N: Ive had an interesting night on the tasting front. Firstly a bad ’68 Benrinnes and then a so-so ’76 Cragganmore. This is my first Convalmore and im liking it. Sherried/sweet [rancid] milk with a touch of sulphur, [sherry] sponge, lemon & orange fruity peat, clotted cream, Parmesan & Brie cheese and vanilla/banana yoghurt, After time, classic Speyside characteristics form, revealing a thick, yeasty, peaty, sugary-sweet, citrus maltiness with a dairy, sherried, peatiness to boot.
T: No doubting its Speyside roots. Heaps of lemon with a good amount of wood maturation to soften and sweeten with sprinkles of fine pepper throughout. Soft, floury malt develops too but its an earthy, chalky bitterness that encroaches. Adding water consolidates everything but it then becomes one-dimensional. Whats impressive is the intensity of flavours despite it being bottled at 40%. The caramel influence is at a minimum with regards to taste, well integrated.
F: Bitter-lemon chalkiness with some grassy freshness.
C: I enjoyed the nose. I can’t say i was too excited thereafter although the intensity of flavour was impressive. If bitter-lemon is your thing, you may adore this. Very interesting presentation no less.
Scores a C