least 14 years.
Bright light gold colour. Bold aromatic nose, honey, heather, pear and ripe soft fruits with hints of peat. Smooth, soft. Heather, honey and vanilla followed by citrus, sweet malt notes. The gentle smoke builds finishing with peat and malt.