I have fond memories of Dimple. It was one of the first blends I tried when I was younger but I can’t remember which version it was. I just remember it being the good stuff that was poured on the odd occasion. I have not had a bottle of Dimple for over a decade but I was prompted to revisit it after a visit down to pub which stocked the Dimple Gold Selection. I had a dram after a curry and a pint and it went down quite nicely. So much so I felt that I had to revisit this brand.
Whisky: Dimple 15 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, 40%
Nose: Vanilla, grain, cinnamon, lemon, butter, berries, leather
Taste: Malt, vanilla, strawberry, citrus, oak, grain, oak
Finish: Vanilla, honey, burnt toast, oak
Summary: Maybe it is my sentimental side that is partly behind my rating for this but I am in doubt how succulent and moreish this blended scotch is. At 15 years of age this carries the oak influence very well, it does not take over or impart any bitterness but instead it sits in the background throughout. The rest is just pure juicy vanilla, fruit and honey spice. This is not complex but it delivers flavours that are well put together. There is something to this Dimple 15 year old that reminds me of the Aberlour 10 year old – a soft richness in its delivery. Both are bottled at 40% but this is not a bad thing, I am not looking for more on the delivery. I think this is a good value blend at approx.£35-£40.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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