Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
47.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L34C 4213 1402
Added on
05 Jul 2019 7:52 pm by wbarchive_660584

Average value

€ 1236.75

10 × in wishlist

20 × member ratings

64 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 30-year-old

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.33 points

  1. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

    I'm 1/3 into this bottle after opening this three weeks ago, it seems kinda tight. Not very complex at all, kinda of dull. Water doesn't seem to help much. Will see if this opens up more in the coming weeks.

    I'm now down to 1/3 left and this isn't really doing it for me. Not bad but not great. And not good for a $1000+ bottle.:-(
    • Nose
      89 89
      Vanilla, very light sour fruits, barely. You would think at 47.3% abv it would push out more than it does.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Musty light chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel. Very soft flavour.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium, a little bitter with sour winey notes. Not much to add.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2021] This is very expensive stuff and I wonder if it is worth the heavy bucks...

    ...and actually, it is not. This was distilled around the end of the last whisky crisis in Scotland (1983-1989) and obviously the budget cuts did harm the quality of the spirit and/or maturation at Balvenie too (maybe they bought some cheaper barley or used below-average casks due to the budget pressures, who knows).

    I strongly suggest to do some basic research on whisky vintages before buying such expensive stuff - provided you want to enjoy it not just by looking at the bottle... Oops, just if you care: As a drinker I would not spend more than 100 Eurobucks on a bottle of such drinking quality - and this is not a joke!
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is amber and the nose offers a delicate but somewhat shy old-style Highland profile with the trademark Balvenie honeys supported by nuts, waxes and autumn floral notes. This is nice but actually I expect a little more from a 30-years old maturation of one of the finest malts of the Speyside. After some breathing... not that much happens which is again strange for such a long maturation. This smells like a much younger dram, and it does not really smell like my beloved Balvenie to be honest.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is a little weakish too for a 30-years long maturation of one of the finest spirits of the Speyside. The complexity is somewhat limited compared to other drams of a comparable age and the wood is dominating over the malt flavours which happens often with rather leached (exhausted) casks. Did this dram fell victim to the budget cuts of the last whisky crisis? It seems so, in a blind tasting I would have guessed an average Speyside dram of a second-tier distillery (Balvenie is first-tier, usually) not older than 18 years.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The initial mouthfeel is warming but a little hot-spicy with some bitter-drying tannic moments. The finish is of medium length only which supports the thesis of a rather below-average-quality whisky distillation because the length of the finish (like the initial mouthfeel) is very much determined by the oiliness (texture) of the dram. This is the ultimate test of the quality of distillation, finally. The finish turns distractingly bitter-astringent towards the end, which usually indicates leached casks again. Water releases some more aromas in the nose (shy fruits) and turns the taste smoother but not more interesting. I like this dram best when a little reduced to about 43% abv.

  3. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    deep, but clear, easy to read whisky, incredibly balanced and calibrated to the smallest detail.
    91 (n23, t22, f23, b23)
    • Nose
      The aroma gently intertwined with Balvenie's signature features: honey, vanilla, fresh bun, and grapefruit. The noble shades of aged whisky are felt: cracked wood, old leather, lacquered furniture, chocolate, figs.
    • Taste
      Taste: soft, with notes of croissant, vanilla cream, fudge and honey. Tannins are felt, but they do not dominate, but only shade the main composition.
    • Finish
      Aftertaste: long, smoothly flowing, warming. The first wave consists of the nuances of sweet pastry, honey and yellow apple. Then spice spices and milk chocolate appear. Following are the tones of delicate oak and the flavor of a cigar.


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