Archive COLEBURN 38 ans 1981 G&M

COLEBURN 38 ans 1981 G&M 55,9%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 56321

Bottled in the Private Collection range, this 38-year-old 1981 Coleburn is made from a unique first fill sherry hogshead barrel. Founded in 1897, Coleburn closed its doors permanently in 1985. This version, exceptional in its richness, brings out the best in this Speyside distillery.

Profil : Riche, sherry. Fruits confits, mangue, tabac blond, sous-bois, menthol.

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Product details

Tasting note

  • Appearance : mahogany
  • Nose : sherry soaked fruit aromas with a touch of beeswax polish; juicy black cherries drizzled with rich caramel leads into fresh coffee with a subtle smokiness.
  • Palate : dark chocolate, coffee, and ripe plums; dried fruits and sherry soaked cherries, reminiscent of rich fruitcake; subtle flavours of oak and liquorice emerge with a slight nuttiness.
  • Overall : long; rich fruitcake, coffee, and toffee note s evolve into leather with a hint of smoke.
The brand


This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

The line

Selected by the directors of Gordon & MacPhail, the whiskies that make up the Private Collection all present exceptional quality and character. These rare, vintage single malts are usually from the top distilleries (Caol Ila, Glenlivet, Longmorn etc.), and are presented in very limited, sometimes totally unique bottlings. “Decades” is also part of the Private Collection range; this consists of six bottlings of Glenlivet, one per decade from the 1940s to the 1990s.

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