Have you ever sampled a whisky and been put off by its robust and powerful aromas? Sadly, for some, their first glass of whisky becomes their last. A well-meaning friend might have tried to introduce you to the wonders of whisky, and inadvertently presented you with a strongly peated variety, better reserved for those that have already developed an affection for whisky. Forget all those past experiences and take the first steps back into the world of whisky by getting to know the ‘Big Friendly Giant’.
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Dalwhinnie is a single malt from a the Scottish Highlands and is known as a the gentle giant for its mild and pleasing characteristics. I have introduced many a friend to the joys of whisky by letting them have a sip of Dalwhinnie. The name ‘Dalwhinnie’ is derived from the Gaelic word ‘Dail-coinneeamh’ meaning a meeting place – a fitting name for the whisky I suggest for your first whisky date.
Pour a dram of Dalwhinnie, then allow yourself time to ‘nose’ or smell the whisky before having a taste. First, you might get hit by a whiff of alcohol, but then the fresh aromas will begin to tickle your nose. You might notice a slightly fruity aroma and a bit of toffee. Now you’re ready to take a small sip and let the tastes of heather, honey and delicate spice play on your tongue. A whisky to be enjoyed!