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I was able, thanks to a good friend, to obtain samples of several official releases of Glen Ord : the 25 Year Old, 28 Year Old and 30 Year Old. Let’s try those head-to-head, shall we? Let’s start out with the… err… ‘youngest’ for lack of a better word. After all, this one is already a quarter of a century.
The nose offers a range of dark fruits, tea and leather. Some furniture polish too. Sweet malt. It keeps on developing in the glass, so give it some time. Caramel, vanilla, ginger. Pineapple. Marzipan. Good stuff.
The attack is quite peppery, but the fruit wins hands down from the tannins of the wood. Sweet malt, again. Nice balance. It copes well with water, but I prefer this whisky without water.
The finish is medium in length, on pink grapefruit.
This is a very nice Glen Ord (that doesn’t need water) for an affordable price.