Coleburn 1965 GM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Miniature
40.0 % Vol.
50 ml
Brown Label
Added on
26 nov 2014 5:44 pm by ARDBERG

Average value

€ 45.89

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Whisky Reviews for Coleburn 1965 GM

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.25 points

  1. grinface scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is an old-style beauty with a few edges. Great to be able to try something and impressive for 40%. Does anyone happen to have a large bottle? I would be very, very curious and would like to try it out. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/02/24/old-rare-flight-005/
    • Nose
      89 89
      It's a classic old sherry nose. With red berries and washed out brushes. With different woods, from pine to cedar. Overall, the nose is sweet and sour, I would say. There is also a sour fruit component. I would say orange.
    • Taste
      88 88
      This is how it continues: Slightly acidic and then dry again. With some malt it comes across as creamy, oily and salty. Plus edible paper. Goes very well with the “dry”.
    • Finish
      87 87
      And again a perfect transition: dry, sweet and sour. The sherry notes come back with chocolate and raisins. The wood notes go into the tree sap.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    N: From what appears to be fully bourbon-matured malty malt, notes include glycerine, beeswax, pine/cedar wood [the brilliant Serge again], hazelnut-y/husky gooey confectionery and ice cream desserts. An hour later we’re talking of Shreddies with a nice varied sweetness and subtle vegetal smoke-peat with some Bovril-like Pan-Asian flavours that exceed all expectation.
    T: Initially sweet-sharp, seemingly distillate first, oak second. Travels along a barley-straight road thereafter before softening delightfully and turning more woody > malty and a touch cardboard-y-dry [quibbles really].
    F: With a fusty honey dunnage profile, we’ve a better bourbon finish than the Forester [WLP], with an apt fungal > fresh conclusion.
    C: Fabulous bourbon-like whisky with a malty heart.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: We are in banoffee pie territory here and who can argue with that for a start. Lots of caramel and toffee here with butter-fudge and thick/wash-like malt.  Theres a big dose of oak showing here - mahogany and pinewood and an age of around 18-22 id guess. Id guess a sherry cask considering the rich and creamy, banana, orange liqueur and sticky raisin ginger cake body. Theres some freshness too along with vibrancy despite its 40% abv.
    T: Complex/multi-faceted and powerful arrival. Surprisingly spirit led [sweet~sour] but it revealingly moves to a drying and fresh fruitiness before developing to a softer, viscose/waxy oakiness.  Adding water bizarrely brings out the spirit’s astringency so id go neat - after all its only 40% [the minimal abv for whisky], but this one is powerful enough nevertheless. I think alectron’s ‘ink’ note is inspired  - for me specifically ‘Parker’ pen cartridge ink, blue ;]
    F: Moves to a fresh and thick woody gluey mouthful with ground pepper, spearmint and bitter vanillas finally showing through. Quite fresh at the end with dry, sour & sweet tannic stewed apples and dry vanillas. Still with a spirited vibrancy till the last with a chocolate-raisin maltiness at the death. Give it time for a surprisingly long reveal [at least 10 minutes for the sweet maltiness to show]
    C: Well aged, old style [Speyside] malt with lots of depth and character. Not an easy one but well worthy of an accolade.

    Scores a B+


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