Glenturret 30-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
43.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
31 oct 2018 8:38 pm by Astrid

Average value

€ 620.84

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71 × member ratings

194 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenturret 30-year-old

16 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.87 points.

  1. Kawa_ZX6 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Users giving the highest ratings and owning a closed bottle of it? Really? Why?

  2. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Glenturret 30 year old SMSW 43.3%.

    30ml sample from an older dumpy style bottle (not the swish-looking post-Lalique-takeover bottles).

    Dark golden yellow.

    Aroma instantly gives that impression of whisky made before production techniques were cleaned up. Feinty cheesy notes. Pineapple and cheese party sticks. Some parmesan/butyric. Given air the cheese dissipates leaving mostly bright fruit notes with some earth.

    Body is moderately oily.

    Taste is rounded, salty, quite complex in its delivery of egg custard tart, flower stems and blackberry jam. Hints of things like ginger and honey and jammy fruits. There are sherry casks in the mix for sure. Some sulphur in there but not in a particularly offensive way.

    It has a surprisingly front-loaded flavour with a clean, short finish. There’s a good amount of body with all those rich jammy flavours and then it sort of dies a death on the swallow. Some lingering char.

    This is an interesting and flavourful, flawed whisky. It’s feinty on the nose and a little sulphured on the palate, but it has all sorts of complex intense flavours going on, and it's certainly rich.

    So, it’s a mixed bag – in some ways great and impressive, in other ways not. It's a little sickly; I even find 30ml a little wearing but I could definitely work my way through a bottle in 20ml drams. But, at the £1650 asking price, I won't be doing so! 3.375/81

  3. EricLeeee scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The overall expression is very soft and smooth, however, while the fragrance of the finish is certainly characteristic, it relatively lacks the thickness and richness that would be expected from a long cask ageing. Moreover, the strength of 43.4% makes the flavour presentation at some stages seem slightly thin and pale.
    • Nose
      90 90
      It starts with rich vanilla and cream, accompanied by a thick waxy texture, full of honey, floral notes, sweet corn, and ripe little orange sensations, then sultana toast and citrus oil, as well as some light nuts and orange peel, a hint of tobacco can also be noticed. 90/100
    • Taste
      89 89
      The palate starts with a rich floral aroma and a fatty oiliness, then thick nuts, cream, and vanilla, then the acidic fruitiness starts to dominate, with ripe orange and peach sensations bursting through, and some rare light oak notes. 89/100
    • Finish
      86 86
      Med-short; perhaps the low strength makes the finish less of a 30-year-old whisky and much shorter than I expected, with the cream and vanilla denseness disappearing relatively quickly and the dryness and oak bitterness being surprisingly absent, leaving only the freshness and fragrance of floral notes and sweet oranges. 86/100

  4. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Gareth74 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It’s just a number mr. DeVito.

    Old whisky is really not very affordable these days. Not that it was ever ‘cheap’, but now it is becoming increasingly difficult to find anything over 20+ years old that can be bought and drunk without feeling guilty you’re depriving your kids of their inheritance or just that nagging feeling you’re possibly pissing (literally) good money up on the wall. As such there will be less and less people tasting older whisky, which is both a shame and also a weird position to be in for a lot of distilleries, to be in the business of making something that is slowly becoming too expensive for your end users and the further up the scale you go with age, the smaller pool of prospective customers becomes. There still the odd bargain out there to be had though. Glenfarclas’s epic 40 year old is still a real bargain for the money even if it has double in price over the last 6 years or so and at the other end of the spectrum Deanston’s 18 year old is almost ridiculously affordable at £60 in todays climate. And then there is older bottles of Glenturret’s 30, which can still be found at auction for not insane money. But these things are becoming increasingly rare. It’s a joy to try them more so when they are a gift. Cheers Ilja.

    On the nose and it is boisterous! This is all hot oaky pineapples and Wrigley’s Fuicy Fruit gum. Spicy and almost tropical? This really is quite a big nose for such a weedy ABV. If you’d have asked I’d have sworn blind it was something around 46-48%. It’s got muscle. It also smells like a bit of banana toffee has got into the mix. 15 mins in and the nose is noticeably calming down and now more of the wood is appearing under a toffee glaze. There’s more bourbon notes peaking though, a little sourness and some mustard seed and old ground ginger and some custard, a some freshly opening cornflakes. All very tasty, for my nose that is. Time let the tongue

    Ooooh, almost effervescent? Sparkly, tingly, what a strange sensation. Has this been in a SodaStream? Never experienced this before in a scotch. The tropical notes arrive and the sweetness and toffee and some ginger and leather and then things start to fade. It’s very moreish, like watching Danny DeVito and like Danny DeVito it is undeniably short. Very good. But very short.

    Maybe 10-20 years ago this would have been a reasonable price for the whisky it is, but today, well, even at todays insane prices it’s a hard thing to justify once you factor in the price (which appears on the surface to be a bargain). There’s bigger and better out there for less fun money. Trying something so old is a rare joy but one should never be swayed by merely a number. Put it this way, for the same money you could have had 4 bottles of the 2020 12 year old Maiden Release from Glenturret and I know which one I’d choose for the money.

    Cheers Ilja for the chance to try this.

  6. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Amazingly fresh. Freshly sliced apple, beeswax. White chocolate, kiwi, cranberry.
    Peanut and Hazelnut.

    Beautiful fruit notes, apricot, raspberry, cranberry. Creamy mouthfeel, combined with the fruit notes almost like a fruit cream yoghurt.
    Oak provides subtle highlights, but is more reserved overall.
    Light nutty and tobacco notes.
    Definitely a whisk that, despite being in the barrel for 30 years, has not been killed by it.

