This is the second of three Glen Ord bottlings that were released within Diageo's Rare Malts series. It was distilled in 1973 and bottled in September 1997 as a 23-year old and in a 75cl bottle for the overseas markets.
The nose is rich and lush. Notes of passion fruit and malted barley are followed by honey and caramel flavours. Later on there is cinnamon and a hint of roasted coffee beans.
The palate is full-bodied and a little sweet. There now are flavours of honey, apples and oranges, followed by dark chocolate and a touch of nuts.
The finish is of medium length and pleasantly warming. Malted barley, honey and ginger notes last to the very end.
I was very fond of this Glen Ord. This is not a 'big' whisky with 'big' flavours but a delicate and refined single malt that comes with a panoply of flavours and is well balanced. Pour me a dram of this one anytime!