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Convalmore 1978

Overall rating
89.93/100
votes
243
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1978
Bottled
04.2003
Stated Age
24 years old
Strength
59.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281017419
Added on
06 Nov 2007 12:18 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 671.53

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Whisky Reviews for Convalmore 1978

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.93 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Under-frickin-rated.

    I’ve had this enough to declare I love it. I love this style. A waxy, honey bomb. Such a rare style, if not extinct then endangered for sure.

    Waxy, buttery, honeycomb, honeysuckle, fresh honey, mountain honey, clover honey, creamed honey... Feel me? Biscuits or shortbread, soft herbal tones, mint, licorice. Astounding mouthfeel and depth. A classic style for me. The rare malts puts it into high powered form, as they seem to do.

    I’ve been slugging my way through my friends bottle (thanks!), but bought a back up. I need this like my kids need milk.

  2. jocmueller scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Bottle # 4649 sold empty at ebay.

  3. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Once drank in Summer 2017 at a very generous friends home, rated 91 then. From memory, I had always described Convalmore as a fruit bomb or fruit nuke. The setting for this distillery is always as a dessert dram.
    • Nose
      94 94
      The first whiff is distinctly fruity goodness - peaches, green apples, unripen bananas, orange zest, candied apple, kaffir lime. Nutmeg, almonds, candied ginger.

      Metallic scents are quite prominent but dissipate over a while. There are minor hints of smoke resulting in a lightly smoked ham like fragrance. Old spices dominate the nose, white pepper, mint, cinnamon and sage.

      Old books, dusty attic, hay, damp leather.

      Moving on, it continues on as a herbal garden. Green herbal notes with beeswax, star anise, gallangal, leaf chlorophyll.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Thick and gooey butter and oil laden whisky this is. The texture is almost as thick like syrup, very oily like a Clynelish. Sweet butter, soft tones of peppermint oil and an oddly satisfying amount of salt.

      Fruity notes show up again though not as prominent as on the nose. Buttered orange cake, banana again, papayas, coconut shavings, dried mangoes.

      Spicyness isn't like pepper based but rather ginger. It has a slight tingling feeling that does not numb nor sting.

      Give it time to develop, the first 30 mins isn't going to present the main performance.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long finish, continuously spicy and fruity. Feeling of paraffin coats the mouth. The oilyness feels like fish oil rather than plant based oil. Its salty and kippery too. Minor bitterness to the end.

  4. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I expected a lot from the station wagon RMS and Conval, but he surpassed them again, great, somewhat freaky part.
    • Nose
      Rough apple with skin and core, dirty malt and a little motor oil, chestnut, hazelnut, peach, hint of black pepper, nutmeg, a little leather, coconut flakes, ginger
    • Taste
      Great, raw, slightly dirty fruits straight from the field, red and green apple, peach, pear, pumpkin, sweet malt, forest honey, thyme, fennel, black pepper, white grapefruit and eucalyptus
    • Finish
      Brilliant freshness, eucalyptus, green apple, fresh ginger and pear, long

  5. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very good Convalmore. Nothing jumps out at you, but there is enough complexity here that I would like to have another dram, on a different day, to see if there is any flavor development. There are many subtle flavors in this one. A contemplative dram. Sample from a friend. Thanks Bill!
    • Nose
      I'm in a metal factory, surrounded by fields of flowers, with hints of fruits in the background -- papaya, dried apricots, dried mangos. This is very intriguing.
    • Taste
      Thick and heavy, powerful, peppery and, sure, it's a bit hot, but it's a very nice entry nonetheless. The hints of fruits in the nose did not materialize, but there is some sweetness here. With water, a bit of lemon and vanilla come out.
    • Finish
      Long. Malty. A bit bitter at the end. 

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind tasting
    • Nose
      initially reserved - dusty oak which could also be old-aged residual smoke with few PPM, slightly warm, comes subtle soft orange, sweet-sour with a tendency to plum and apple juice, candied lemon zest, beautiful old spices (maturing) with a complexity and elegant restraint like you can barely find them today. more warmed up: Now he really gets going - apricots, orange juice, tobacco leaves, vanilla cake with sugar crust, floral scent, rose water to jasmine, mint and birch sap - mouth-watering nose. So far, clearly a bourbon barrel - now comes the orange peel and orange oil as well as bitter oily notes that also remind of old sherry casks - the complexity is impressive
    • Taste
      a droplet - citrus explosion, with mint and oak crawling along my tongue, it tingles and the oak spreads its "birch sap" charm with some anise and pepper and many complex interwoven spice aromas - the next drop makes my mouth fruity - astringent Palate of the very finest, old wood with cellar notes, tree fungi, moss, beautiful age - dynamic in waves in motion the finish is eternally long, loses first the fruitiness and then lies dry, spicy, fine waxy on the palate until the next meal.

