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30 Year Old Whisky

Thirty (30) Year Old Whisky is really quite rare in the world of whisky. Thirty years is a long time for any spirit to mature, and the rate of evaporation (also known as the Angels’ Share) of roughly 2% per annum means that after 30 years, only 55% (approximately) of the original barrel will be left!

30 year old whisky is a traditional gift for a particularly 30th Birthday Present for a special man or lady, or perhaps a Christmas present. Also particularly popular for Fathers day.

Thirty Year old whiskies are usually not only complex and interesting, but also very smooth due to the extended aging process.

In 1981, many noteworthy events hit the headlines:

Whisky lover and eyebrow raiser Sir Roger Moore starred in the excellent For Your Eyes Only which was one of the top grossing films of 1986 (it was released in 1981).

The first ever London Marathon was run in March of 1981, and there were 7,500 runners, the majority of whom did not drink single malt whisky or bourbon during the event.

In September 1981, the eminent US journalist Walter Cronkite retired. The whiskey drinking Xzibit once declared “I stand behind the mic like Walter Cronkite.”

Glentauchers 30 Year Old 1981 Cask 1057 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.5%
Glentauchers

This was distilled at Glentauchers on the 11th March 1981, and it was aged in refill butt 1057 for 30 years before bottling by Signatory on the 28th November 2011. A release of 321 numbered bottles.  More info

Glentauchers 30 Year Old 1981 Cask 1057 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
30 year old

Highland Park 24 Year Old 1987 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Highland Park

Distilled on the 30th June 1987 at the Highland Park distillery, this was aged for 24 years in hogsheads 1544 and 1545 before bottling on the 3rd November 2011. This was bottled for Signatory's…  More info

Highland Park 24 Year Old 1987 (Signatory)
1987 vintage

Glentauchers 30 Year Old 1981 Cask 1050 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56%
Glentauchers

This was distilled on the 5th March 1981 at the Glentauchers distillery, this was aged for 30 years in cask 1050 (a refill butt), before bottling on the 23rd September 2011. A release of 373 numbered…  More info

Glentauchers 30 Year Old 1981 Cask 1050 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
30 year old

Strathisla 30 Year Old Gordon and MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

A well-aged single malt from the Strathisla distillery, matured in first and refill sherry casks for 30 years before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Strathisla 30 Year Old Gordon and MacPhail
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30 year old

Brora 30 Year Old (2010 Release)

70cl, 54.3%
Brora

The 2010 release of Diageo's superb Brora 30yo. A marked improvement on last year's in our humble opinion.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2010 Release)
30 year old

Brora 30 Year Old (2009 Release)

70cl, 53.2%
Brora

The most recent release of Brora rare, cask strength 30 year old. John Hansell even rated this a whopping 95 points! This is a muscular, powerful dram.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2009 Release)
30 year old

Highland Park 23 Year Old 1987 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Highland Park

Distilled at the Highland Park on the 30th June 1987, this was aged in two hogsheads for 23 years, before bottling on the 25th November 2010. A release of 611 bottles.  More info

Highland Park 23 Year Old 1987 (Signatory)
1987 vintage

Glenfarclas 1987 Single Oloroso Cask

70cl, 46%
Glenfarclas

A single cask edition from the Glenfarclas distillery, this bottling was distilled in 1987 and matured in a refill Oloroso cask.  More info

Glenfarclas 1987 Single Oloroso Cask
1987 vintage
$77.90

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1981 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 44.3%
The Glenlivet

Distilled at the Glenlivet distillery in November 1981, this was aged in cask 9624 for 30 years before bottling in November 2011. A release of 217 numbered bottles.  More info

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1981 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
30 year old

Cragganmore 23 Year Old 1987 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.3%
Cragganmore

This 23 year old Cragganmore was distilled in November 1987 and it was aged in cask 1964. This was bottled in October of 2011 by Duncan Taylor, with an out-turn of 236 bottles.  More info

Cragganmore 23 Year Old 1987 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
1987 vintage

Midleton Very Rare 1987

75cl, 40%
Midleton

The "Very Rare" range was launched in 1984 to celebrate the very cream of the crop from Midleton. This is the intensely rare 1987 vintage, and they might as well call it Midleton Super Incredibly…  More info

