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Overall rating
90.00/100
votes
10
Category
Blend
Bottler
George Ballantine & Son (GB&S)
Bottling serie
Very Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
30 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
03 Nov 2014 1:16 pm by RoyalScotsman

Average value

€ 225.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ballantine's 30-year-old

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.00 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Round 2:

    N: Old style nose that readily creates aah noises and as is 'rounded as rounded can be’. Both bourbon & sherry casks meld into one another like a homemade, slow cooked casserole. Plenty of levels of the alcohol family tree present with sherry, Cognac and a little armagnac showing. The grain element is clear, clean and supportive and there’s a touch of peat.
    T: More roundedness as was expected. It’s more vibrant with water. It’s a touch too grain-rich and a little young but I’m nit picking. As a whole it works tremendously well with plenty of movement and ‘push-me, pull-me’ traits within the development. Hold in the mouth for a mouth-watering releases of sherry fruits, bourbon oak and wine gums. Really utilises all its assets to create a greater sum of its parts. 
    F: Not a great deal, but then again,.... soft, fresh-vanilla sour. Neat finish actually.
    C: Get involved! Sometimes to be found reasonably at auction [July '16].

    Scores a B

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: Big nose, thick, old skool malt with a distillate harking back to the 1950's at least. (Spirit) wash intact with a little putty, (old) shammy leather, nut pulp [pistachio butter], very malty like buckwheat wort, heavy<dense. Fab! Needs time. Different league stuff - after all it's a 30yo blend when 30yo wasn't a target, but a minimum. Probably 40+ in here so we possibly talking about a distillate possibly going back to the 1940's.
    T: Thinner arrival/mouthfeel than expected, but one that oozes It’s more malty as it develops with a little metallic edge (but really just a little), which adds to the character/charm. If there was any smokiness initially, it's not evident now, it’s all about the dense, thick malt now - taste and mouthfeel. A weighty dram.
    F: A sweet, fresh - weighty malt-fresh, yep. Drying with a little hot chocolate. Actually a short finish if you attribute two waves to the palate.
    C: The top of the game for this blend is the palate, all of the palate - mouthfeel, weight and sustaining power. Lovely journey, good spectrum of flavours, balanced too, sweet with light bitters,... lovely, lovely. I'll be revisit the Ballantine’s 30yo [different batch], in the future.

    Scores a B[+]

    Looking to maintain the age, my eye catches something on the bar. It’s a 1965 35yo Glenfiddich WB,…. for £5 a dram?

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