Coleburn 1979

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Stated Age
21 years old
59.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
27 Aug 2008 3:49 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 605,99

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155 × member ratings

290 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Coleburn 1979

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.27 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm 3/5 Whisky n ° 1344
    • Nose
      Intense spicy malt. Toffee rising in strength. Smoke and leather note. The fruits emerge a little bit.
      With a little water, dry malt with a slight smoke, in a rendering a little "Campbeltown"
    • Taste
      Intense and fleshy, hard for other aromas to make their way through all this alcohol. With water, a little chocolate and a lot of spices.
    • Finish
      Slightly peaty is the wood that comes out with water.

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity and grassy, slightly pungent. Green pear, unripe apricots. Cyclist with lemon. Some hay and vanilla pudding. Warm sand. Orange sherbet powder.
    • Taste
      Honey, floury apples, a hint of lemon. Red pepper. Warm mineral water. At the end slightly bitter and a bit bland.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Had this at the Gahering so no notes taken but I wanted to try this again as I had a bottle years ago.
    A great nose, a nice fat oily profile with some spicy sherry.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The two Coleburn that I tried before do not even come close to this Rare Malts release. It reminds me a bit of Clynelish in fact. Lovely surprise. Thanks, Chris!
    • Nose
      The nose starts somewhat herbal/floral on wild heather flowers and nettles. Lemongrass. A mild rubbery note, but that evaporates quickly to be replaced by lovely fruity notes of candied oranges and coconut. It becomes a bit waxy. Citrus becomes grand while pineapple kicks in. Wine gums. Becomes sweeter as it breathes. Very nice, actually.
    • Taste
      Wonderfully creamy on the palate. Prickles a bit. Becomes very waxy on quinine, citrus, mint, apple juice, sugared lime peels with a lot of spices like ginger, liquorice and some salt. The wood speaks up too. Woodspice and tannins. Yes, complex is the word you are looking for. 
    • Finish
      The finish is its Achilles’ heel though, if you don’t mind my saying so. Short, drying and bitter – almost astringent.

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    N: Starts off with a fistful of dry grasses [hay/straw]. a firm sponge with subtle vanilla>lemon essence, a [marjoram] herbal note, a subtle-fruit rolled-oat raw crumble spiced with cloves and a little dry farm/cowpat note [hot summers day dry]. The cask directs a firm savoury dry woodiness as the fruit crumble fades in & out. Seems a little cagey at the moment but i sense more curiosities lurk beneath. Later on we have a development of old oil paint brushes, metallic cream, rhubarb and jackfruit alongside more recognised Speyside floral notes and spongey & grassy tones - as detected first off. Add water for a more recognisable, softer, still farmy, broad savoury>sweet malt.
    T: Intense, sustained arrival with no peppery heat or troublesome spikes. Mouthfeel is oily [neat] and waxier with water, with a rubbery-spongey textural quality. Water allows flow & movement, though its journey is steady, relaxed and unrushed.
    F: A soft warm spiciness builds. The finish however is fairly short though it hums a little, leaving with it a savoury, slightly industrial/metallic edge. Not totally satiating, but most likeable and one you can put your faith in to return with more goodies.
    C: Look at all that blurb! On another day i reckon i could be happy with noting this simply as an enjoyable light-farmy, firm savoury-grassy, Spey-style malt with a decent body and an industrial edge - showing its best with a little water. On the other hand, it is a super-interesting whisky given its rarity, & un-commercial old Spey-style, one im so glad i have had the luxury of time with.Scores a B

  7. z-imaging scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Earth, old basement wet walls, musty, autumn leaves, snowflake flower
    • Taste
      Very oily, fruit sweetness, touch of pepper, herbal
    • Finish
      Very long with more sweetness

  8. Fortuna1895 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I bought the bottle a few years ago for about € 200, -. Hardly at home broke off when opening the cork. Grmpf! Only years later, more precisely on 22.06.2015, I made the decision to finally taste this drop. If I had, the cork would not be canceled, not made ... but the price has more than doubled since the purchase .... So, corks pressed into the bottle, put into empty (clean, dry) bottle, fumbled the cork residue from the bottle with great difficulty, original bottle (with water) rinsed, dry and the good drop from the "asylum bottle" backfilled. The Coleburn adventure could begin .... see above ... Conclusion: not the big, time-honored whisky, the price suggests. Rather a typical and yet special Speysider ... if for special occasions.
    • Nose
      A piercing nose, no wonder at just under 60%. Under the alcohol a pretty sweet smell. Sweetened lemon juice, sugar syrup, a touch of marzipan. Soft fruits sprinkled with icing sugar sprinkled on an oak board. The aromas are so integrated that water shows the Coleburn almost unchanged. He may have become a bit sweeter and more fruity. The fruits now offer their color: yellow
    • Taste
      Starts slightly oily. Malty, light sounds support the dance of passion fruits and peaches on a velvety, wood-scented floor. At the end, the alcohol packs well with a healthy sharpness. The addition of water makes me think that I have mixed it with a mixture of orange and lemon juice. The malt has become very sweet and its way to the tongue is lined with fresh sawn wooden slats.
    • Finish
      First sweet, then slightly bitter ... old barrel? No, no ... suddenly a few drops of fruit juice appear in the oral cavity. A fire owed to the alcohol, followed by some oak and malt. Leaves a light dryness & a dusty mouthfeel. the addition of water makes the finish look sweet, and yes, almost perfumed. It also shows a few drops of fruit juice. Otherwise, the tongue feels somehow occupied and a considerable amount of dryness remains.

  9. alectron scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Dramfest 2016 - Dave Broom Session
    • Nose
      musty, mustard seeds, vanilla, malty, dry oak. (87 / w water 92)
    • Taste
      oily, sweet, malty, vanilla, estery, citrus, herbal. (88 / w water 90)
    • Finish
      more sweetness, vanilla, almonds, cereal, citrus. (87 / w water 88)

  10. markkerr02 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Test 075: Closed distilleries -071201 Vote 1. Glencraig 28Y / 1975 + 29Y / 1975, 25 votes 2. Glen Keith 32Y / 1973, 11 votes 3. Coleburn 21Y / 1979, 8 votes 4. North Port Brechin 28Y / 1977, 6 votes 5. Braes of Glenlivet 30Y / 1974 + 32Y / 1974, 3 votes 6. Pittyvaich 15Y / 1984, 2 votes 7. Highland Park 18Y, 1 vote
    Testimonials Per Eriksson Coleburn 21Y 1979 59.4% Rare Malts Scent: Malt, sweetness, apples, spirits, chocolate, weak tons of citrus Taste: Spicy, pepprig, sherry toner Aftertaste: Spicy, peppery, medium, chemical tone Score: 85 Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Coleburn 21Y / 1979, 59.4%, OB - Rare Malts; 892: - kr Color: Gold-colored Scent: Vanilla tones, fruit tones - cherry Taste: Light, vanilla, slightly fatty, chocolate tones Aftertaste: Short - medium with vanilla tones Score: Without water: 78, with water: 82 http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2075%20St%C3%A4ngda%20destillerier.html


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