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Whisky Reviews for Coleburn 1972 GM
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.40 points
- This one is distinctively dirty, so it's one for the lovers only... In it's own league, it's quite good!
An odd nose... First I thought I smelled various sorts of dung. Later, it improved, and I think that it's a very earthy, boggy and dirty trace of peat that's in there. Somehow, the comparison with tomato plants is not that bad...
There is also a sweeter associated side, which makes me think of juicy peaches and orange liqueur. It ends with a hint of walnut.
It's quite rounded, with less of the weird earthy flavour (although they are there, also the tomato plants). Tinned peaches, honey, orange liqueur, they all get bigger now. Then, there is mint, some putty, and a mineral side (limestone)
Medium, on polished oak, tobacco, again some earthy peat, orange liqueur and walnuts.
- ‘A bumbling old vintage’
N: Following on from the spurious 1981 JM WB, theres something very particular/odd here but i can’t quite nail it. Heinz sandwich spread, orangey-tinned tomatoes, some putty/grease and worryingly a touch vomitous - theres fermented fruit juice and some putrid dairy produce thats troubling my nose. Lets hope that all subsides. The off-dairy note soon becoming more oily, the grain and far-reaching oak seemingly playing ball with each other, but after half an hour there are still oddity issues. Worcestershire and horseradish sauce notes make for an uncomfortable culinary combination, brie in tomato sauce over pasta [never try this - trust me it is a disaster]. Yep its not right at all. Ooh ive got it! Its two things and they aren’t desirable. One is foot odour from hot trainers and the other is moth balls - mild but there, mixed with soot and shoe polish to disguise the naphthalene [or dichlorobenzene of more modern balls]. Lets see what else we have in store. After an hour however, a lot of the undesirables are faded and there are more developments - tobacco, caramel coated licourice, mild furniture polish/creasote - but that fermented orange juice is always close, as too is a subtle sweet dairy note. So we’re full circle.
T: Another prickly start but much softer than the JM with pleasing amounts of oak showing with a medium heavy brush of minerally/gritty, honeyed, workshop-varnish. With or without water however it can’t get out of the blocks and its a clumsy performer to say the least. Despite all the oak, the spirit still bites and the more water i add [in mouth] the more it exacerbates the spirit.
F: After lots of fumbling and bumbling its a quick finish of dry, ashy, oaky vanillas. Metallic, oily notes linger - more points off.
C: Hints of quality are few and far between for this bumbling old vintage. Incredibly and despite all its flaws i still find it rather drinkable, a sweetish spot in the middle [oak led] giving me the generosity to score it, just.
Scores a C-