In 2019, I watched this bottle for 6 months pondering whether I should buy it at 650 euros (about 800 euros with tax landed in Malaysia), it got sold out in the 7th month when I finally decided to buy it. Then I kicked myself for being indecisive, taking 6 months to decide on buying it.
Fast forward to 2021, a sample offered by my good buddy Tom in London, a remainder 50 ml from his friend's stash.
14 June: A Convalmore session, continuing from 13 June, finally tasted this 42 years sample at a very low 40% abv. Well, I am glad I didn't buy it back then. WHY?
At 40%, it's so diluted to the point where the bitter profile that should exist in a Convalmore is nowhere to be found. This is a must for in the finishing, as a bittersweet finishing is just perfect for me. GM, if you had made this 43% like the 1975 GM, boy it would make wonders; likewise to the 43% up to 46%.
Putting the amazing 42 years aside, as that alone would make me think "wow, 42 years it's great and so old". No compensation points given.
Definitely curious about the 1960/1996 GM bottle as that is also at a sad 40%.
Baked pears, oak, malt barley quaker oats. At least, on the nose, there is an explosive character of baked apricot and freshly squeezed lemons.
Definitely not a Vitamin C dram, as I would call Convalmore to be. Lacks in citrus, I'd say sliced lemon gone past 2 days in the fridge. Some bits of pepper, organic compounds, nail polish, boiled pear, green apples, sourdough bread, diluted honey water, and chestnuts.
Dry and 'smooth', medium-long. The texture is thick and oily though without much to offer. At least it's waxy, despite the downfalls of its lack in complexity or robust profile that is synonymous with Convalmore.