- 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
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Whisky Reviews for Convalmore 1978
27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.79 points
- Bottle # 4649 sold empty at ebay.
- Notes from a blind tasting
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
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.
- Excellent old staff!
- Tasting Whiskynotes.be :
Convalmore 24 yo 1978
(59,4%, Rare Malts 2003)
Nose: interesting, with hints of unripe banana, dried fruits and soft vanilla but also more austere notes. Tarry ropes, wet limestone, a few metallic notes. Lamp oil. Plenty of medicinal touches as well. Hints of almond cream and mint. This style is now extinct. Mouth: again fruity notes and hints of cake, mixed with sharper austere notes. Bitter oranges as well as candied ones. Candied ginger. Oily notes again, waxed oak. White pepper and herbs. Becomes slightly soapy with water. Finish: long, although it’s mainly on spices and herbal notes, with a malty sweetness in the back.
This is far away from modern Speyside whisky, it’s more demanding and has some rough edges. Not quite 90’s material but definitely one to try if you have a chance. Auction value around € 300.
- Lovely, complex Convalmore, but next to unaffordable if you can still find it. This is only my third Convalmore, but what treat. Thanks, Chris!
The nose is very waxy and inviting. I get all kinds of citrus fruit (mandarin, lime, blood oranges and a hint of pink grapefruit), upholstered with coconut, honey and some diesel oil. In the background I get some sultanas and green tea, something of menthol and chocolate. Almonds? Feel free to call this complex.
It is mouth coating, round and oily and immediately reminds me of beeswax, honey and tobacco leaves. The fruit slowly shines through. Almost tropical. Lovely on citrus like on the nose, with some herbal tea and mango in the mix. The menthol returns and precedes a trace of woodsmoke, which I really like. This is almost like a mix of Clynelish (maybe even Brora!), Mannochmore and Bladnoch to me. Wonderfully old school. Delicious.
The finish is quite long, remains waxy and fruity, but the menthol and woodsmoke have the final say.
- 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!
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.
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.
Long. Malty. A bit bitter at the end.
- price 2018 ~ 500
N: This leads on nicely from the Coleburn, given their regional & stylistic similarities. This is however far more chatty first off and sweeter, with honeyed tart-ish fruits and a handful of sultanas alongside a sweet-smokey farmy note, apple pie, oaky chocolate and dried nettle [tea] leaves. It shares with the Coleburn the same oily abv pow, both bottled at a whooping 59.4%. Whereas the Coleburn opens up [like most malts] over time, unprecedentedly this Convalmore appears to become more astringent & stubborn. That aside, theres a really interesting industrial vs rural complexity going on. Adding water brings more astringent firmness [a fruity-ish Mannochmore if you will], with a little malty/beer leather developing and occasional flashes of [synthetic] fruity essential oil vibrancy, alongside used plasters [Serge took me down that path], aromatic spices & camphor - good just got goober.
T: Partially stubborn on the palate too but most desirable, a style I like. Savoury>oily, thick, full bodied yet squidgy on the surface - in English: firm on the inside, softer on the outside. Taste-wise we have a straight-ahead/no fuss oily-barley/malty style with a fascinating combo of waxiness, herbal[tea]-fruitiness and coal. Theres also the mouthfeel to be savoured, one that becomes slicker & slicker with a shy ode to Brora.
F: Waxy-fresh finish longer than the Coleburn, and though somewhat floury=metallic, its cleaner and a touch closer to satiable.
C: What a good pair, this & the Coleburn. Both are excellent and I liked both just as much, though the Convalmore pips a few more points for that mouthfeel, finish and a little more complexity.Scores a B+