Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
17 years old
Oak Cask
62.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
30 Oct 2011 6:42 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 160.00

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16 × member ratings

24 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Coleburn 1978 CA

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.09 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2017]  ...continuing my CGBP-project (The "Cadenhead Green Bottle Period" lasted from late-1990 until mid-1998 and is characterised by its small size white labels).  I bought this bottle for 80 Euro in June, 2002.

    This is most probably THE MOST underrated of all closed distilleries.  Have you ever visited the site where this distillery was built?  It is quite easy to find (a road sign shows the way) but most people do not spent the 30 minutes to have a look at this magnificent distillery.

    Why magnificent?  Taste this malt and you will know...  Even neat this is a very smooth, complex and sippable dram, but its real beauty is unveiled after adding some water.  It gets a very big, massive and enjoyable malt, I simply adore it...

    It has a nice barley-sweetnees with lots of different floral and grassy flavours, totally mouth-coating and chewable.  The finish is quite long with lots of different waves of flavours and aromas.  Really, really delicious.

    Get your hands on any bottle of Coleburn at a reasonable price, you will not regret it!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    N: Allowing for the abv, heres a robust and astringent malt with a lovely old-skool vintage [bourbon] cask that delivers candied waxy fruits, lightly dusted with flour>sawdust, sweet limes/lemons, pineapple cubes & pear drops, some chalky-dried coconut, bubblegum, rum n raisin icecream, ripe bananas, creamy papaya, something firm & lactose and dried herbal notes also – rather vintage Bunna-esque. I liked this from the off, and its growing on me further. A few drops of water helps promote the richness of the oily ethanol with notes of rose apples, dried mango slices, honeyed coconut ice, rice paper, sweet dunnage/mould,… and theres an earthier side to explore. ‘Aah’ provoking.
    T: Excellent arrival neat or otherwise. Really shows off some super bourbon ageing [from a wunderbah refill surely?], with a light fruity, vanilled & honeyed-sweet dunnage putty profile. The lasting memory however is just how full-bodied a fruity, oily-malty almost carbolic mouthful it provides. Some joyous sweet-sour at play.
    F: Not too long but those pear & pineapple drops do hang around just as actual fruity honeyed lozenges would. Satisfying waxy/dryish, dunnage-y sweet-bourbon finish that is sure to evoke a few ‘dad noises’.
    C: Falls just short of the 90s due to being a little uptight, but compared to the two 1972s – leagues apart. Super decent astringent-sweet>herbal bourbon-led single malt, one that gives me ideas for a Mannochmore & Bunnahabhain blended malt combo. Now the once underrated Convalmore has had its status upgraded, is Coleburn next in line for a promotion?Scores a B+

  3. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Cheng Chee Kaan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Delicate nose with a light fresh sour front and a sweeter vanilla malt in the back.
    • Taste
      Strong and spicy arrival , Little oily and malty. Good body and the sour and sweet notes keep going up and down. Little chewy and a hint of spearmint sometimes. Very little wood at the end.
    • Finish
      Half long finish with all the flavours of the taste coming back.

  7. MaltMartin scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sample from a bottle of Dornoch Castle Bar. These whisky's from the 'Cadenhead Green Bottle Period' always are always fierce and citrussy with a lot of lemon and lime influences.
    • Nose
      Starts quite astringent with lots of Granny Smith apples and lemon skin. Peel zest. Dried coconut. Mint toffee and pine as well. A touch vanilla at the background.
    • Taste
      Wow, great punch! Remember, this is 62% ABV. Attractive mix of chewy cedar wood, chest nuts and some oiliness. Also kiwi fruit and lemon-sherbet.
    • Finish
      Fairly dry. Ginger. A little spearmint. Becomes more bitter at the end.

  8. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Cole Burn? A Speyside distillery that has been closed for more than three decades, but luckily not entirely forgotten. So far, I only had very few bottlings of this Lost Distillery. Two, to be exact. A likewise 17-year old UA from Gordon & MacPhail, distilled in 1965, which I liked very well 3-4 years ago as part of a tasting (OBP), as well as the strong, 21yo OA from the Rare Malts series, also a really great malt , A third bottling is still on the shelf, but at a later date. Therefore, it is very interesting to see the 17yo from Cadenhead's old Authentic Collection. The fill level of the bottle has suffered a bit since its filling almost 22 years ago, which is unfortunately more common in the old green CAD bottlings, in my experience. The corks are not the best. I almost certainly expect a crumbling cork, but my prudence in solving it is rewarded with a clean, completely intact cork. Eye / nose: optically pale, light gold. White wine. First impression in the nose is the very first impression rather unspectacular. Alcohol rises. But then ... the unmistakable smell of old malts is spreading. A feeling as if one smelled freshness and age at the same time, under it fruit notes. Red apples. I love this wholly indescribable smell, which I always find slightly grassy. That can basically be just a malt to my liking. Palate: Incredibly velvety and mouth-filling. Gentle and powerful at the same time. Are these 62% ABV or 46% ABV? Feeling a bit like picking up the malt through a nebulizer, it spreads out. Madness! Great tingling sensation on the tongue, in the truest sense of the word your mouth is watering. Some oak. Still fruity, without that I would highlight concrete fruits as dominant ... but also grassy, ​​although that should rule out the rules of fermentation actually. Finish / Conclusion: In the finish sparkling clean, nothing to criticize Mittellang. Pears, apples, a bit of lime, maybe even a hint of smoke, but really only a trace, possibly from the charring of the barrel. 17 years? This is another malt that makes me doubt that malts do not change significantly in the bottle anymore. I'm almost sure that the time, the last 21 years he has spent in the bottle since bottling, has not hurt him at least.


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