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Coleburn 1979

Overall rating
87.48/100
votes
183
Whiskybase ID
WB3297
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1979
Bottled
10.2000
Stated Age
21 years old
Strength
59.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L19N00967969
Barcode
5000281015873
Added on
27 aug 2008 3:49 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 774.13

43 × in wishlist

183 × member ratings

367 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Coleburn 1979

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.48 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. minialkoff scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    2332

  4. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    22 23 22 22 89

    The smell of a bee hive, lemoniness, and
    a lot of delicious) solid without question!

  5. Ghi79kiRd scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Without water / with water
    87/89
    Burning gone, nose opened with the addition of water

  6. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    The first Coleburn I try, and from the legendary Rare Malts Selection series ...
    1979 year of distillation - I was 1 year old when it was poured into barrels ... And the fact that the distillery was wiped off the face of the earth gives a special charm and speeds up the heartbeat ...
    Nose: floral and spicy, mineral (ash), wax polish, light haze of an extinct fire.
    Taste: first fresh with sourness (mint and lemon), then vanilla sweetness (eclair with butter cream) and pungent woodiness (ginger and oak) appear.
    The finish is quite long, woody and spicy (peppery); at least the effect of light anesthesia is felt for 5 minutes ... Of course - 59.4% is not a joke to you.
    A very nice malt, unlike anything else.
    2322'9
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. mnljng scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Simon Stood scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An interesting experience. Unusual style.
    • Nose
      A little spiritually at first. You need to let me breathe. Ripe fruits with cookies, rich and varied.
    • Taste
      Round, tight, buttery. Unripe fruits with sourness. Interesting.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, rich, dry with peppercorns and dry grass

  9. maltaholic scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    It has indeed become rare - and expensive.
    Let's see...

    Despite its almost 60%, it smells soft and round.
    The alcohol appears to be well integrated (or has faded in the last 20 years).
    Woody, straw-like, fruity.
    Over time, it becomes stricter and smells more spicy.

    Oh, very hard acceleration, very strong.
    My mouth is going numb, furry.
    One of the most powerful experiences I've had.
    He needs a drop of water ...

    It's a shame, it's more bitter and spicy now.
    The slightly fruity note is gone.
    Bitter wood in the foreground.

    Hmm, yeah interesting.
    But € 600?
    You are crazy...
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  10. Ulcinj scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

  11. dram-drinker scored this whisky 81 points Photo 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

  12. 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

  13. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Creamy orange spicy waxy vanilla quite nice

  14. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/03/15/the-old-rare-show-2020-part-3a/

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/flash-flood-friday-old-rare-samples-2/

    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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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)

  22. 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

  23. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Expressive nose on cereals. Not very expressive mouth on cereals. Final bitter. No.

  24. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Exceptional malt. Tasty nose, surprising in the mouth and unfortunately hard to find. :(
    • Nose
      Slightly smoky, grassy or floral. Something sweet, but it goes in an indescribable direction. Delicious enough and totally without a miss note. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.
    • Taste
      The alcohol is fully pure, because it will probably need to come into play water. Otherwise, I found light coffee and cocoa notes. Try with water. It becomes more harmonious in the nose, more musty, the cocoa beats easily. A pretty interesting diving note point of view every now and then. Immediately a honey sweetness in the mouth, reminds me of a Balvenie. Then it explodes when swallowed. Chilli, pepper, something he releases.
    • Finish
      Through this fireworks is still very long of this whisky in the mouth. The finish is neatly long.

  25. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Floral, herbs, grassy, lemons, smoky peat, coconut, grapes
    • Taste
      Cereals, spicy, toffee, citrus, lemons, apples, mint
    • Finish
      Long, warm, sweet, spicy, pepper, oaky, dry

  27. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose: oak, then very herbaceous, earthy, pumpkin, spicy flowers, maybe a little peat, a profound sweetness, very idiosyncratic and unusual.
    Mouth: Earthy, salty, light peat, the herbaceous notes remain, oak, slightly bitter.
    Finish : salty-sweet, tart oak notes, peppermint on the finish.

    Conclusion: a very idiosyncratic Speysider. Somehow it tastes "old-fashioned" again. Despite all the strange taste components for me no false mark. Everything fits perfectly together and therefore forms a very interesting overall flavor. Not for all days, but delicious.

  28. zby0001 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  29. Cast Olila scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  30. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Light bodied.With some water it becomes a fitting libation to match sushi.
    • Nose
      Smoky with a faint whiff  of burnt rubber.Restrained fragrance, like wild flowers on a meadow.Drying lemongrass.
    • Taste
      Smoke and salt from a hint of japanese, roasted seaweed.a meandering tone of ginger and tangerine zest. Trace of butterscotch. Slightly oily and a bit tannic/woody .
    • Finish
      Departing rather quickly. Short and dryish. No trace of the initial sulphury-rubbery whiff.

  31. klohmann scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Given the reputation of Coleburn, this is a nice surprise. Especially if you’re a fan of an old-fashioned, slightly austere Speyside style.
    • Nose
      Floral and zesty with waxy undertones. A little damp and earthy. Crystallized orange. After some time it shows sweeter notes as well, I’d say cereal cookies and hints of coconut cream. White grapes. Lemon. Always some delicate peat in the background.
    • Taste
      A sourish citrus kick up front, with some mint, then gaining sweetness with some apple juice. Clean and slightly perfumed. Lemon peel. Overall quite neutral, fading on ginger and oak.
    • Finish
      Again quite neutral. Bitter oak. Ginger. Some pepper.

  32. The Macallan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Truely it`s a rare malt, the vanillins where quite present and some lovely estery notes. A mild dram with some vanillins, oak and daskh of peat. The finish lingers on but it`s reasonable long and light.

  33. Whisky1978 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A smooth floral whisky with some mint and spicy tones

  34. aby scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    nose: lovely vanilla, slight peat, 

    taste: vanilla, little bitter, young potatoes

  35. airoldiluca scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      81 81

  36. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

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