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@joshk
joshk started a discussion

After my 30th b-day, I got into a discussion with my wife about wishing to have a drink of something even older than I am and how it would get harder and more expensive the longer I waited. She expressed a little supprise that I've never seriously considered bringing a bottle of 30 year old home. To me, I don't think I've tried enough of all the different younger whiskies but it got me wondering: What would be the 1 well aged bottle I would get if I could. Maybe if I could find it I could save up to buy it soon.

So what 30+ year old whisky (obtainable in the US) would be worth me buying. So far I've looked into Highland Park 30, Oban 32, Glenfarclas 30 ....

13 years ago

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UserRemoved replied

@joshk , Glenfarclas 1974 is a 31YR old whisky and bottled at ABV 57.4%. Pricing is always below $240usd which is 1/3 the price of its peers. I like it better than the Glenfarclas 40YR.

Other than that, I'm waiting for the next financial crisis, or a slowdown in BRIC countries to purchase a 30+ YR whisky. In just a few years, I've seen prices more than double just to keep up with the hype.

Good luck!

13 years ago 2Who liked this?

ganagati replied

You don't mention a price range. If I'm going to spend your money, I would get Lagavulin 30. It's a phenomenal dring - by far the tastiest scotch I've ever had. It's got the smokiness and peat of a Lagavulin, but is extremely refined and tame. There is a subtleness and maturity to it, with sweeter notes mixed in.

13 years ago 0

@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes replied

Without knowing your preferences, it would be impossible to suggest something. Glenfarclas 30 and Lagavulin 30 are both exceptional drinks, but very different. You don't want to be disappointed when you buy a $ 500 bottle...

Personally I find Brora 30yo the best (standard) 30yo around.

13 years ago 1Who liked this?

@joshk
joshk replied

@whiskyshiba @WhiskyNotes @ganagati Thanks guys. The price range really isn't that important so long as it has a good "value". To generalize I do like a lot of sheeried whiskies so Glenfarclas '74 is something I would probably go for.

13 years ago 0

@Jobi
Jobi replied

Highland Park 30. Elegant whisky candy.

12 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@joshk - as a fellow ryehound, I feel compelled to suggest Alberta Premium 30 year old Limited Edition. This offering is being rolled out, as we speak, in Ontario, for $50/750ml. Check the LCBO website for location specific inventories.

12 years ago 0

@joshk
joshk replied

@paddockjudge That sounds great but unfortunately Alberta Premium (any Alberta) isn't available in the US of A. This one will have to wait until I take a trip north.

12 years ago 0

@joshk
joshk replied

After much internal debate and lovingly finishing off my Ardmore Traditional Cask I finally decided on trying to find Ardmore 30 year. This is an OB bottling that was only released in the US. There are

12 years ago 0

@joshk
joshk replied

... (previous post got cut off) ... There are < 1500 bottles. As luck would have it I soon found a local liquor store that had 1 bottle on sale for $229 (retail $450). I look forward to tasting it and writing a review (as soon as I finish off a couple of already open bottles).

12 years ago 0

@smokeybarrels

@joshk I hear great things about the Brora 30, but im sure the HP30 would not disappoint if the 18 yo is anything to go by. Im planning to purchase a bottle of the Brora 30 yo in a couple of years. Sadly, it will be 10 years my junior at that point :(

12 years ago 0

Sroberts86 replied

just about to open the Glenfarclas. very excited!

11 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander replied

I love the Glenfarclas 40. A perfect sherry bomb.

11 years ago 0

@SquidgyAsh
SquidgyAsh replied

@joshk The most enjoyable older whisky I've ever honestly fell in love with was a IB from Abbey Whisky which was their 40 year old Secret Cask Speyside. The only fault I could find with it was that at 40% it went down almost too easy. Just bought a bottle of it as I heard that their stocks were running low and their next 40 year old, while supposed to be really good, was going to be more expensive.

11 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills replied

@joshk Did you enjoy the Ardmore 30yo? And where is the review :D

11 years ago 0

@Onlyhalfmad
Onlyhalfmad replied

Not sure how easily you can get A.D. Rattray bottles in the US but I have the 35 year old Dufftown 58% and Bunnahabhain 37 43%. I think they are both top notch and easy to open at about £100 each.

11 years ago 0

Sroberts86 replied

Wow that Glenfarclas was a drama. Cork broke in the bottle and then when i tried to take it out with a bottle opener it disintegrated!! However, when all was said and drunk, it was well worth the hassle. So dark it looked like flat coke but i loved it. Developed some tropical fruit notes i wouldn't normally associate so much with Glenfarclas.

11 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Donski
Donski replied

@Sroberts86 I had the same thing happen when I got jw blue

11 years ago 0