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 30 year old single grain whisky from closed Port Dundas, bottled as part of the Directors' Cut series from Douglas Laing. Distilled in January 1982 and bottled almost 31 years later in November 2012 after maturing in a refill hogshead.
A dark gold 30 year old Glenlivet 1981 bottled by one of Scotland's greatest independent bottlers, Signatory, in 2012 after 30 years of maturation in a sherry hogshead. Difficult to see how you could go wrong here, unless you don't like sherried whisky.
We've found another parcel of stock of the famous Campbeltown Loch, the special blend made by Mitchell's - owners of Springbank. A significant proportion of this will be 30yo Springbank, yet despite the age this is a very approachable, elegant dram.
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.
Until the arrival of the 40yo, this was the ne plus ultra of the standard range of proprietary bottlings from Highland Park. A whisky of extraordinary depth and intensity of flavour. Whisky Bible 2010: Best Single Malt (28-34 Years); 95.5 Points
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 30 year old whisky from north Speyside distillery Benromach. The spirit in this was distilled back before its 1983 mothballing and subsequent 15 years of silence. Whisky Bible Awards 2012: Best 28-34 Year Old Single Malt Scotch of the Year (multiple casks)
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.
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 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.
This Linkwood 1974 30yo was released in 2005 and remains the oldest ever official bottling from this distillery. The Rare Malts are a now-discontinued series of cask-strength releases designed by Diageo to showcase some of the hidden treasures in their portfolio.