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01 Dec 2011

Master of Malt 30 Years old (Speyside)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Undisclosed

There’s a new edition of the 30 years old Speyside whisky by Master of Malt. We already tried the 2nd edition and 3rd edition before. This one is a return to sherried form.


Master of Malt 30yo SpeysideUndisclosed Speyside distillery 30 yo (40%, Master of Malt 2011, 4th Edition)

Nose: nicely aromatic despite the low strength. Very juicy, with honeyed malt, vanilla and baked apples. Some dried fruits (plenty of raisins) and spices (cinnamon, soft cloves). Orange peel. Mouth: sweet start on honey and soaked raisins. Caramelized apple again. Sweet almonds. Hints of tobacco and a little wood resin. Finish: still rather honeyed with something of roasted nuts. A tad drier in the very end.

A rich and really juicy sherry bottling. Something in between the heavily sherried 2nd edition and the malty / more bourbonny 3rd edition. Too bad they’re still holding on to the 40% strength. Available from Master of Malt. Around € 115 – good pricing again.

Score: 87/100

Master of Malt 30 Years old (Speyside) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-12-01
  • Joshua

    I’ve not had this one yet – just edition #3 but I have to agree that the ABVs are not generous enough on these blind labeled single malts…

  • Ruben

    Edition 3 suffered more as the wood was rather loud. I think the 4th is better – it’s soft but it remains juicy.

  • Johannes

    Too bad with the ABVs. If i would like to buy a 30 yo whisky from Master of Malt i would go for Strathisla or Longmorn from G&M.

    They are so good. And the price too.

  • Ben @ Master of Malt

    We are looking at this guys, but it’s going to be absolutely impossible to hold onto the price-point and go up in ABV. we’ll revisit it after Chrimble I think…

  • MARS

    A nice dram. Especially the nose. But I found it a little bit too woody to my taste.
    A good quality/price ratio anyway.



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