...because this is a very delicious old style Traditional Scotch. Coleburn is (probably) the most often overlooked "lost" distillery because there are not many Coleburn releases out there at all. What a shame, because it offers a very fine profile both in the nose and on the palate that is interesting to explore and delicious to quaff. But shy away all you modern "designed" whisky lovers: there is nothing in here that makes a quick bold impression. So let it pass if you do not own patience and a sense for sublimity...
The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a delicate floral-grassy-honey profile with dozens of other subtle aromas. Very complex for a just 13-years old with delicious waxy, herbal (peppermint, cistus), spicy (vanilla, peppers, ginger) and oily aromas beside the honeys and spring floral notes. All perfectly balanced and without any off-note - to enjoy this best I recommend a traditional spheric blender's glass with a cover and a 15 minutes breathing time, better longer...
The taste is layered an dozens of subtle and delicious flavours in a great harmonic setting. All kinds of sweet-bitter-spicy-waxy-oily notes integrate to a complex and very tasty profile without any flaw or imbalance. I wish today's 30+years old drams would show such a balanced taste like this 13-years old. Surely, the mysterious bottle maturation might have worked to the fortune of this dram - but bottle maturation improves great spirits only (while sub-standard stuff gets even worse over time).
The dram arrives warming on the palate and instantly coats all of the mouth with a creamy feeling without any distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and gets a little more spicy which is tasty and perfectly suited as a farewell greeting. No flaw here either. Water releases more grassy aromas in the nose and sweeter flavours (honeys, fruits) on the palate - I like to nose this dram neat and prefer to drink it a little reduced to about 40% abv.