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Coleburn 1972 GM

Overall rating
92.38/100
votes
58
Whiskybase ID
WB164766
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
125th Anniversary Edition
Vintage
06.10.1972
Bottled
17.03.2020
Stated Age
47 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Puncheon
Casknumber
3511
Number of bottles
363
Strength
62.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5020613077928
Added on
01 sep 2020 6:09 pm by rampah
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3366.33

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Whisky Reviews for Coleburn 1972 GM

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.38 points

  1. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    From the first smell, immediately recognizable as an old-school malt with a lot of depth. Certainly one of the best noses I've had in my glass so far. The 62.4% are very well involved. Extremely complex, beautiful honey, wax & sweet fruit notes paired with herbs. Very pleasant mouthfeel, here the percentages clearly increase. Again herbs, honey, wax and caramelized fruits. Remains in the mouth for a very long time. The finish is very long and the beautiful honey wax, herbs and fruit notes are present for a very long time.

    The called price of 1,750 € - 2,000 € is of course a house number. But considering the current prices, I was amazed that a 47yo Coleburn is not significantly more expensive. An exceptionally great whisky that is second to none. That's why I love this hobby. If you get the chance, you should definitely try it!
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  2. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    What a great complex experience. A real treat and one of the best malts I've had in my glass so far.
    • Nose
      Nice start, intense sherry aromas, spicy wood notes, fruity with grapes, bananas, some mango, wax, honey, furniture polish, vanilla, plums and raisins. Slightly malt and nuts in the background. The alcohol is wonderfully integrated. Great maturation, you can tell the age here, slightly sweet in the background
    • Taste
      At first a very soft start, then there are nice old sherry aromas paired with a slight sweetness, vanilla, lots of dried fruits, plums, a little pepper comes through for a short time, beeswax, honey, chocolate, an indescribable abundance of aromas. Wonderful. And I think the 60% or more are still well integrated, nuts come later and it looks creamy
    • Finish
      Wonderful finish with a sherry flavor which is more in the field of sweetness at the beginning, then spicy old wood notes and slightly bitter, which is not unpleasant, but harmonizes wonderfully. Citrus fruits are also available.

  3. grinface scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I think about three bottles of it have been opened worldwide. One of them from the bottler and distributed to the big blogs and two from bottle splits, as in my case. Many thanks to the dear rampah at this point! To share something like that is really a great thing. How lucky that this quality has been maintained for so long. I'm lucky that I got the chance to try this. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/02/24/old-rare-flight-005/
    • Nose
      93 93
      A nice, light fruity note at the beginning. Ripe bananas, tangerines, and unripe mangoes and guavas. Plus everything from the bee. From honey to propolis to beeswax. Maybe a little lamp oil and polish too. That works then. A light vanilla scent is mixed in somewhere underneath. The alcohol strength is very present, but not unpleasant. After a long time, a fine smoke appears. Like a very faint glimmer of wood chips.
    • Taste
      91 91
      He attacks directly. With spices and sweetness in perfect balance. Ginger and pepper, doused with honey and sugar syrup. After a short time that subsides and the sweetness dominates. This is where the old wood comes into play. With bitter substances and polish. The whole thing is surrounded or rather accompanied by the fruit note, peppered with menthol and mint. Bananas are back, and especially guava.
    • Finish
      92 92
      A little different from sip to sip. Sometimes the fruits can prevail, sometimes the cask makes a statement. Between fruity and dry. Between white wine and spicy tea. The spices can also play along again. It's just a dream. It then also becomes dry and bitter. I would say what was predictable. In any case, this is not a problem.

  4. rampah scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    The nose is a bit too alcoholic without water for me. (Well, it has over 60%...)

    But it is stunning nevertheless. A lot to discover, a wonderful sweety spicyness. Didn't taste bitter at all.

  5. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. nallacam scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Something else you would expect from a 47 year old single malt. Lots of barrel, heavy and solid. Here you get a freshness with a high level of complexity. It takes a while for the sherry to show itself, but then the full strength of a refill butt shows up.

    A fine malt that uses its percentage perfectly to transport the aromas. But you don't get a classic ripening if you put age in the foreground.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Intense and powerful, even in the 1920s Blenders glass, the alcohol is pleasantly noticeable.
      There is a basic sweetness with the first fruity hints. Walnuts, dried apricots and a touch of white pepper. The slight sharpness that shows up has nothing unpleasant, but rather ensures freshness. Mint hits it pretty well here.
      This kind of malt, the time in the glass is good and it opens more, shows itself after 5 minutes. The fruit component becomes more, fresh lovage is added, as well as caramel and a little furniture polish.
    • Taste
      90 90
      In the mouth there is an expected strong start, the alcohol is palpable, but never stinging.
      Herbs and various nuts, a fine oak and not a bit overlaid after all these years.
      Simply tasty and not quite as complex as the nose.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is a positive surprise for me. A lot is happening there, it gets mossy and damp forest floor and almost a bit dirty, with a trace of a car repair shop.
      Very long and dry.

