Single malt whisky - tasting notes

07 Jan 2014

Convalmore 36 Year Old 1977

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Convalmore

Convalmore distillery is located in Dufftown and it has been mothballed since 1985. Although it was owned by DCL (later Diageo) until the end, the site is now part of William Grant & Sons, who use it as a warehouse for Glenfiddich and Balvenie whisky.

Diageo now released this European refill cask matured Convalmore 1977. It rounds off our series of reviews from the Diageo Special Releases 2013. Yes, they can keep the Port Ellen, thank you.

 

Convalmore 36 Years 1977Convalmore 36 yo 1977
(58%, OB 2013, 2980 btl.)

Nose: fairly restrained, even a little quiet, considering its alcohol volume. It shows soft fruits (orange lemonade, apples, kiwi, maybe green mango). Some almonds and waxed oak. Honey. Big minty notes. In the background also a little moss and very soft herbs. Quite elegant, sure, but… Mouth: a similar (slightly unripe) fruitiness, with more grapefruit and lemons now. Blossom honey and a creamy, biscuity sweetness. A little paraffin. The first part of the palate is where this whisky really shines. Then it grows sharper and goes towards moss again, some earthy notes, liquorice. Mint. Heavy spices towards the end (pepper, ginger, nutmeg). Finish: long, with warming spices, apples and fresh lemons.

It’s not very fruity, it’s not very spicy, it’s not very sweet, each element comes in waves and changes quickly after. Overall a complex but subtle whisky that’s very tasty yet never blew my socks off. Very expensive: around € 800.

Score: 91/100

Convalmore 36 Year Old 1977 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2014-01-07
  • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    91 means it’s excellent, doesnt seem to be so by your notes, Ruben (not that i can ever think of affording it)

  • MARS

    As I have tryed more than a few convalmore, the notes make more sense. For me it seems to be excellent as most convalmore. But I think ruben is not a fan of the convalmore style (who is a little special).
    The sad part is the price. Maybe if I win at the lottery…

  • WhiskyNotes

    What I rather meant is that it certainly is a very good whisky, but given the price and the extremely high scores on other websites, I had higher expectations. In any case it’s not my favourite among the Special Releases.

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