This Ladyburn is a good example. A very light (some would say flat) malt with a nice nose (the least one can expect after 30 years in the cask) but almost nothing else to remember. The remarkable wooden notes that are quite normal after such a long maturation time are not contained by a malty sweetness and fat creaminess that make other old drams so delicate. Here this bitterness stands out alone and it is not pleasant at all. The finish is a little bit better as some of the nose's aromas shine through again.
As a drinker I would never ever buy such a bottle, this is stuff for collectors (and unexperienced investors) only. It is okay to have a Ladyburn sample at tastings from time to time simply to check if there is an exception from above stated rule - so far I did not find one...
[December, 2018] I had another dram during a FoSM club tasting and I did the more detailed tasting notes below.
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a delicate old-style profile with some fruity (pears), malty (barley sugars) and waxy-oily aromas. There is a nice whiff of mocha but this vanishes quickly. It is nicely balanced but not the most impressive one (to be honest).
The taste is very shy and I have to search quite a while to find any flavours at all besides an unspecific sweetness. Basically these are the same as in the nose but the taste turns bitter very fast because of heavy tannins. No, this is not enjoyable to drink... Water is not recommended as this anyhow flat dram just flattens further (quickly).
The dram arrives unimpressive and very drying-astringent in the mouth and this unpleasant feeling stays there until the very end of the short finish. This is rather disgusting (cardboardy). To be honest: It makes no sense to open such a bottle - this is a collector's item for display only. By the way, as an investor I would never ever buy such bottles: If collecting whisky gets out of fashion there will be no market for such stuff any longer...