    Was there something? Vanished from mouth almost immediately after swallowing.
    A light bittersweet chocolate note. A hint of apricot


    A beautiful whisky: fine balance and great fruit with a creamy body.
    The only drawback I see is the very short finish.

  7. olegborgol scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    22-21,5-21,5-22 nose quite good fruit and honey, pepper and citrus bitterness are added to taste though taste and finish sag a little
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    21+ 21 20 21 83+

    not bad, but did not live up to expectations ...

  9. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The long maturation period is noticeable in this bottling. There are very nice strong oak aromas here. It's a pity, however, that the drinking strength was so low and also that the finish is really a bit short and weak. The price is probably reasonable because of the age (nowadays), almost even "cheap". Even at the beginning of 2022, it can sometimes still be had for just under €300.
    Now that I've tasted and become familiar with this bottling, I really enjoy sipping it in large sips. And I keep every sip in my mouth forever. This works wonderfully with this drinking strength. It should be at least one second per year of maturity. This is very delicious and this is where this bottling can really show off its strengths.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lovely, creamy, balanced, soft and mature on the nose. Sweet and sour. Caramel, Leather, Pipe Tobacco, Hazelnut Chocolate, Vanilla, Ripe Raspberries, Overripe Kiwi, Dried Apricots, Wet Oak, Green Apples, Dates, Gooseberries, Oak Spice.
      As it gets warmer, it comes across as significantly fresher, but also with more acidity.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Quite powerful for only 43%. Warm and caressing in the mouth, slightly oily and salivating. Full oak, tannins, rose water, vanilla, kiwi, quince jelly, dried oranges, ripe gooseberries, peach, leather, light milk nut chocolate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium finish. Quince jelly, vanilla, oak spice.

  10. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I came to this rehearsal like a virgin to a child. A big thank you goes out to our patron of Whisky Evening Uwe (al.Little Dram). He had instructed André to give 10cl to Moses after the video. Great idea. Because after my notes I immediately and without hesitation stashed a backup from the bargain Dutchman.
    • Nose
      A blonde 30 must be so fine on the nose, then it is sewn on the edge. Bottled at exactly the right time. Finest furniture wax with fresh lemon mint chocolate notes applied to the oak furniture with a rough leather cloth. A nose of the upper class. The oak also appears discreetly in the background. Those who are patient and breathe in slowly will also find the delicate scent of meadow flowers. Everything is fresh and inspiring in summer. I haven't had that for a long time and it doesn't happen often. Thank you for this wonderful hobby!
    • Taste
      Strong, full-bodied and without disturbing hints, it can be celebrated on the palate. Impeccable texture with salivating freshness and fabulous wood dominance in a class of its own. He consistently delivers everything that the nose promised. That's the way it has to be. Sweet and sour and in the style of Ritter Sport Whole Nut, it lives up to its age. With a little mint freshness from the wood sawmill, the transition begins.
    • Finish
      Unfortunately, he cannot fully score in the final, the 43% are probably a bit too pale for that. But not too much deduction ... and if so, then only in the "B" grade. If I think now for a moment that this price of 239 € is actually a top PLV, I will give it the "88" ... and who knows how it will convince me even more afterwards when the bottle is then removed up to the shoulder . PS. I can fully sign the advertising slogan on the label: "BY HAND AND BY HEART"

  11. larswehmeier scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Great look into Glenturret's past. Surprisingly fresh on the nose for a 30yo. With its waxy and cheesy aromas, it shows the "funk" of the 80s in whisky making.
    • Nose
      Very exciting, varied nose.
      Waxy and ripe. But at the same time still fresh with a light sweetness of peaches and apricots. Fine cheese note.
    • Taste
      Mouth filling. Creamy and mild. A lot of chocolate. Leather. Oak. Intense and ripe in taste. Nuts.
    • Finish
      Relatively long for the low alcohol content. Surprisingly mild and hardly dry or bitter.

  12. Gris did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    @Northern&Isles: Jim Murray... LOL

    (Seriously, stop buying this charlatan "bible")

  13. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    The oldest Glenturret so far as an original bottling, next to the brand new Maiden release from the end of 2020.
    However, this costs 5 to 6 times as much. !!!
    Therefore this vintage 30 year old from 1987 - 2018 is a real real bargain, although it is actually not really cheap. But even Glenturret of the same age from the independent bottlers either cost the same or are even more expensive.
    Jim Murray awards 94 points here.
    He calls this malt "on the edge".
    From my point of view that is true.
    Age-related at the upper limit.
    But of wonderful balance, balance, great finesse and class.
    All essential features and elements are super integrated, even if perhaps just a little.
    Yes, there is a lot of old oak and its oak flavor in the finish. But neither over-dominant nor too intense.
    Also not bitter, not unpleasant, not too sour.
    Long and intense, but at the same time filigree, almost delicate, and very complex.
    Otherwise there is a fantastic mix of rather light fruits and stone fruits such as apricot, peach, apple, gooseberries, slightly bitter white grapes.
    Plus clearly everything from the citrus fruits, especially lemon and light grapefruit including peel, pulp and juice.
    In addition, there are clearly nutty flavors, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, marzipan, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, and also to some extent tropical fruits such as pineapple and coconut.
    In terms of age, actually at the limit, but the master distiller apparently just married the casks at the right time.
    Very clear and unambiguous recommendation.

  14. Arwen scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    247.50 € by 12.2020

  15. yggr scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. rampah scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Surprisingly weak finish for 30 years of maturation.

    I do like it, but I did expect a lot more considering the price and its age.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86


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