The whisky itself is often referred to as ‘The Gentle Spirit’, in contrast to the rugged environment it is produced in. (Staff at the distillery have been known to climb out first-floor windows in order to get to work when snow piles up in the hard winters.) This is testified to by its subtle, smooth, lightly smoked character and heathery, honey finish. Barely classifiable as a Speyside distillery, Dalwhinnie’s location is at least forty kilometres south of the dense collection of stills in the ‘lower Spey’. The distilleries endless water supply comes from the Allt an t’Sluic spring, bedded in granite. Current management boast their use of traditional wooden washbacks and distinctive lye pipes leading from the tops of the stills.