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06 Jun 2011

Coleburn 1979 (Rare Malts)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Coleburn

Pretty funny to read opinions on this Coleburn 1979 in the Rare Malts series. Everyone seems to think it’s not particularly good, but still most say it’s the best Coleburn ever bottled…

Coleburn distillery went down in the 1980’s like so many of its neighbours.


Coleburn 1979 Rare MaltsColeburn 21 yo 1979
(59,4%, Rare Malts 2000)

Nose: floral and zesty with waxy undertones. A little damp and earthy. Crystallized orange. After some time it shows sweeter notes as well, I’d say cereal cookies and hints of coconut cream. White grapes. Lemon. Always some delicate peat in the background. Mouth: a sourish citrus kick up front, with some mint, then gaining sweetness with some apple juice. Clean and slightly perfumed. Lemon peel. Overall quite neutral, fading on ginger and oak. Finish: again quite neutral. Bitter oak. Ginger. Some pepper.

Given the reputation of Coleburn, this is a nice surprise. Especially if you’re a fan of an old-fashioned, slightly austere Speyside style. Still available in some stores, for around € 180.

Score: 87/100

Coleburn 1979 (Rare Malts) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-06-06
  • Steffen Bräuner

    I don’t know why Coleburn has a bad reputation, we did a vertical with 14 or so different ones a few months, and they were all splendid


  • Ruben

    Coleburn tends to be a “difficult” whisky – it doesn’t have the usual Speyside fruitiness / sweetness. Maybe that’s a set-back for most people?

  • Geert Bero

    My favourite Coleburn is the whisky agency fossile series one
    A top whisky if you ask me




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