Midleton Very Rare 1987
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1987 vintage
$259.27

BenRiach 30 Year Old 1979

70cl, 47.9%
BenRiach

30 year old BenRiach distilled in 1979 and aged in bourbon barrel number 7511, bottled in July 2010 as part of a release of 173 bottles.  More info

BenRiach 30 Year Old 1979
30 year old

Glen Grant 22 Year Old 1987 Cask 44648 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 57%
Glen Grant

A single cask Glen Grant bottled by Duncan Taylor. This was distilled in December 1987 and aged for 22 years in cask number 44648 before bottling in March 2010. A release of 272 individually numbered…  More info

Glen Grant 22 Year Old 1987 Cask 44648 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
1987 vintage

Glentauchers 30 Year Old 1981 Cask 1049 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.8%
Glentauchers

This Glentauchers was distilled in 1981, and was aged for a full thirty years in refill butt number 1049. A release of 437 single cask, cask strength bottles from Signatory.  More info

Glentauchers 30 Year Old 1981 Cask 1049 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
30 year old

North British 30 Year Old 1978 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.2%
North British

Single cask grain whisky from North British. This was distilled in August of 1978 and matured for 30 years in cask number 38472 before bottling in March of 2009 by Duncan Taylor for their Rare Auld…  More info

North British 30 Year Old 1978 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
30 year old

North British 30 Year Old 1979 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.2%
North British

A single cask, cask strength single grain from Douglas Laing's The Clan Denny range. This was distilled in 1979 and matured for 30 years in refill butt number 5557.  More info

North British 30 Year Old 1979 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
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30 year old

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1987 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 59.1%
Bowmore

Matured in a Sherry Butt for 23 years, this single-cask whisky is part of an outturn of only 218 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1987 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
1987 vintage

Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1980 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 56.4%
Strathclyde

A rare single grain whisky from the Strathclyde distillery. This was distilled in January 1980 and matured for 30 years in cask number 1498 before bottling at cask strength in March of 2010. Part of…  More info

Strathclyde 30 Year Old 1980 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
30 year old

Glenkinchie 22 Year Old 1987 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.3%
Glenkinchie

A 22 year old, cask strength Glenkinchie, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled on the 22nd October 1987, and aged in hogshead 2852 before bottling on the 15th July 2010. A release of 136 numbered…  More info

Glenkinchie 22 Year Old 1987 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
1987 vintage

Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1978 - Mission Cask Strength Series (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 53%
Bunnahabhain

A cask strength Bunnahabhain from Murray McDavid. This was distilled in 1978 and aged for 30 years in a mix of Port and Sherry casks before bottling as part of a release of 573 bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1978 - Mission Cask Strength Series (Murray McDavid)
30 year old

Caol Ila 30 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.4%
Caol Ila

An unbelievably good single cask Caol Ila that was so good we put our name on it! This was distilled in 1980 and aged in a single refill hogshead before bottling in 2010. A release of just 154…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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30 year old

Secret Stills No. 5.1 Lowland 1987

70cl, 45%
Gordon and MacPhail

A single malt from Gordon and MacPhail's Secret Stills range. This Lowland whisky was distilled in 1987. If you'd like to know where it's from, we can't tell you, we can give you some clues though:…  More info

Secret Stills No. 5.1 Lowland 1987
1987 vintage

Glen Ord 30 Year Old

70cl, 58.7%
Glen Ord

Released in 2005, a 30 year old from Glen Ord, bottled at cask strength.  More info

Glen Ord 30 Year Old
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30 year old
$204.36

Cameronbridge 30 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.3%
Cameron Bridge

Single cask grain whisky distilled at Cameronbridge in February 1979, matured in cask number 3585 for 30 years before bottling in April of 2009 by Duncan Taylor. A release of 206 cask strength…  More info

Cameronbridge 30 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
30 year old

Glenkinchie 21 Year Old 1987 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.6%
Glenkinchie

A 21 year old Glenkinchie, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled on the 22nd October 1987 and matured in hogshead number 2837 before bottling on the 20th January 2009. Part of a release of just…  More info

Glenkinchie 21 Year Old 1987 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
1987 vintage

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