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

€ 681.91

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175 × member ratings

320 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Coleburn 1979

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.33 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. 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

  4. Ulcinj scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Creamy orange spicy waxy vanilla quite nice

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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


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