23 September 2014

19/09/2014 One Coleburn

Coleburn 17yo 1965 (40%, GMP Connoisseurs Choice, b.1982): I have had this in my secret drawer for a while. Today seems like the right time to find out whether it is worth getting a full bottle or not.

Nose: polished oak and varnish -- this is noble! Some spices (nutmeg, mace), herbs (mint, bay leaves), roasted coffee beans in the distance. The nose is surprisingly loud, for a whisky that spent thirty years in the bottle. Later on, sparkly cola and a whiff of dust, at last. It eventually dies out with slightly burnt, crusty banoffee. Mouth: oily, viscous, even. More banoffee (particularly the caramelised dough that sticks to the baking tin). Mint makes an appearance too, alongside light coffee and nutmeg. Still lively enough, this one! Finish: mint first, then light coffee and cola that ends up with flat Alka-Seltzer . Most peculiar. This note of effervescent Aspirine/Alka Seltzer gone flat stays as well, which spoils an otherwise promising dram. Grand nose, good mouth, weird finish. Probably deserves 7/10 all the same.

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