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2005]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 2384 that I bought for 69,50 Euro in June, 2005.

    [July, 2016]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 71 Euro in November, 2004.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90 both times.  My notes state this is a very rich, oily and complex dram.

  8. Andytka3 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    1434) Convalmore, 1978/2003, 24YO, Rare Malts Selection, Natural Cask Strength, Limited Edition

    Day 43 of Lockdown - 29th April - 1st day of extended MCO 4.0, I am itching to trim my hair again.

    N- Not a day to day brand name that can easily found on the bar shelves, let alone this is a long lost distillery that closed since 1985. With its production life dedicated for the blends, fruitiness are at heart as it shows on this, one of the only three official releases under its rightful name after almost 90 years working at the back scene. Penetrating sweet phenol with rounded fruit at high pitch. Citrus come along with nectarines of milky honey, peculiar sweet grassy and floralness. OME are apparent and building up generously, baby talc, teasing sour wood and spices. (92/23)

    P- A skillful good kisser, love the passionate grips and touches that stimulate the palate instantly. Firm and mouth watering with playful creamy fruits, warm toasted sandalwood and oily walnut. (94/23)

    F- Long, succulent, powerful yet so tender. Elegant spiciness build up at the back, leaving the mesmerizing coat of oily fruits to shine upfront. Funky green grass ogio jello. Warming with plenty of weight, satisfying. (94/23)

    B/B- 97/24 Fluent and memorable, one to make love with.

    Weighted Rate- 94pt, +1 for and rare old malt.
    • Nose
      N- Not a day to day brand name that can easily found on the bar shelves, let alone this is a long lost distillery that closed since 1985. With its production life dedicated for the blends, fruitiness are at heart as it shows on this, one of the only three official releases under its rightful name after almost 90 years working at the back scene. Penetrating sweet phenol with rounded fruit at high pitch. Citrus come along with nectarines of milky honey, peculiar sweet grassy and floralness. OME are apparent and building up generously, baby talc, teasing sour wood and spices. (92/23)
    • Taste
      P- A skillful good kisser, love the passionate grips and touches that stimulate the palate instantly. Firm and mouth watering with playful creamy fruits, warm toasted sandalwood and oily walnut. (94/23)
    • Finish
      F- Long, succulent, powerful yet so tender. Elegant spiciness build up at the back, leaving the mesmerizing coat of oily fruits to shine upfront. Funky green grass ogio jello. Warming with plenty of weight, satisfying. (94/23)

      B/B- 97/24 Fluent and memorable, one to make love with.

      Weighted Rate- 94pt, +1 for and rare old malt.

  9. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It’s really good and quite complex, it needs some time to develop and also water helps here to bring out new flavours. Rich and nice mouthfeel. I love it.
    • Nose
      Vanilla and tobacco leaves at first. A hint of stewed fruits and honey. But at the moment it is still fairly closed and the scents are quite concentrated. Then a little coconut appears, followed by hazelnuts. Mandarins. Give it time and it opens up. Apricots here as well. With water: Fruitier and it adds lemons and also some mint. Caramel too.
    • Taste
      Quite a thick mouthfeel. Vanilla, coconut in the background and a hint of ginger. Hazelnuts. Tobacco leaves again. But I think it could use a little water as it is quite peppery from the alcohol. Oranges. With water: fruitier, beeswax, mint and caramel too.
    • Finish
      Long, pink grapefruit in the background and those mandarins again. Peppery. Water adds mint, coconut and caramel.

  10. Nosingbär scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Intense, spicy malt. Small sips already act like malt concentrate (even diluted to about 46% with water). 91/100
    • Nose
      without water: Immediately powerful, complex, spicy, aromatic flavors to fall in love with. Tender smoke, dusty vanilla, honey spice, a light, old grain note, dried apple slices.
      With water: Interestingly, first little change. Dark forest honey, beeswax, this old grain note, red apple, cherry. Grassy. Nutmeg. Now he opens slowly. Gets minty. Mild, floral notes. Interwoven with the honey, delicious. Candied orange peel. White wine notes. The beginning mild, floral notes are becoming more intense. Tobacco. Orange jam. Eucalyptus. Apple compote.
    • Taste
      Spicy, sweet, aromatic. Tender, cold smoke, damp cellar. Honey in all facets, citrus notes, herbs. A little anise. Flower nectar in the whole mouth. Overripe apples. Generally older than 24. Strong draft. Very complex, difficult to grasp. Extremely spicy. Intense mouthfeel, lots of power. Oily. Candied citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      Ui, there is a lot going on. Leather, beeswax, honey wort in abundance. Furry feeling. Long finish, the spice works forever. Mint, sage. Astringent. Tender smoke is noticeable here as well. Orange peels heated to release their essential oils to the air.

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