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4 Bottles of 30 Year Scotch You Need in Your Drinks Cabinet 

In the mood for sipping some Scotch with a wee dash more age in the new year? As with my fine self, a touch more maturation leads to superbly tasteful results. Still, 30-year-old whisky isn’t as common as you might think, but I’ve been on a mission to find the best drams of the stuff out there.

Dalmore 30 Year, £4,999

The Dalmore 30 Year Scotch

A creation of Richard Paterson OBE, the man who put ‘cask finishing’ on the map, the 2021 edition 30-year-old starts life in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before finding its way into incredibly rare 30-year-old tawny port pipes from Graham’s Port. Marmalade, treacle tart, and tarte tatin jump out of the glass with stewed plums, baked almonds, and frangipane on the palate. A lingering Madagascan vanilla strikes the final chord.

Available at Master of Malt.

Glenfiddich 30 Year Re-Imagination of Time, £999.90

Glenfiddich 30 Year Re- Imagination of Time Scotch

This rich bronze wonder has spent its life in Spanish Oloroso and American oak casks, producing a deeply rich and concentrated flavour profile to develop over three patient decades. Vocal, layered, and textured with a rich oak, honey, orchard fruits, jasmine, and chocolate caramel finish. You won’t be forgetting this one anytime soon, especially as its twisted sculpture of a box will stand proud in your drinks cabinet.

Available at The Whisky World.

Glenturret 30 Year, £1,500

The Glenturret 30 Year Scotch

Revamped just a few years ago, The Glenturret has undergone a truly stunning packaging revival. Thankfully, that is matched with some equally as iconic liquid. A myriad of distinctive casks have become a part of this Scotch journey, including oak casks from Portugal’s famous Niepoort alongside moscatel and sherry casks from Europe. The result is a rich baked pineapple, mango, and tropical delight with molasses, espresso, spicy gingerbread, and a deep orange marmalade on the finish.

Available at Whisky International Online.

Tomatin 30 Year, £422

Tomatin 30 Year Scotch

From a value-quality standpoint, this is the most affordable on the list. Its maturation takes place in a combination of ex-bourbon and traditional oak casks. This fifth batch release is super smooth with soft fruits, white chocolate, buttered cupcakes, and a burst of spice.

Available at Whisky Online.

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Aidy Smith

Aidy Smith is a wine and spirits personality and one of the presenter trio behind Amazon Prime TV Series, The Three Drinkers. In better times, he is often found scouring the globe for his next tipple. It’s a hard life, but someone’s got to do it. You can follow his adventures on Instagram at @sypped.