I have mentioned in my review of the Dimple 15 year old that this whisky was one of the first blends I tried when I was younger. I was prompted to revisit the brand after I tried this Dimple Gold Selection on a visit to a pub. I had a dram after a curry and a pint and it went down quite nicely. So much so that I purchased the 15 year old and reviewed it. The 15 year old really surprised me and I rated it with a score of 4. This then led me to go full circle and purchase a bottle of the Gold Selection and assess this one in more depth.
Whisky: Dimple Gold Selection Blended Scotch Whisky, 40%
Nose: Fruity, baked apples, cinnamon, vanilla, butterscotch, dried fruits
Taste: Roasted nuts, some tannins, basked pastry, raisins, vanilla, grain
Finish: Grain, tannins, roasted nuts
Summary: It must have been the curry and pint that set me up nicely for this one. I remember it being more rich but having said that there is enough goodness in this for me to enjoy. The difference between this and the 15 year old is notable as you would expect and I think on balance I would stretch my budget a bit to go for the 15 year old if you can get it for a reasonable price. I think I got it for £35 at my local off licence which is the same price I paid for the Gold Selection online. £35 for this is a bit high but overall this is a good session whisky and if you are a fan of sherried whiskies then I think you will like this.
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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