700ml // 47.3% ABV
This 30 year old whiskey won the Best Speyside Single Malt at the 2013 World Whiskies Awards
Tim Forbes: Old-style Highland-esque tweediness, with fruit syrup, old church pews and marmalade. Stunning fruit explosion on palate.
Davin De Kergommeaux: Lovely Fruitiness. Sweet tobacco. Wonderful.
Ed Bates: Some fruit very well intergrated with spice and vinilla and a touch of wood smoke. The palate is soft and rich, with a touch of bite to keep things interesting at the death.
Hannah Lanfear: A weighty nose that forewarns of a bruiser. This whisky has texture in spades, a late night dram. A palate that reminds of a wood stove, crackling away, a little resin hanging in the air and a touch of prune-like fruit below.
Michael Lord: Bounty bars from an oak wrapper double dunked in honey and cream.
Jonny McCormick: Star anise and patchouli. Dark rums, nougat and chocolate. Dark raisins, more chocolate and dates.
The Balvenie Thirty is a rare and especially fine single malt for which David Stewart selects only exceptional casks that were laid down over thirty years ago. By marrying The Balvenie slowly aged in traditional oak whisky casks with that aged in European oak sherry casks, David creates a rich, mellow Scotch whisky with unusual depth and complexity. ‘Thirty’ is bottled at 47.3% ABV to capture all the signature characteristics of The Balvenie.
Nose: Silky smooth and honeyed on the nose with mellow oaky tones and hints of candied orange peel.
Taste: Great depth with rich dark chocolate, hints of plum, marzipan and caramelised pear.
Finish: Exceptionally smooth and warming with gentle spice and lingering sweetness.