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We end the Glen Ord tasting with the lightests of the three. In colour, I mean. ABV-wise, this one is the heavyweight from the family with no less than 58,7%. Let’s see if it can compete with it’s younger brothers.
The nose is wonderfully sweet with freshly cut grass and both fresh and dried flowers. Apricots and honey. Some polish. But it becomes very fruity after several minutes – hey, for a 30 year old whisky, even you can spare 15 minutes, right? – with gooseberry, coconut and tangerines. Some lemon as well. Great with capital G.
Being so fresh and bright after 30 years in an oak cask is not an easy feat, I think. But this whisky pulls it off. A whole range of marmalades (not just apple sauce), but also baked banana, suffused with orange juice and sprinkled with granulated sugar. The whole is nicely balanced with the bitterness of the wood. Wonderful with capital W.
The finish is very, very long (say Long with capital L), keeping the balance between sweet and bitterness.
While I’m not per sé convinced that older means better, it is the case with these official Glen Ord bottlings.