Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
George Ballantine & Son (GB&S)
Bottling serie
Very Old Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
30 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Importatore : C. Salengo, Genova
it Italy
Added on
09 dec 2019 4:20 pm by sagara-kun

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Whisky Reviews for Ballantine's 30-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.69 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2021] A little bird told me this blend (most probably) contains old Ardbeg distilled during the 30ties of last century (as they did not produce during WWII) - but to be honest: Neither I nor any of my friends ever tasted an Ardbeg from the thirties so I have no clue which aromas and flavours to look for...

    ...and I do not care at all about this, finally. This is another excellent old blend from long-gone times which is simply delicious to sip. The profile is very different to the one I tried last (WB id 76706) with less fruits and more waxes, oils and herbs which indicates a very old Highland style - so it well can be distilled during the thirties. I did not find any significant peat-induced impressions so if there is Ardbeg in this recipe than the quantity was rather small (or the 30+years old Ardbeg from the thirties owned no significant peat flavours anymore). But hey, this is liquid history and it is a privilege to taste such drams more than 50 years after they were created and more than 80 years after they were distilled. Hats off to all the men (and women) who were involved into that!
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is deep copper and the nose offers a very old Highland style with lots of grassy-floral, honeyed, herbal, oily and waxy aromas in a well-balanced mix. This nose is very complex, let it breathe for at least 30 minutes and it will reveal a lot of hidden secrets. The fruits take their time to show up but after 15 minutes the first dare to enter the spotlight and they grow stronger upon oxidation. No off-note or imbalance, this blend was carefully composed.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is complex and layered again on an old-style Highland profile with tons of adorable waxes, herbs and resins which are hard to find in any modern dram. Again, the fruits are rather shy (compared to WB id 76706) but they add delicious flavours if you spare the patience to search for them in the different layers. No flaw or imbalance in the taste either - the master blender did a brilliant job back in 1965 (or whenever this dram was created).
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming with some peppery moments and an average coating effect I would say. The finish is of medium length and turns more to the spicy-herbal side of the dram which is an interesting twist. It gets a little drying towards the end but this is no major deal. And Bora is right, there are some notes which remind me of very old cognac (which I adore as well). Water is not needed.

  2. sagara-kun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Distilled in the 40s. Very pretty. Beautiful old blend but with a bit too acidity for me.
    • Nose
      Quite exotic nose, pineapple, mango, papaya.
      Camphor, plum brandy. Apricot, a lot of acidic plum. A slightly steep woody.
    • Taste
      Apricot, peach, sugar cherry, plum, pineapple skin, papaya. A good dose of camphor and rancio. Smoke, plum
    • Finish
      Finale on plum, fresh apple, peat, rancio and obe. Very pretty.

  3. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. SimonOHA scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Brilliantly complex. Incredible reduction, I dare not imagine the aromatic intensity in CS. No OBE for a masterful 57 year old bottle. Waves and waves of aromas that follow one another without stopping. Quite simply the best blend I have ever had to date.
    • Nose
      Intense nose on old hazelnut. Unusual like the impression of a dense old sherry bomb softened by age (rather than a simple sherry that has had time to age). Burnt sugar but without bitterness, without becoming caramel, without smoke. Really dry dried fruits with the major fig. Nice intensity despite the reduction and age. Really beautiful and complex. Mild, sweet and melted spices of cinnamon, cloves, pepper. Leather with a very subtle smoke.
    • Taste
      Sweet, rather oily palate. Simple at the start but superbly done on a vanilla cake that comes out of the oven, then many candied fruits once you have bitten into it. Admirably balanced. Sweet hazelnut juice with some petroliferous notes that could sometimes be confused with minty tar (a few drops).
    • Finish
      Phenomenal final. Long, intense, very complex. Warm on a precious wood with a fresh smoke of very fine peat. Dies in scents of old caramel and walnut skin, cinnamon and leather that sparkle at the back of the throat.

  5. Seanzhang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. OJK scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A privilege to try and old dram like this, a huge thank you to Bora ????, and a pleasure to enjoy together with fellow whisky friends. Drinking pre-war distillate lends itself a certain romance, but this really is stunning stuff. Fruits with diesel, soft floral smoke, buttery salts. But mainly back on the fruits, with a certain additional flavour that I can’t put my finger on, but don’t come across in modern day drams. It’s not OBE, it’s more pastry related, but whatever it is is it’s delicious, and wish I could drink it more regularly. Succulent liquid history.

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Very balanced and drinkable
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sweet liquorice, vanilla, honeycomb, wet hay, little citric, cookie dough, wet tobacco, little nutty, waxes, hints of candyfloss, whiffs of smoke - very interesting profile - very good!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Little punchy, little metallic, spicy, subtle sweetness, little honey, little caramel, little herbs, more cigar tobacco, old books, quite some OBE - pretty good!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, more caramel, more smoky, old books, OBE

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Refined oloroso sherry, dark fruits, dried fruits, raisins, figs, plums, cooked stones fruits, varnish, honey Palate: same with cooked oranges, herbs, some nuts, sweet spices like cinammon, nutmeg, not much obe though which is surprising Finish: cognac like rancio, flavours linger for a while, very complex without any astringency. I could nose and sip that stuff for ages.

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Luca Gargano mentioned this was bottled in 1965 making it a 1935 vintage.


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