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Overall rating
86.80/100
votes
7
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Miniature
Vintage
1965
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Label
Brown Label
Added on
26 Nov 2014 5:44 pm by ARDBERG

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Whisky Reviews for Coleburn 1965 GM

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.80 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/02/17/mini-malt-madness-old-rare/

    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.

  2. 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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