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This 21 Year Old was already bottled in 1998 by Cadenhead in their Authentic Collection, meaning cask strength. In this case, a whopping 64,4%. Knowing that the industry standard is actually 63,5%, one can only wonder at what strength this spirit was put to sleep. I better keep water close by. On the label, it still says Convalmore-Glenlivet.
Boy, what a creamy nose. It is all about beeswax and paraffin. Underneath a whole range of yellow fruit. Oranges, apricots, peach, maybe even some pineapple on syrup. Nuts. Turn that into praliné. Touch of leather. Crust of freshly backed white bread, no kidding! But wait! It is not over yet. Humus and wet leaves, green twigs and moss emerge as well. A walk in the forrest after a heavy rain. Nice, very nice! Lastly there is a delicate smokiness. This is a grand nose!
Wow, this does not need water, who would have though? Very creamy on the palate with loads of honey, citrus, mango, lemon grass and a touch of oak. That takes care of a smokiness that offers true character to this Convalmore. Spices: pepper, salt and even a touch of curry.
In the long and spicy finish, I get a lot of liquorice, bitter oranges and almonds.
Masterful and very quaffable Convalmore with a nose to die for. Wow! Thanks, Teun.