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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.”

Tormore 30 Year Old 1984 - Small Batch (W.M. Cadenhead)

70cl, 55.8%
Tormore

Ooh, 30 year old Tormore single malt Scotch whisky! It's not often you see whiskies this old from the distillery in Speyside, which was founded in 1958 (so it's relatively young compared to some…  More info

Tormore 30 Year Old 1984 - Small Batch (W.M. Cadenhead)
30 year old

Irish Single Malt 26 Year Old 1987 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams (Specially Selected by La Maison Du Whisky)

70cl, 51.6%
The Nectar

This is an independent bottling by the Belgian company, The Nectar, of Irish single malt whisky from an undisclosed distillery, specially selected by La Maison du Whisky. It was aged for 26 years,…  More info

Irish Single Malt 26 Year Old 1987 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams (Specially Selected by La Maison Du Whisky)
1987 vintage
$250.53

Glen Moray 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 707861) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.1%
Glen Moray

One of the gorgeously Sherried single malts independently bottled by Duncan taylor for their Octave range. This edition features a 26 year old Glen Moray, distilled in 1987 and bottled in 2014…  More info

Glen Moray 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 707861) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
1987 vintage

MacPhail's 30 Year Old Puccini Decanter

70cl, 40%
Gordon and MacPhail

A very well-aged malt from Gordon and MacPhail. This 30 year old was matured in Gordon and MacPhail's Elgin warehouses and comes packaged in an attractive decanter, complete with a scroll.  More info

MacPhail's 30 Year Old Puccini Decanter
30 year old

Cambus 30 Year Old 1985 (cask 11591) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.4%
Cambus

Single cask single grain Scotch whisky from the Cambus distillery, matured in a refill hogshead for 30 years. It was distilled in March 1985 and bottled in May 2015 by Hunter Laing for The Sovereign…  More info

Cambus 30 Year Old 1985 (cask 11591) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
30 year old

Strathclyde 27 Year Old 1987 (cask 10804) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Strathclyde

From Douglas Laing's Old Particular range comes a 27 year old Strathclyde single grain Scotch whisky, drawn from a single refill barrel. It was distilled in September 1987 and eventually bottled in…  More info

Strathclyde 27 Year Old 1987 (cask 10804) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1987 vintage

Dalwhinnie 25 Year Old 1987 (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 52.1%
Dalwhinnie

A stunning Dalwhinnie from Diageo's Special Releases, this was launched in 2012. It was distilled in 1987 before a 25 year maturation.  More info

Dalwhinnie 25 Year Old 1987 (2012 Special Release)
1987 vintage
$205.36

Glenrothes 1987 (bottled 2005)

70cl, 43%
Glenrothes

This is a 1987 vintage Glenrothes single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in the 9 year period when the distillery had 8 stills (the distillery had been upgraded from 6 to 8 stills in 1980 and…  More info

Glenrothes 1987 (bottled 2005)
1987 vintage
$125.77

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old (Wedgwood Ceramic Decanter) - 1987

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

A commemorative bottling of 21 year old Glenfiddich to mark a century of distilling from 1887 to 1987. It's presented in a specially commissioned Wedgwood decanter.  More info

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old (Wedgwood Ceramic Decanter) - 1987
1987 vintage
$496.34

Tomatin 27 Year Old 1987 (cask 495) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46.3%
Tomatin

27 year old Tomatin single malt, bottled by Càrn Mòr. It was distilled in May 1987 and bottled in June 2014 with an outturn of 187 bottles, handsomely presented for the Celebration of the Cask range.  More info

Tomatin 27 Year Old 1987 (cask 495) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
1987 vintage

Balmenach 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 10162) - Executive Decision (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.8%
Balmenach

Not often you see Balmenach single malt, is it? Very exciting stuff. This is an independent bottling of whisky from the distillery in Speyside, who are known for rather bold, meaty malts. It was…  More info

Balmenach 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 10162) - Executive Decision (Douglas Laing)
30 year old

Teaninich 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 9323) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.8%
Teaninich

