Convalmore 1978

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Stated Age
24 years old
59.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Nov 2007 12:18 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 932.32

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262 × member ratings

418 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Convalmore 1978

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.01 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior


    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. ConvalRen scored this whisky 94 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
      94 94
      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 93 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. eselsim scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    phe no me nal
    loved every drop of it
    • Nose
      Wax fruits and honey covered digestive cookies, unlike any other speysider, fat and oily like that scent of flax seed oil
    • Taste
      Fresh fruit, a lot of it, like really, but that gets intertwined with earthy and floral notes, perhaps those of dunnage warehouse, cocoa powder, dust, candles again!!! someone put them off!!!
    • Finish
      Did I detect a slight hint of smoke or I'm hallucinating? Maybe that comes from wood, or I'm mistaking this one for chocolate dust on a lemon cake ?

  9. whisk_guy scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    0.6 left
    opened for 4 months
    Glassware: Lehmann
    Colour: Gold

    Honey Bomb
    One of the best drams I have ever had
    Super complex, aroma keeps changing in an hour
    Full body, creamy, fruity, honey (My favourite style)
    • Nose
      95 95
      Heavy nectar and cooked honey, brandy, pineapple, orange, lemon, raw banana, ginger, waxy, candy, chamomile, nutty, hints of coconut, red apple, leather, oily, brine
    • Taste
      96 96
      Full body, creamy, super heavy honey, nectar, pineapple, matured banana, waxy, haylike, sugar cane, ginger, nutmeg, nutty, milk chocolate, little grassy
    • Finish
      95 95
      Heavy tropical fruit and sugar cane, nectar, cinnamon, nutty, light banana, oaky, spots of wax
      Length: Long (4ins09sec)

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93


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