Old Comber 30-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
28 sep 2010 4:41 pm

Average value

€ 1034.63

6 × in wishlist

33 × member ratings

41 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Comber 30-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.35 points

  1. jjkmlss scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    I've seen many fellas rated this 85, it looks like justice to this special spirit. It's no supreme Irish, but neither is it disappointing, not at all.

    Nose: tastes like 1950s Bow Street, so I assume there's a share in style. Rose, papaya, old book, nutmeg, ginger, honey, stews.

    Palate: Indian desserts. Toffee, papaya, peach, vanilla bean, Masala, pepper, paint, plastic and sugar cane.

    Body: Oily light body, you feel the burn even after 30+ years aging in oak and 30+ years in bottle. Not as complex as a 1960s-bottled-10-year-old Bow Street, but still there's kinda complexity.

    Finish: Medium length, pepper, cadboard, paint, jeleibi and sugar cane.

    Considering it being a 1950s(or even earlier) product
    and I've taken this from auction within less than $450, I say it's worth every penny.

  2. MaltMartin scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The history of these bottles is complicated. According to Brian Townsends 'Lost Distileries of Ireland' last distilling of the Comber Distillery was in 1952. In 1953 the Distillery was sold to H & D Wines of Inverness, who bought it mainly for the stocks and to sell the plant for scrap. In 1957 it was purchased by two businessmen Hollywood & Donnelly. They sold off even more whiskey and finally, in 1970, Wine Merchant James McCabe took over. They eventually bottled all the Comber whiskey which was left as '30 year old'. Starting the first batch somewhere in the mid 1980's it run till 1993 totaling 5.000 bottles. The whiskey from the last batches are therefore much older than 30 years,
    • Nose
      The nose starts with sweet sherry notes intermingled with honey. Clear pot still characteristics of dried apricots and figs at the background. I also smell flavors of tangerines and cigar boxes. Later on more leafy. It's all very fragile and subtle.
    • Taste
      Quite punchy with hints of oranges and grapefruit. Then quickly followed with maltiness, pine and a lot of oak. Some cinnamon as well. Unfortunately the woodiness dominates the palate completely. Mind you this whiskey has been in the casks for at least 30 years, probably more.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Tannines all the way. Also a little pepper and some bitterness. Primarily a bottle for collectors.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Grandiose nose for a 40%, here is so much that can be expected from a pure pot still. But then, but then. On the tongue, he falls off and looks rather weak and thin, as if he had already expectorated in the nose. The departure is then correspondingly sobering. But still: a nice thing to have tasted such an old Pure Pot Still times and compare with the new bottlings in the same style.
    • Nose
      You smell it in today's bottlings, you can smell it here in this rather old Pure Pot Still (and that's not the 30yo on the bottle) - these great, very special and only single pot / pure pot still whiskeys reserved blend of the fragrance dried fruits and a just opened spice cabinet. Here, dried apricots, raisins and dates mix with pepper, curry spice, tarragon leaves, savory and cinnamon. The spice note gradually fades into the background, more room for fruit, now also fresh and undried: apricot, peach, banana, mango. Now fruity and fresh, only accompanying the spices.
    • Taste
      Dry and mild onset, with the aromas from the nose in a much attenuated form. The fruit note is intense, it show over ripe tropical fruit, which sometimes play in the artificial -> Haribo Tropi Frutti, especially this bright Bananending I have here quite concretely on the tongue. Add a touch of burnt vanilla pudding and honey, and a hint of herbal infusion later on.
    • Finish
      Medium to short, dry and with a few spices - and also the tropical fruits celebrate a short resurrection. Then it is also away from the tongue.

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. bvrsky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. TsiAI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when tasting: 25℃

    Viewing Eyes: Golden smell Nose: The beginning is full of juicy fruit, overripe peaches, rusty apricot meat and fig core. Later it was thick honey, with a wisp of light smoke and a leathery smell similar to fermentation. Shake the cup to get a little bit of tobacco, toast, dried bananas and fried chestnuts. Old books and dust, yellowed pages, mature aroma. .
    Taste Palate: a little plastic banana, ripe peaches, dried apricots. Concentrated sugar cane juice, turmeric powder, nutmeg, cinnamon buns. In the middle section, the flavor density declines linearly, with cardboard and wood bitter bottom.
    Final rhyme Finish: short and medium, rubber, cardboard, bagasse, a little pepper and a plastic bag filled with heavy oil snacks. Body: light and quite structured, the latter part completely changes from oily to oily

    Nose: 88/100
    Palate: 86/100
    Finish: 85/100
    Body: 87/100
    Overall: 87/100, the latter part is slightly weak, but the "Indian dim sum" in lls's mouth is still very new to me.

  7. CherryHeart scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Step into the old bookstore, dust, old furniture, sofa paint, cardboard, as the cup wakes up and releases sporadic over-cooked aromas, dried flowers, chestnut shells, cardamom, thickness and layering increase, but it is still dry and degraded, The complexity is understated, but in the end I waited until the banana smell mixed with wood.

    Palate: Chiffon cake, rhubarb, cardamom, toffee, chewing for a long time close to the sweetness of chewing gum, common plastic smell on PU artificial leather, dark tone, and earthy color.

    Balance, Body :: Moderately lighter wine body, holding on to the SPS's advantage in oiliness, and also has a certain thickness, alcohol feeling ... Sorry, I almost forgot it was 40 degrees.

    Finish: medium to long, rhubarb, plastic, cardboard, sofa paint, spices and overripe tropical fruits.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A real mixed bag on the nose, honey mixed with wood varnish is what hits you first, vanilla, mango, a bag of bird seed so in a nutshell a big cereal note here.
    Chewy on the palate with a little menthol and ginger and a weird plastic taste and then a little vanilla.
    Belgian waffles, a little toffee and some very sweet liqueur.
    The finish is medium length remaining sweet and getting slightly hot.
    This is very different to most Irish whiskey I have tried, an acquired taste but a little of something different does you good, right :)
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. aby scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    tasted this one in the 'Irish extravaganza' with Martin.

    This is probably over 35 years old as the Comber distillery produced until 1952 and this was bottled in the late 80's.

    It can be experienced at: whiskeysample.nl

  12. Whisky Daft did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    I`m not going to review this whiskey nor am I going to add tasting notes. To do so would be unfair, just adding this note for reference.
    This whiskey was bought at Bonhams auctions a few months ago for a little under £200. The reason the price was so low was the colour, cloudy gold.

    The nose; a hint of caramel sweetness, damp cardboard.
    Palate; soft, very little to no spirit, extremely shallow, slight mint.
    Finish; warm, faded fast but returned for a moment, then gone.

    There was no evidence of bottle tampering, the cork and seals were intact, level was good.

    A very sad bottle of whiskey. The cloudy appearance was an indication of quality. But it had to be experienced. It`s not always about good whiskey.


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