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

€ 613.09

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169 × member ratings

316 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Coleburn 1979

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.34 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. dram-drinker scored this whisky 81 points Moderator

    The artificial notes are rather strange
    • Nose
      83 83
      Overripe papaya, vanilla, little ripe banana, orange juice, a bit flowery and soapy
    • Taste
      81 81
      Punchy, fruity, good sweetness, candy floss, little vanilla, again some artificial notes, something woody
    • Finish
      80 80
      Long, warm, more punchy, peppery, ginger, notes of cedar wood

  4. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    As most of Rare Malts Edition, the best is at mouth
    • Nose
      88 88
      Gentle and shy, woody smoke in the background
    • Taste
      91 91
      Dense and intense. Toffee and dark chocolate together with burnt wood
    • Finish
      87 87
      Compact with some weird metallic notes

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Creamy orange spicy waxy vanilla quite nice

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    I’m back at the Justerini & Brooks stand where 'The Last Drop' is enjoying an old blend. I have a good natter with Colin Dunn who points out the quality/value ratio at his stand. He isn’t wrong. I spontaneously plumb for a Rare Malts Coleburn at only £7. The problem with improvising, however, is I end up trying things I’ve already tried. Oh well!

    C: I’m talking too much to take sufficient notes. I did observe that there were bumpy patches en-route that held this whisky back from reaching top tier marks, but it’s very decent malt with that desirable & recognisable O&R air about it. A chalky > metallic=blend-like finish. Scores 87 points – the same score as last time as it turns out [WLP87], from a sample I purchased at the first Old & Rare Show in Glasgow in 2017.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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


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