Convalmore, 32 Year Old, 2017 Release, NV

  Convalmore

£1095.83 for 1x70cl
3 btls
 
Convalmore, 32 Year Old, 2017 Release

A rare and unusual old whisky, subtle in style yet possessing considerable hidden depths, that shows fantastic balance and poise as fruit rolls into spice, then into sweet herbal notes and back again, its characterful spirit clearly aided by excellent cask influence. Makes a luxurious apéritif.

Appearance: 18CT gold. Good legs and very viscous.

Nose: A mellow base aroma, soft and sweet, like a buttery pastry case, lightly dusted with nutmeg ready for a custard filling, or perhaps almond oil and oak shavings. Above this, there’s a fruity filling of gently sour apples, spiced pears and ripe melon, orange peel too, before an intense brown sugar sweetness builds. The spicy notes continue to develop ,with clove and cinnamon-laced biscuits balanced by candied lemon, more sharp apple and an underlying green herbiness. A drop of water introduces a waxy note and suppresses the fruity elements.

Body: Light to medium. Smooth textured.

Palate: Smooth, sweet and fruity, with a trace of crisp acidity and oak spice to balance the sweetness before it can cloy. The apples and pastry on the nose persist, now caramelized and bitter-sweet, as part of the fruity centre palate. With a splash of water the taste becomes lightly sweeter, while light acidity again steps in to reveal more complexity. The fruit is savoury; light floral notes appear; the oak picks up char; the spice is toasted and fragrant.

Finish: Warming, spicy and lingering, with liquorice that fades to stewed, baked and fresh-sliced apples and warming oak that persists in closing, bitter-sweet flavours.

Contains Sulphites.

About Convalmore

Production began in 1894 just outside Dufftown, near the River Fiddich at the heart of Speyside. Designed by local man Donald Mackay, the distillery took its name from the Conval Hills.
Founder, Peter Dawson, took as motif for his well-known brand Dawson’s Perfection the bluebell, symbolic flower of Scotland and a common springtime sight on Speyside.

His distillery enjoyed good railway links and its whisky was always in demand by Glasgow merchants, including James Buchanan, who took over in 1906. However, fire broke out in the area of the tun room on 29 October 1909. Convalmore was rebuilt, to produce steadily save in wartime until finally falling silent in 1985. Sweet starting, maritime style with a characteristic lingering, smoky finish.

Appellation: Speyside

Speyside is located within the Scottish Highlands, and is named as its own region due to the large number of Scotch whisky distilleries operating in a small area (i.e. 84 working distilleries including some of the world’s most famous) who produce whisky in their own distinctive style. Slightly sweeter and often richer in style, Speyside is the perfect region for beginners and connoisseurs alike.

There is no doubt about it, Speyside is a very special region indeed. Over half of Scotland’s single malt whisky distilleries can be found within this one geographical area, a fertile valley of the River Spey. A traditional Speyside single malt whisky would not be dissimilar to the Highland whisky, with a robust character and hints of the well-known peated flavour. However in recent times, a much broader spectrum has evolved from light and grassy whiskies to rich and sherried expressions. Usually lacking the peaty punch of the Islay and Highland Drams, these whiskies are difficult to pigeonhole. There are no definitive rules as to the characteristics of Speyside whisky, especially as age often brings increased body and most are matured in either ex-bourbon or ex-sherry casks which adds depth and complexity.

We certainly believe that there's a dram for everyone in Speyside!