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Overall rating
84.60/100
votes
8
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Miniature
Vintage
1969
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Label
Brown Label
Added on
26 Jan 2015 5:35 pm by gb21011971

Average value

€ 20,00

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Whisky Reviews for Convalmore 1969 GM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.60 points

  1. Zinni scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      moldy (almost rotten) cellar, wet cardboard, OBF en masse ... homemade vegetable broth, not quite fresh mushrooms, some sherry mixes in the background
    • Taste
      84 84
      At first it gets a bit watery, but then gains strength and spreads warming in the mouth, caramelized malt, apricot
    • Finish
      87 87
      would give him more than 40% (as so often with the old brownies), dextrose

  2. MaltMartin scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this 'shy' and salty Convalmore from the end of the 1960's on a lazy Sunday afternoon in October 2018 with my good friend CaskStrength.
    • Nose
      Typical 'brown label' nose with earthy mossy notes intermingled with soft tones of yellow fruit (pineapple, mango and pear). Some honey maltiness and violet. Whiff of smoke as well.
    • Taste
      Unexpectedly salty at first mouthfeel. Followed with honey clover, custard and cake mix. Toffee-treacle sweetness. Also cedar wood and cinnamon. Slight peatiness at the background.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Liquorice. A little ginger. Cloves. Salty at the end again.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: In 2016 its got to be 46% but in the 60’s and 70’s, 40% was often spot on. Same story with the last two Aberfeldy’s i just polished off - WB & WB. I’ve had this Convalmore before scoring it a B-, but i had to contend with OBE. This one hasn’t got it [on the nose at least], so its blue skies thus far. So, power - check. Descriptors: paper/cardboard - so plenty of wort. Theres plenty of methylated spirit here, so thats pure ethanol really, minus the purple dye. The main impression is of a perfume however. Despite the dense body, the notes are light and ethereal. I get rose petals, potpourri,  almond & cherry biscuits [another one for the cook book and back to the distillate], orange<mandarin essential oil, putty=toffee,….  ok lets dive in.
    T: Oh, theres that OBE, soapy again - maybe it is the whisky and not OBE? Mouthfeel is lovely, oily=buttery, with a balanced malty=oak development. Becomes rather neutral flavour-wise yet ever solid and strong. It’s nutty for sure with a little [white] peppery chocolate, but its oaked and malty in the main.  
    F: Dry again, with a disappearing act,…. no not exactly -  the remnants hover in the sky/on the top of the palate. Key lime pie and a little oily-industrial spirit remains.
    C: Hey, it’s not a bad malt but not really what i wanted to follow the rather special 1966 Aberfeldy WB. Let me see what i have as a finale. Ooh, this will do WB

    Scores a B-

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: This follows two other closed distillery whiskies, both from Coleburn’s: 1981 WB & 1972 WB. This one indicates more hope than those. Theres plenty of OBE along with soot & ash, oily mechanics floor, oily barley, buttery paraffin, chlorine [thats a first], a yeasty white wine and [paper mache and wood] glue. After time its oily vanillas and furniture polish that endure before the more floral potpourri and soft [pink] candy materialises. Definitely interesting and with time its rather complete, an old style 60’s NAS with oomph - great start.
    T: Damnit, an industrial-soapy arrival - I wasn’t expecting that, this could be ruined. With a drop of water the grain opens up and the dry, cracked oak appears. More vanillas and a generally soft/feeble journey with a faint coal note throughout - the soap notes largely dissipated but the metallic, industrial spiritiness still present. After more than an hour theres more of an overall oily, deep tarry barley profile, bordering on a light-bitter liqourice still with the vanillas playing ball. The OBE is diminished to a large extent and as a result is far more rewarding.
    F: Dusty, dry finish, floors again in general workshop form but dry oaky, milk chocolate vanillas and soft, sherried, furniture polish are offering a fine conclusion. Its gritty and oily all the way through. Despite the oakiness its the industrial spirit that tends to grab the most attention despite spending most time behind the scenes, but again after an hour its the light-bitter liquorice than persists rather favourably and a fine transformation has occurred.
    C: Despite a 5cl bottle at full level im crediting OBE with much of this whisky’s downfall temporarily. Time however solves most of these issues. Its old style all the way with an incredible amount of vibrancy for 40%. This is a demonstration of how time can heal [mostly] all wounds.

    Scores a B-

  5. gb21011971 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Needs some air time to open up. Before that alcohol and oak dominates.After giving it some time many floral and citrus notes develop. This is still a very oaky whisky, but in a good way. Adding water doesn't change it much, I rather prefer it without.

    My guess is this is a pretty young Convalmore. Curious if someone knows the bottling date.

    The 28 and 36 year old distillery bottles from 1977 are much better in my opinion.

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