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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.”

Highland Park 25 Year Old 1986 Cask 2279 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.10%
Highland Park

Distilled at Highland Park on the 27th June 1986, this was aged for 25 years in a single hogshead (cask 2279) before bottling on the 22nd October 2011. A release of 240 numbered bottles from…  More info

Highland Park 25 Year Old 1986 Cask 2279 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
25 year old
$103.55

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1981 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 44.30%
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

Glen Moray 24 Year Old 1986 Cask 2858 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.60%
Glen Moray

This was distilled at Glen Moray in November 1986, and it was aged for 24 years in single cask number 2858 before bottling in June 2011 by Duncan Taylor. A release of 215 bottles.  More info

Glen Moray 24 Year Old 1986 Cask 2858 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
24 year old

BenRiach 30 Year Old 1979

70cl, 47.90%
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

Glengoyne 23 Year Old 1986 Sherry Butt

70cl, 53.60%
Glengoyne

A single-cask release from Glengoyne. Comparatively light in colour when compared to some other releases, this superb 23yo exhibits plenty of distillery character.  More info

Glengoyne 23 Year Old 1986 Sherry Butt
23 year old
$200.75

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1986 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 51.10%
Mortlach

From Murray McDavid's Mission range, this was distilled at Mortlach in 1986, matured in bourbon barrels and bottled at Bruichladdich in 2008 as part of an outturn of 648 bottles, at cask strength.…  More info

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1986 - Mission (Murray McDavid)
21 year old

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1986 (Adelphi)

70cl, 58.60%
Strathmill

Distilled at Strathmill in 1986, this beautiful whisky was aged for 24 years in cask 10222 before bottling by Adelphi in 2011. This had an out-turn of 168 bottles, all at natural cask strength.  More info

Strathmill 24 Year Old 1986 (Adelphi)
24 year old

Bowmore 30 Year Old Sea Dragon Decanter

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A 30 year old Bowmore, packaged in a handsome opaque black ceramic decanter bottle, with a beautifully painted sea dragon on the bottle. It has a dragon on it, so you know it must be good.  More info

Bowmore 30 Year Old Sea Dragon Decanter
3
30 year old
$551.06

Highland Park 24 Year Old 1986 Cask 2276 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52%
Highland Park

This was distilled at Highland Park on the 27th June 1986, before ageing for 24 years in a single hogshead. Bottled by Signatory on the 17th January 2011. A release of 216 bottles.  More info

Highland Park 24 Year Old 1986 Cask 2276 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
24 year old

Blair Athol 25 Year Old 1986 (Adelphi)

70cl, 52.90%
Blair Athol

Aged for 25 years in a single refill bourbon cask, this was distilled in 1986 at Blair Athol, and it was bottled by Adelphi. A release of 184 bottles.  More info

Blair Athol 25 Year Old 1986 (Adelphi)
25 year old

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

70cl, 56.80%
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
$85.91

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

70cl, 55.20%
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, 54.20%
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)
1
30 year old

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

70cl, 56.40%
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 1986 Amontillado Finish - Distillers Edition 1l

100cl, 43%
Glenkinchie

A litre bottle of the 1986 Distillers Edition from Glenkinchie. This was finished in Amontillado sherry casks, and offers an interesting nutty dryness. Complex and very tasty.  More info

Glenkinchie 1986 Amontillado Finish - Distillers Edition 1l
1
1986 vintage
$60.57

Highland Park 23 Year Old 1986 Cask 2274 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.40%
Highland Park

Distilled on the 27th June 1986, aged in hogshead number 2274 and bottled on the 24th June 2010. This is a release of just 235 single cask, cask strength bottles of Highland Park.  More info

Highland Park 23 Year Old 1986 Cask 2274 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
23 year old
$108.49

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, 57.40%
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)
3
30 year old

Glenglassaugh 1986 - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Glenglassaugh

Distilled in 1986 and aged in bourbon before being bottled Gordon and MacPhail in 2000. The Glenglassaugh distillery has recently reopened.  More info

Glenglassaugh 1986 - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)
1986 vintage
$61.88

Glen Ord 30 Year Old

70cl, 58.70%
Glen Ord

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

Glen Ord 30 Year Old
6
30 year old
$217.16

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

70cl, 51.30%
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

Ichiro's Malt 1986 King of Hearts

70cl, 55.40%
Hanyu

An incredible addition to the Ichiro's Malt Card range. Each whisky, in very modish style, is named after a playing card. We love them! This was distilled at the Hanyu distillery in 1986, and aged in…  More info

Ichiro's Malt 1986 King of Hearts
1986 vintage

Glencraig 30 Year Old 1976 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.60%
Glenburgie

Glencraig is the name given to whisky distilled in the Lomond still at the Glenburgie distillery. This was distilled on the 11th June 1976, matured for 30 years in bourbon barrel number 4251 before…  More info

Glencraig 30 Year Old 1976 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
30 year old

Cambus 24 Year Old 1986 (cask 18989) (Bladnoch)

70cl, 52.70%
Cambus

A cask strength, single cask Cambus single grain whisky, bottled for the Bladnoch forum. This was distilled on the 20th March 1986 and aged for 24 years in hogshead number 18989 before bottling on…  More info

Cambus 24 Year Old 1986 (cask 18989) (Bladnoch)
24 year old

Cambus 24 Year Old 1986 (cask 18988) (Bladnoch)

70cl, 54.70%
Cambus

A Bladnoch Forum bottling of single grain whisky, this was distilled on the 20th March 1986 and hogshead number 18988 before bottling on the 30th March 2010 at cask strength.  More info

Cambus 24 Year Old 1986 (cask 18988) (Bladnoch)
24 year old

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