Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Closed For A Reason

Closed For A Reason
My tasting note for this dram - admittedly written after a long afternoon of tasting big Australian red wines - reads in full:
A good ordinary dram. Decent malt, light fruitiness. The initial nose was like a whisky smell from childhood.
I've tasted only a handful of whiskies from Convalmore, and none of my notes really get any more enthusiastic than the one above. Hence the title of this post.

In 1985, Convalmore was one of five distilleries to close. In 1983, eleven had shut down. The Scotch slump of the eighties meant that producers had to face some hard choices. I'd hazard a guess that it was probably easier to choose to close a distillery which didn't produce a particularly outstanding whisky.

About Convalmore
You can still see the distillery buildings, although these days they are just used for storage by William Grant & Sons (Glenfiddich and Balvenie are neighbours to Convalmore). There's plenty of detail over on Malt Madness.

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