30yo

Ballantine’s 30 yo

December 8, 2014
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An excellent old blend that has its price (~€250). Nice and delicate fruity aromas are balanced with mild spices, there is no smoke to speak of. – Rating: 87/100

Aultmore 1982/2012 Wemyss “Sugared Almonds”

July 30, 2014
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The name of this whisky does not really do the fruitiness justic which I think is the primary component of this fine whisky. – Rating: 85/100

Glenlivet 30 yo 1981/2012 Signatory

June 19, 2013
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A wonderful dram with the wood kept in balance by the lovely fruit and spice aromas. The nose is to die for. – Rating: 91/100

Caol Ila 30 yo 1982/2012 Archives

May 21, 2013
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The peat has almost completely transformed into fruity aromas after 30 years. The wood influence is surprisingly gentle – very delicious – Rating: 88/100

Caol Ila 30 yo 1980/2011 Maltbarn

April 19, 2013
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There is an interesting savoury element in this dram, lots going on on the palate, only the finish is a bit timid. – Rating: 87/100

Bowmore 30 yo Sea Dragon

March 18, 2013
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Some aspects of the palate and especially the nose are truly fantastic, but underneath there is a slight watery feeling that makes me cut a few points. – Rating: 91/100

St. Magdalene 30 yo 1982/2012 Douglas Laing

March 18, 2013
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The nose is to die for, but on the palate this whisky is a bit edgy and not quite as harmonious as I would expect from a 90+ point dram. – Rating: 87/100

Port Askaig 30 yo Cask Strength

February 26, 2013
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Some very pleasant fruit notes are playing with the peat here. The mouthfeel is unusally creamy for a peated malt. – Rating: 87/100

Alberta Premium 30 yo

February 2, 2013
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A very nice nose is followed by a rather watery palate. Certainly a decent whisky, but a bit disapponting for this age. – Rating: 82/100

Glenugie 30 yo 1980/2010 Dun Bheagan

December 6, 2012

This dram delivers quite a massive attack of sweet and fruity flavours, the creamy and slightly waxy mouthfeel makes it even more sumptuous. – Rating: 90/100

Master of Malt 30 yo Speyside 5th Edition

December 4, 2012
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Unusual apple aromas can be found in this sherried dram, a very fine whisky indeed, with just enough wood influence to be noticeable. – Rating: 87/100

Karuizawa 1982/2012 The Whisky Exchange

October 27, 2012
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A fascinating mix of spice and fruit in this slightly unusual bourbon cask Karuizawa, the wood is always present but does not overwhelm the other flavours. – Rating: 89/100

Miltonduff 1980/2011 Malts of Scotland

July 22, 2012

A loveley old malt where age and freshness are perfectly balanced. Even at a low strength like this, it benefits from a few drops of water. – Rating: 88/100

Linlithgow 30 yo 2004 Release

June 22, 2012
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Not only the nose is fantastic, the palate gets an immediate spice punch which then resolves into a wide range of flavours. Pure pleasure. – Rating: 91/100

Karuizawa 1981/2011 Number One Drinks

June 8, 2012

This could be a quite remarkable whisky, if the weakish finish did not drag it down. – Rating: 84/100

Karuizawa 1981/2011 Cask 2634

May 20, 2012

After a very gentle start on the palate, this dram almost bursts into a taste explosion. There is a lot to explore in this malt, also the nose grows larger than Pinocchio’s after a while – Rating: 94/100

Karuizawa 1981/2011 Cask 6207

May 20, 2012

Rich in flavour but not overly complex, sweet and fruity but also a little edgy. – Rating: 86/100

Benromach 30 yo

May 3, 2012
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A very enjoyable and well-balanced dram, perfect for slow sipping. The jump in price compared to the excellent Benromach 10 yo is bigger than the jump in quality, though. – Rating: 86/100

Caol Ila 1981/2011 The Whisky Agency

April 1, 2012

Much of the peat has transformed into other aromas, especially on the nose, a very enjoyable dram. – Rating: 85/100

Lochside 1981/2011 Cadenhead’s

March 27, 2012

An execllent light bodied dram with lots of depth despite its subtle character. Everything is in its place in this flawless whisky. – Rating: 90/100