With a full complex aroma combining fruit and spices similar to a fruit cake, Glenfarclas 30yo is an extraordinarily deep spirit, warm and rich leaving a lingering fruit and nut chocolate feel on the palate.
The replacement for the 25 year old in the standard Tomatin line-up, the 30 year old is limited to just 2000 bottles a year and came about due to the fantastic reception of their last 30 year old release in 2007. An outstanding whisky, with beautiful honeysuckle, herby, leafy notes, and some polished oak; this is a dram that wears its great age very lightly.
A 1982 vintage whisky from Teaninich, selected as part of the prestige Directors' Cut range from Douglas Laing. Distilled in December 1982 and bottled almost exactly 30 years in December 2012 after maturing in a refill butt.
A bottling of 1983 vintage Balmenach from Douglas Laing as part of the Directors' Cut series. This one was distilled in September and matured for 30 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in December 2013.
A 1976 vintage Glen Spey independently bottled by Direct Wines (owners of Laithwaites) as part of their First Cask series. Distilled on March 1, it was aged for 30 years in cask number 366 before release.
The third release of Port Askaig 30 year old is the first to be bottled at cask strength, giving it an unprecedented depth of smoky sweet flavour and a gloriously rich, generous texture. A majestic, magnificent dram.
A 30yo bottling for the latest reincarnation of Fettercairn. This 1978 vintage has a strong Oloroso sherry influence, and the official tasting notes describe a plethora of fruity flavours including pineapple, grapefruit, cranberries, sweet mango and wild berries.
An August 2013 release, this Glenglassaugh 30 year old is the first new release under the ownership of BenRiach, who took over the distillery in March of that year. This is rich with an undoubted sherry-cask background.
A second entry in Diageo's special releases for Auchroisk, this time the oldest bottling released to date. It's a vatting of refill European and American oak matured whisky, distilled in 1982 and bottled after 30 years.
A 1982 vintage Glen Mhor bottled by independent bottlers Signatory at the end of 2012. This was distilled a year before the distillery closed, one of the many casualties of the cull of 1983 and bottlings are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.
Only the second official bottling of whisky from closed distillery Glenugie in recent times, following the previous 32 year entry with this 1980 vintage 30 year old. The distillery closed in 1983 and has since been demolished, and bottlings in general are quite rare.
A fantastic 30 year old whisky from Jura, previewed back at The Whisky Show in 2012 and long awaited since. The name 'Camas an Staca' translates to be simply 'Standing Stone' and refers to one of the 8 ancient stones dotted about the island. The whisky has been matured in American oak for most of it's life, finishing in Gonzalez Byass Oloroso butts for 3 years before bottling.
In 2013, Grant's took the decision to introduce a range of Single Grain whiskies from their Girvan distillery in Ayrshire. The 30 year old was a hit at their masterclass at The Whisky Show that year and is rich with a spicy woodiness.
A delicious Talisker 30yo, one of the highlights of this year's Special Releases. Very, very drinkable, with plenty of character but a restrained, elegant tone after three decades of mellowing in the wood.