So recently I tried that 42yo Sherry cask, which was epic. And when I tried the Tun 1401, I also found it to be awesome.
So when I saw the Balvenie 30 sitting on the Balvenie lovely wooden stand I needed to give it a go. I believe this is from a mix of Sherry and Bourbon casks.
Balvenie 30 47.2%
Nose: Lovely honey, ethereal fresh fruit, floral, dried flowers, green apple, subtle nose but lots there.
Taste: You'd have thought this was 15, not 30! Juicy, fresh fruit, green apple, citrus then complex oak, chocolate, honey, amazing honeycomb and honeycomb chocolate.
Finish: Medium length. Lacking a bit of power but this slight juicy sour fruit is left over. Dry.
The freshness after 30 years is ridiculous, but it doesn’t have the same class as the Tun 1401 or that 42yo.
Thanks for reading!
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