Originally Posted by Anselm

I just got a bottle of 30 year old Ballantines for my birthday. Stoked that they thought that highly of me, sad panda that its a blend. Still, I expect it's pretty amazing (haven't tried it yet)

What do you mean sad panda? on of the most expensive whiskies in the world is a blend,
a blend can be a lot more consistant than a malt and that's the reason for blends as well as the fact that there are alot of great single malts that go into blends (depending on the brand) a 30yo is a joy blend and probably has malts in it that are no longer distilled so savor every drop.