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Overall rating
89.15/100
votes
16
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Dumpy Bottle
Stated Age
13 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
Importato da Mario Rossi
Added on
30 Dec 2010 6:11 pm

Average value

€ 1311.17

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16 × member ratings

11 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Coleburn 13-year-old CA

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.15 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] Unfortunately, my detailed tasting notes of the first bottle we drank were lost - what a pity! So fortunately, I have to open another bottle that I bought for 228 Euro in September, 2006. I can imagine things much worse than this...

    ...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...
    • Nose
      91 91
      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...
    • Taste
      91 91
      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).
    • Finish
      90 90
      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.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Cadenhead dumpy 1957-1968 x 13 + Authentic/Original 1964-1966 x 3
    16 in total

    Apologies this post is a bit long

    Tasting order as follows :-

    Ardmore 1965 22 year 46% WB 14358
    Caperdonich 1965 14 year 45.7% WB 16642
    Coleburn +/- 1966 13 year 46% WB 20094
    Convalmore +/- 1961 21 yr 46% mini same as dumpy 1961/83 for the US market WB 120312
    Glenlochy 1967 20 year 46% WB 31933
    Glenrothes 1957 22 year 45.7% WB 12577
    Glenugie 1959 18 year 80 proof WB 15173
    Inchgower 1959 17 year 80 proof WB 27093
    Isle of Jura 1966 18 year 46% WB 66289
    Macduff 1964 13 year 80 proof WB 98570
    Scapa 1965 15 year 46% WB 30837
    St Magdalene 1964 15 year 45.7% WB 29551
    Tamdhu 17 year +/- 1960 80 proof WB 19956
    Dailuaine 1966 27 year 45.7% Original Collection WB 7303
    Glen Albyn 1964 27 year 51.4% Authentic 150th Anniversary Bottling WB 26610
    Dufftown 1966 28 year 52.5% Authentic Collection
    WB 15014

    This was a mammoth tasting on so many levels 13 Cadenhead dumpy 1957-1968 and then an Original Collection and two Authentic Collection 1964/66/66 respectively so 16 in total. The Glen Albyn & Dufftown were last as they were cask strength but the others were all labelled 45.7%/46%/80 proof.
    This tasting took a long time to do, with plenty of water between , breaks and some food.

    Our of the 16 there was only one that was found wanting and that was the St Magdalene, with the first place honours a shoot-out between the Convaalmore 21 year, Jura 66 dumpy and the 1964 Glen Albyn tall bottle.
    The 1st place shoot out was carried out the next day (today) and the winner was the Glen Albyn by a nose, I know it was higher strength but is also had more depth of profile and a lovely orange marmalade note, almost a 93 point average

    I have had Cadenhead dumpy before, full bottles and samples but what is clear from this tasting is that the type of liquid in these bottles is not made anymore, they are the proverbial `Old School` bottles, slightly austere at times but sharper and crisper on the palate than today’s manufactured drams with massive sherry.
    I would only describe the Glen Albyn, Dufftown &Glenrothes as an obviously sherried whisky, I believe they all will be but in a blind tasting you certainly would not.

    What I found fascinating was that many of them had very similar notes on the nose and the palate, a grassy/cereal note was a common thread and also grapefruit on the palate or so it seemed. I wondered if this could be down to the type of barley used and coal fired stills who knows but actually when you think about it in the 1950’s & 1960’s nearly all of this whisky would have gone into blends, and nearly all these whiskies are from the Speyside area.
    There were so many similarities on show it was a real eye opener, another was a slight menthol note in a few of them.

    It is really hard to put these in order as I said, there were many similarities so the scores were similarly very close.

    Here is my attempt at putting these 16 whiskies in some sort of pecking order
    Here is the result with average total points score and them marks for nose/palate/finish
    1st-16th place

    Glen Albyn 1964 27 year 51.4% Authentic 150th Anniversary Bottling 92+p
    Convalmore +/- 1961 21 year 46% (miniature) same as dumpy 1961/83 for the US market 92p
    Isle of Jura 1966 18 year 46% 92p
    Dufftown 1966 28 year 52.5% Authentic Collection 92
    Dailuaine 1966 27 year 45.7% Original Collection 92p 91/92/92
    Macduff 1964 13 year 80 proof 92p
    Glenrothes 1957 22 year 45.7% 91p
    Caperdonich 1965 14 year 45.7% 91p
    Inchgower 1959 17 year 80 proof 90p
    Glenugie 1959 18 year 80 proof 90p
    Ardmore 1965 22 year 46% 89p
    Tamdhu 17 year +/- 1960 80 proof 89p
    Scapa 1965 15 year 46% 89p
    Coleburn +/- 1966 13 year 46% 89p
    Glenlochy 1967 20 year 46% 87p
    St Magdalene 1964 15 year 45.7% 86p

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    2nd tasting
    I think I am enjoying this a little more this time round.
    Another great example of old school whisky from a closed distillery that even now still receives little coverage in the whisky world, shame.
    Up 2 points from last time.
    • Nose
      87 87
      This has a grassy nose, mixed with hot buttered toast, cereal grains, grapefruit, lemon and black pepper.
      The grassy/cereal note is the predominant flavour here.
    • Taste
      89 89
      This is quite fruity at first, I was expecting a harder edge to this but the fruit is working with some biscuit & cream.
      After a while some diluted like juice and the pepper not increases with it, there is also a little fresh clean peat in the mix but it is in the distance.
      As you go on basically it is all the lighter coloured fruit gums, great stuff.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Quite a long finish remaining fruity & zesty.

      With a little water:-
      The water has released even more white fruit and a little more pepper.
      The finish seems longer also

      It is even better with a little water

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A clean, crisp, fruity & slightly grassy nose is followed by spicy palate with white fruits.
    Slightly hot at first but some nice sweetness on show here, simple profile but I like it.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    fantastic old school profile. The 13 yo tastes like a modern 26+yo tastes today...

    2cl sample
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Mr. D. scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2008]  I offered this dram during a FoSM club tasting.  I  bought the bottle for 181 Euro in September, 2005.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  Unfortunately my detailed notes were lost.

  8. bokhanov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Clearly pronounced peppermint notes. In the aftertaste, bitterness which slightly reduces the evaluation.

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