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
Bottle code
SB 161, L UG 1, Liquor Bottle Scotland
Added on
18 jan 2014 9:51 am by Medea

Average value

€ 264.00

2 × in wishlist

38 × member ratings

68 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ballantine's 30-year-old

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.69 points.

  1. cloudyweedram scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A rather sexy dram...in the nose. This bottle was purchased 10 to 12 years ago. Am sure it was stored in very good condition. Or I suppose so. Well, at least it's well in the neck before I teared off the parafilm... By the way it used a plastic screw cap, a little surprise.

    It went downhill from the nose, then the palate, then the finish.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Yes, there's wood at the back, sandalwood, and sweet honey. I.e. the usual. But there's also something rather...fleshy. No, not body odor, fleshy in a good way, rather bodily, and seductive.

      Over time becomes floral, fragrant, and a bit soapy. Ah...ha a warm body after a good shower. Totally unexpected! Rather fascinating.

      Of course, there's also vanilla, brown sugar... the staple.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Oaky bitterness, with a kick despite of the age and only 43% ABV. Dry. Yes, quite dry. If this is what the box said "crispness from the sea", um...not exactly.

      Maybe let the liquid oxidize a bit in the botte to see what would happen...
    • Finish
      80 80
      Lingering oak, resin and soap.

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  3. whiscratch scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    It's an exquisite blended whisky!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Old armagnac. Very nice and complex: leather, cigar boxes, dry wine, aromatic spices...
    • Taste
      95 95
      Oily. Vinous. Dried fruit, liquorice, cinnamon, oak. Very savory.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Medium long. Salty. Old wine. A pleasant tobacco aftertaste.

  4. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    My Japanese friend from Tokyo brought a sample of this one for me.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89


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