Distilled at the Teaninich distillery in December 1982, this is a 30 year old, single cask Speyside malt. It was aged in a refill butt before bottling for the Directors Cut range in late 2012. A…  More info

Teaninich 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 9323) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
30 year old

Lagavulin 1987 (bottled 2003) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

This was distilled at Lagavulin in 1987 and finished in Pedro Ximénez dessert sherry casks. Bottled in 2003, this stuff is fantastic. A glass of this goes astonishingly with a chocolate-based dessert.  More info

Lagavulin 1987 (bottled 2003) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
1987 vintage
$256.37

Dufftown 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 8232) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.7%
Dufftown

This was distilled at Dufftown in March of 1982. It was aged for 30 years in a single sherry butt (number 8232) before bottling in March 2012 for Douglas Laing's Directors Cut range. A release of 189…  More info

Dufftown 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 8232) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
30 year old

Strathisla 26 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 54.5%
Strathisla

An independently bottled single malt from the Strathisla distillery (on the bottle it's been given the traditional Strathisla-Glenlivet name, because WM Cadenhead are old school like that). It was…  More info

Strathisla 26 Year Old 1987 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
1987 vintage

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 5287) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 53.9%
Caol Ila

This is an independent bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1983 and bottled at over 30 years old in 2014. It comes to us as part of La Maison du Whisky's 4th edition of their…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 5287) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)
30 year old

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 1043) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Linkwood

Matured for 26 years, this Berry Bros. & Rudd release of Linkwood is a rather handsome devil. Handsome and delicious!  More info

Linkwood 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 1043) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
1987 vintage
$149.93

Black Bull 30 Year Old (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50%
Duncan Taylor

A 30 year old expression from Duncan Taylor's Black Bull range, made with grain and malt Scotch whiskies and matured in Sherry casks, imparting a wealth of dark fruit, spice, dark chocolate, tobacco…  More info

Black Bull 30 Year Old (Duncan Taylor)
30 year old

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 10141) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.3%
Glenrothes

26 year old single malt from the picturesque Glenrothes distillery in Speyside. It may not be in one of those fancy egg-shaped bottles Glenrothes are known for, but it's still a handsome chap,…  More info

Glenrothes 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 10141) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
1987 vintage

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 405033) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 52.9%
Caol Ila

30 year old Caol Ila single malt, bottled for the Duncan Taylor Single collection. This Sherried Islay dram has matured from May 1983 to February 2014, when it was bottled with an outturn of just 66…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 405033) - The Duncan Taylor Single
30 year old

Balmenach 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 10162) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.8%
Balmenach

Balmenach don't bottle their own single malt, and the majority makes its way into blends such as Hankey Bannister, of which it's a key component. It's always nice then when an independent bottling…  More info

Balmenach 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 10162) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
30 year old

Miltonduff 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6136) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 42.8%
Miltonduff

The Duncan Taylor Single selection are a wonderfully lavish series of independently bottled rare whiskies from top distilleries, presented in gorgeous hardwood and leather boxes. This edition is a 30…  More info

Miltonduff 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6136) - The Duncan Taylor Single
30 year old

MacPhail's 30 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Gordon and MacPhail

A 30 year old single malt from a secret distillery. This was aged in Gordon and MacPhail's own casks, which were first fill sherry in this case. This is a rich, thick drams with loads of complexity.  More info

MacPhail's 30 Year Old
30 year old

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 3103) - (Adelphi)

70cl, 56.8%
Mortlach

Single cask Mortlach, as bottled by the talented hands of Adelphi. This single malt matured in a refill ex-Sherry hogshead from 1987 to 2014 and was bottled at 26 years old with an ABV of 56.8%. Just…  More info

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 3103) - (Adelphi)
1987 vintage
$141.61

Linkwood 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 8250) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.7%
Linkwood

30 year old Linkwood single malt, you say? The Directors will be happy about this! The Linkwood distillery filled the single cask from which this release was drawn in January 1984, a year before the…  More info

Linkwood 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 8250) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
30 year old

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