Continuing on the road to 1000, we have my first Convalmore.
You know, that closed distillery that there’s barely anything from these days. I don’t know if companies are just sitting on stocks or whether there genuinely is nothing left of it.
There’s been a few in the Diageo Special Releases from various ages and vintages but they are seriously expensive and I haven’t been able to try any until this one I tasted earlier in the year.
This one is from just one year before they closed in 1985 and is brought to us by the wonderful folks at Gordon & MacPhail.
Convalmore 1984 Gordon & MacPhail 52.2%
Nose: Floral, dry wood, a green note like a herbal green bell pepper, some lemon and vanilla, slight soap maybe, geranium and rose petal, almost sugary green apple like an apple crumble, turmeric spice.
Taste: Floral from the off with then chewy Parma violets, oily oak, soft and quite light for cask strength but good mouthfeel, some vanilla in there too, kinda creamy going more to the dry side as it goes on.
Finish: Medium/long. Creamy milk chocolate, oily oak and some black pepper. Nice finish
From a refill sherry Hogshead, 1984-2007 @ 22yo. Must have been very refill because there’s no Sherry notes to this whatsoever. Kinda surprised with how floral this was as well, probably would have guessed it as a Lowlander blind but has some notes in common with Mortlach from Bourbon barrels.
Another one off the list of distilleries I haven’t tried!
Thanks for reading!
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Whisky Network Review #979
Network Average: 75.1
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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