Convalmore 1977 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 1345.00

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Whisky Reviews for Convalmore 1977 CA

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.02 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. MaltMartyr scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The nose and finish are notable. The body carries the beverage to the desirable finish. Its a complex beverage which has definitely matured. It drinks like its well over fifty... ABV, that is.
    • Nose
      94 94
      fresh squeezed orange juice, pina colada, leather, orange rind, loads of sweet honey citrus fruit (sweet succulent clementine tangerines, etc), some wood.
    • Taste
      87 87
      honey pepper citrus fat, orange rind. Water brings out hints of strawberry.
    • Finish
      88 88
      citrus pepper nice narrow through tongue to back of the throat dry orange mouth feel makes for some seductive salivation.

  5. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Convalmore-Glenlivet 40 yo 1977/2017 (56.8%, Cadenhead, 175th anniversary, butt, 522 bottles) Five stars

    So one of Cadenhead’s 175th bottlings (while we aren’t even done with the 150th at WF Towers!) that comes together with some old Caol Ila, Banff, Caperdonich, Rosebank or even Ardbeg. What would we do without Cadenhead these days?

    Colour: pale gold.

    Nose: these very awesome and very fresh notes of herbal teas, citrus, and fresh green ok (that’s not quite oaky). Ripe kiwis and lime flower tea, lemon pie and chamomile, hints of buttered popcorn, mint and chives, grape pips oil, a touch of fresh basil, a little camphor, and a hint of fennel. It’s this herbal freshness that’s really impressive, I guess that butt was ‘very refill’. We shan’t complain.

    With water: goes towards a little more tropicalness – always a good sign – with rather unripe mangos and bananas. Some nutmeg and white peaches in the back.

    Mouth (neat): amazingly powerful given its age, herbally sharp (or sharply herbal) and even kind of spiky, with all herbal drinks of the creation, coated with some lemon cream and a wee feeling of pine wood. Lemongrass, peppermint, green plums, green pepper, lime… Indeed, it’s all green.

    With water: swims perfectly well. Lovely herbs-citrus game, always fresh, complex, with lime zests in the background. Would you call some 40 yo malt whisky ‘a thirst-quenching dram’?

    Finish: long, well-chiselled, always very herbal, but without any excessive green tannicity. Rather some kind of lemon-centre-filled chocolate in the aftertaste. Comments: gives you faith in today’s whisky scene. So when’s the next Convalmore coming?

    SGP:571 - 91 points.


  6. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. DrunkDude scored this whisky 90 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

  8. 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.

  9. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    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

  10. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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


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