  7. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    To describe this nose in great detail would go beyond the scope of many things.
    Rather closed without water, the alcohol hides some things. After half an hour open in the glass it opens, beeswax and floor wax, hot apple pie with vanilla sauce. Fruit compote.
    With 2ml of water it opens even further, now the nose is a lot of fun. Old desk, some pine resin, herbs.
    4ml of water and we enter cognac territory with a fruit basket (local and exotic fruits), the smell of old teak furniture and old cypress.

    Mouth:
    Very sharp and closed without water,
    Light citrus fruit with water, wax, honey, quince, the oak is present, but not dominant. Slightly resinous, fennel, herbs.
    Some liquorice (Dutch), candied apples. Black and green tea.
    The mouthfeel is still incredibly oily even with 4ml, almost as if you could chew the whisky.
    This is by no means one of those long matured whiskys that are great on the nose and break down on the tongue.
    The high level is maintained.

    Finish:
    Medium length, here a little more oak, but still a lot of fruit, wax, menthol.

    94/100

    Conclusion:
    Great whisky, the marginal dates were somehow absurd (62.4% at 47 years?), But the result was completely successful.
    Happy Birthday, Gordon & Macphail, a bottling like this is of course great for celebrating such an anniversary.

  9. GIngi scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Reminiscent of old '73 Speysider just with more impact.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. Man of Skye scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Review by Ruben:

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/coleburn/coleburn-1972-gordon-macphail-125th-anniversary/

  11. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Very powerful and fruity, quite complex, spicy - it is opening up with a few drops of water - very good!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Very fruity, strawberry, apricot, peach, also some exotic fruits, mango, papaya, honey, little floral, spices, pepper, tobacco, marzipan, little leafy, lemon peel - very good!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Very punchy, oily, waxy, very fruity, subtle sweetness, more exotic fruits, pepper, ginger, mango, passion fruit, honey, some oak wood, some herbs - great!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, burning, fruity, spicy, litle zesty, more oak wood, more herbs - water recommended

  12. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Honey, apricot jam, cooked fruits, guava, polish, barley sugars, hazelnuts, marzipan, bananas, herbs, great fruitiness and complexity, excellent

  13. Suevia scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  14. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Great nose with honey, mint pastilles, herbal sweets, local fruits, wood glaze, wax and sheep's wool (?!)

    The first impression in the mouth reflects the nose, but now there are also a few more reddish fruits, as well as some mango, grapefruit and mint.

    The finish is long and a bit more barrel dominated
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  15. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A really great whisky. Old-fashioned, incredibly complex on the nose. Strong and yet excellently integrated alcohol. Water is definitely not required. The finish stays for minutes, keeps the whisky in mind.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Immediately very present in the nose. The aromas change in quick succession. There are vanilla, tobacco, leather, sweetness, then ripe light fruits, cooling mint, a little liquorice, honey and grapes. Quinces and oranges. Beeswax
    • Taste
      90 90
      A sweet beginning that quickly changes to spicy. Honey and briefly light-colored fruits, a bit grassy and peppery. Bitterness easily arises. The alcohol is strong but well integrated. With water even more fruit and malt.
    • Finish
      91 91
      An eternally long, mouth-drying finish with malt, beautiful old wood, walnut, tobacco. Moderate bitterness for a short time.

  16. mema82 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  17. Nova scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Dont know what I did wrong, but the Whisky was very disappointing.

    The nose wan't pleasent at all and with water I could not get any complexity out of it.... i tried and tried and let it breathe for 2 hours.

  18. Teresa scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  19. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Official Tasting Notes

    Nose : Sweet butterscotch, ripe fruit and subtle floral aromas. Caramelised sugar develops alongside waxy citrus peel, slowly transforming into fresh guava.

    Palate : Intensely sweet; fruity flavours of apricot and cooked apple with a subtle mouth-warming chilli spice edge. Subtle charred oak flavours give way to a soft undertone of mint leaves.

    Finish : A medium finish with sweet and ripe autumnal fruit and a lingering dry herbal note.

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