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07 Dec 2008

Balvenie 30y Thirty

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Balvenie

Balvenie 30y Thirty

The Balvenie 30y ‘Thirty’
(47,3%, OB 2004)

Nose: a complete flower bouquet, mixed with honey and fruit (tangerine and peach with some acid notes of citrus). Sawdust and butterscotch as well. Soft spices. Mouth: clearly pear (caramelized) and when that starts to fade some spicier elements (pepper, vanilla). Orange peel. Is that a hint of smoke? The spices linger on in the finish with slightly bitter notes (cloves, chocolate). More pear.

I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a bad Balvenie, but I’ve never been blown away by one either. This is very balanced, soft whisky, yet not very complex (= feminine?). This bottle costs around € 400 and that’s difficult to justify.

Very nice anyway: 87/100.

Balvenie 30y Thirty 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2008-12-07

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