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?