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A fantastic 36 year old from the closed distillery of Convalmore, silent since 1985. Matured in European Oak refill casks, only 2,680 sought after, natural cask strength bottles are available as part of Diageo's 2013 Special Releases.
Nose: Treacle, biscuits and fruity boiled sweets at first, but this one really opens up wonderfully, becoming more honeyed with mead and dried herbs before elegant spicy wood notes develop.
Palate: Warming wood continues on a vaguely Christmassy palate. Red apple, dark spices.
Finish: Red apple peel and soft oak, touch of smoke.
Overall: Plenty going on here - the nose especially is excellent. There’s still life in this 36 year old, a rare treat from a distillery that closed in 1985.
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Not much is known about Convalmore.. what I do know though is that this one was a fairly inconspicuous Speyside distillery that shut down in 1985. Back then most of its produce went into making blends. Now once you know all of this you begin to wonder what to expect from this expression that costs a whopping GBP 677... even though you know it has been matured for 36 long years before being bottled. But from the moment you bring the glass near your nose... all those apprehensions begin to quickly fade away.It starts with a lovely mix of red ripe apples with some herbal oils... what follows is freshly baked biscuits from a bakery along with some soft perfect notes of oak. After letting it breathe for sometime there are some citrus notes possibly some lemon that come throughThe palate starts with mild sweetness from honey and then there's a burst dark spices that fills your mouth.. as their effects wear off there are lots of juicy red berries and some apples as wellFinally the palate is again has a lot red apples along with some strong and rather refreshing notes of menthol. The oak cask in which the spirit lay for 36 years also makes its presence felt as it is time to say good bye to this wonderful expression.What's great about this Convalmore is that 36 years of maturation has ensured that each aspect of it is just perfectly balanced ensuring a truly memorable experience
25th October 2014