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24 Oct 2013

Coleburn 1972 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Coleburn

Gordon & MacPhail have bottled several Coleburn 1972 expressions, bottled in the 1990’s with the beige map label. This is a rather early one from 1993.

 

Coleburn 1972 / 1993 G&MColeburn 1972 (40%, Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 1993, old map label)

Nose: really old-style, with lots of grist and dust. Hints of gravel. Hay. Dried flowers. Also grains, hazelnut and a little eucalyptus. Some sweet apple, but I wouldn’t call this fruity. Mouth: very sweet now, oakier as well. Very malty, lots of Frosties. Cinnamon chewing gum. Ginger. Tobacco. A slight peaty note in the back? Finish: medium long, with an oaky dryness, nutmeg and a tonic bitterness.

Well, not a real highflyer and definitely whacky in some respects. On the other side, I really like this kind of dustiness and it’s quite interesting. It seems to get really bad scores here and there but it’s worth trying. Thanks Joachim.

Score: 80/100

Coleburn 1972 (Gordon & MacPhail) 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-10-24

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  • WhiskyNotes: You're right, it is a refill bourbon cask. Sorry if I suggested otherwise, but I believe a single cask can never be 80% sherry and 20% bourbon like th
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