Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
175th Anniversary
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
56.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 May 2017 6:08 pm by thebase
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 914.22

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123 × member ratings

153 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Convalmore 1977 CA

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.03 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram during the Cadenhead 175th Anniversary tasting in Campbeltown.

    A very interesting selection by Cadenhead and a worthy anniversary bottling.  I like it very much (except the price tag)...

    PS:  These strong herbal flavours seem to block my taste buds for other aromas as I find some very delicate and subtle drams (that I know very well) just dull and unimpressive after this Convalmore.  So this is an egocentric whisky as it lets no room for others after it (except even more egocentric stuff like Ardbeg).  Nevertheless I like it, but it should be placed at the end of a tasting session...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is old gold and the texture shows very late slow legs and very late sticky tears (there stays a fat ring at the top of the glass for some minutes). The nose is extremely herbal with some hints of these delicious far east fish sauces - very strange but really interesting (and quite complex).
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste again shows an extremely herbal and umami profile (I guess one can detect a two-digit number of different herbs in it) imbedded in a sound wooden structure. Some water opens up both the nose and the taste nicely, it adds chocolatey flavours to the finish (but the strong herbal aromas vanish somewhat). It is easier the drink with water added, but it is much more fun to explore it when neat.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives in the mouth a little hot but instantly coating. No drying nor bitter moments (after 40 years in the cask!). The finish is long and spicy (peppers, even some hints of salt), again no drying nor bitter notes.

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Samples available.
    • Nose
      Peach, mango, coconut, pineapple, vanilla and marzipan.
    • Taste
      Mango, pineapple, coconut, vanilla pudding and apricot. Quity peppery as well.
    • Finish
      Vanilla pudding, pineapple and apricot.

  3. Zinni scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    When this bottling appeared, I was looking forward to a malt like the fruity-playful 2013 bottled predecessor ... and was disappointed (if not shocked) by the first impression ... But this jubilee bottling was chosen back by the Cadenhead team. It's an insanely complex and exciting malt that needs no time to be discovered, with no salient feature (sherry, fruit, etc.). But this patience will pay off!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Wonderfully complex, a true fine spirit with filigree citrus notes, white grape juice with a dash of woodruff syrup ... 57%? Where did they hide?
    • Taste
      93 93
      Fresh, a bit of salt, after a short time then makes some wood noticeable (it may even after 40 years!) And he suddenly looks much older
    • Finish
      91 91
      Youthful sparkling onset, a pleasant feeling of warmth is noticeable (DA is the 56.8%!), Eternal, herbal-stressed finish

  4. WhiskyRates_by_Tommy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    very nice old whisky, the main character would be pineapple for this one.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Convalmore 40 ca
      Very strong Fruity waxy candle, plums sour mixed with big fresh banana, ripe apple. sweet strawberry sour, trace pineapple, light lady perfume as a whole, also traceable light vanilla cake, dried fruits. 92
    • Taste
      93 93
      Combined balanced sourness of plum and apple honey sweet and trace of smokethen goes to butter-like complex fruity sweet, I can find citrus banana apple in it. also spices along the side, the. It goes to a very noticeable and different pineapple tequila-smell-flavored taste, very special. 93
    • Finish
      91 91
      Woody chocolate, Woody sweet, mint, baked apples, sour plums. 91

  5. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Color: Full Gold

    Nose: Right off the bat, beautifully fresh and vibrant for a 40 yo malt! To be able to pick out Granny Smith apples with that much time in the cask is really something. In a lot of ways, this is a similar nose to the '88 Glenturret from the SV 30th Anniversary collection: sour, tart fruit combined with some interesting distillate character. There's also a clear farmy note presenting itself here. Usually, for me, that has a manure, earthy connotation, less so here; instead, it's more on hay and rural air. Starts becoming more robust with time in the glass. The fresh fruit recedes and savory, herbal side comes to the forefront. Soy sauce, chili pepper, cooking oil infused with the same. While I'm picking up some of these "big" notes that others have found, I will say they're not slapping me in the face. I'm having to dig a bit. Water brings out a more citric side, which mixed with the herbal base makes me think of lemon thyme, for instance. I'd still like a little more oomph.

    Taste: Intense arrival, very full-flavor and mouth-coating. This is not going to be an easy-going dram, at least not neat. The wood is having more of a say here, it seems. Interestingly, given the nose, the first thing to really jump out is very bitter chocolate. Also striking me is how "green" it feels. There's essentially no fruit to be tasted here neat, just the bitter chocolate and herbal qualities. Water definitely takes some of the edge off the palate. A little bit of honey now can peek through. It's quite good, but I wouldn't say it's extraordinary.

    Finish: Definitely on the bitter and drying side when neat. As with the earlier parts of the palate, water smooths that out somewhat and highlights the lightly bitter chocolate profile.

    Comments: Clearly not a dram for beginners. Of course, it would probably be odd for a beginner to be procuring a bottle of a long-dead but not necessarily well-known (outside of spirited enthusiasts) Speyside distillery put out by an independent bottler and costing quite a bit of money. So, in other words, collectors and other whisky nerds reading this: Don't pour this for your non-whisky buddies.

    As for the intrinsic quality of the dram, I must say can't help being a bit underwhelmed. This is still a very solid, good bottling. However, I don't think it holds up under close scrutiny to younger, cheaper options that do a better job, in my opinion, with the bitter, austere profile. For instance, I'd take mid-'90s Imperial in many of its current incarnations over this and save hundreds. Oh well, I'm glad to have a Convalmore and one of the Cadenhead 175th Anniversary bottlings in my collection.

  6. schero scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Blind tip:
    Approximately 30 years
    Bourbon barrel
    Approximately 50%

    Krass horny part. I'm pretty happy with my estimate. Thanks for the experience Eneloop2009 :-)
    • Nose
      Orange sweetness, popcorn, behind it really thick and creamy tropical fruits, mango and papaya and pure form, a few pastry notes come to sniff like mango muffins, in the end it is still slightly carburized, the second sip I have a grassy touch, this thick Sweetness stays
    • Taste
      Creamy sweet, banana, oak, extremely thick, light heat, yellow fruit
    • Finish
      The warmth combined with the yellow tropical fruits, lasts for a very long time, no dryness, but a lot of spice

  7. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Moderator

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Moderator

    Must have been a great butt - so fruity and spicy and not tired at all after 40 years - just fantastic!
    • Nose
      Very fruity, apricots, sticky and honey so intense that it reminds on some glue solvent but really not bad, more on spices and oaky notes too
    • Taste
      Punchy, oily, sweet, all kinds of ripe fruits, yellow, orange and red ones, spices, pepper, nutmeg, good oak wood - excellent
    • Finish
      Long, burning, spicy, zesty, sweet and more oak wood

  10. maltaholic scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Perfectly. For real.
    • Nose
      Not very dark in color - after 40 years in the butt.
      It smells light, rather unremarkable. The aroma is hard to tell - it has something lemon, fruity and spicy.
    • Taste
      A wolf in sheep's clothing. Wow! What a start. He comes with all his might, but not overwhelming. Creamy, spicy, ... warm and round. Saliva in my mouth, I float.
    • Finish
      Very mild woody notes, now some vanilla. This is one of the old varieties: no frills, pure barrel flavors in cask strength.


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