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Glen Ord 15 Year Old 1996 Malts of Scotland

Fresh and Crispy

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

7th Oct 2011


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It has been a while since I tasted some Glen Ord, so this week, I’ll be trying a few. I’m starting off with a 15 Year Old from Malts of Scotland. This is a very pale Glen Ord from a bourbon hogshead that yielded 310 bottles.

The nose starts on grassy notes, but soon develops some nice aromas of young apples and hard pears, as well as a touch of lemon. A bit waxy, too. Fresh and crispy.

He’s quite oily on the palate, revealing both sweetness (vanilla in the lead) as bitterness (grapefruit and walnuts). Lemon lingers. The whole is softly spiced with ginger and white pepper.

The finish, while rather short, remains crispy.

This is a fairly straightforward whisky, that is very enjoyable (especially on a sunny terrace, where I’m sipping this one). Truth be told, I preferred last year’s 11 Year Old – although that was an all together different profile.

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