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Review: Convalmore 1977 28 year old

August 17th, 2011

Convalmore 1977 28 year old, 57.9%, £155

OK, confession time. This remains one of my favorite whiskies ever, a classic example of what long, slow aging in a refill cask can do for a whisky — increase its unctuous nature, bring out butterscotch, ginseng, honey, deepen the orchard fruits, and release a dazzling spiciness on the tongue. It has balance, it has finesse, and there’s not much left. —Dave Broom

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 93

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17 Responses to “Review: Convalmore 1977 28 year old”

  1. lawschooldrunk says:

    Does this have any connection to cragganmore (because of the design)?

    • Mary says:

      Funny – that was my question too so I looked it up in my copy of “Whiskeypedia”. Convalmore was last owned by William Grant (now closed/dismantled – 1985)- Craggenmore owned by Diageo. Both in Speyside – Convalmore in Dufftown; Craggenmore in Ballindalloch.

      Convalmore is very rare – therefore the higher price. They also have a 24 yo, 1978 -“Rare Malts Series” 59.4% ABV

  2. Convalmore closed in 1985, Diageo sold the buildings to Grant’s in 1990. I am pretty sure the reviewed whisky is a Diageo bottling under a sub company name. Grants uses the warehouses for their own stuff afaik


  3. I was surprised to see this whisky posted. There can’t be much of it left for purchase. I think we sold out of it two years ago… Great review, wish I had this a couple of years ago!

    • Red_Arremer says:

      Me too, Andrew… I guess maybe Dave just reviewed it as an example of one of his favorites, which is kind of cool in a way…

    • sam k says:

      Hence, “there’s not much left,” eh?

      • Red_Arremer says:

        I wonder where it is that there is still some left after 6-7 years– I have a feeling Dave’s review will be very welcome by some whisky shop owners in the uk who’ve been having trouble kicking out their last couple of bottles of this…

    • Bryan C says:

      I actually found one of these in a grocery store in Dufftown earlier this year. Needless to say it is now sitting on my shelf 🙂

  4. Ricardo says:

    I’ve got a bottle of this stored away for a rainy day.
    Don’t think there were many available originally.

  5. mongo says:

    i’m curious: how much did this sell for when there was a lot of it around?

  6. $218.99 Canadian in Alberta. Plus 5% Sales Tax

  7. bj reed says:

    My very first bottle from SMWS was a Convalmore distilled in 1978 and bottled in 1993 – Still have most of it 🙂

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