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Glen Ord 30 Year Old

Royal Statement

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@PandemoniumReview by @Pandemonium

14th Jun 2015


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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10 years ago, back in 2005 Diageo distiller Glen Ord released a 30yo expression. To this day it will remain their oldest official expression, but who knows maybe they'll release a 40yo statement this year.

Description: the cask that was used is unknown, but I suspect refill or second fill sherry. burnished gold colour, most likely bottled at cask strenght (which is still quite high for a 30yo!)

Nose: An impeccable nose full of character, flowery (in the good sense of the word) with a bouquet of daffodils, geraniums (ozon?) and buttercups and yet mellow with yellow fruits and succulent peaches. Additionally a fair dab of wood polish and minty aromas prickling your nose. (with water added: warm cereal and a gust of sawdust)

Mouth: a clean, fresh (surprisingly for a 30yo) and alcoholic body. Slightly bitter on the palate, with essence of mirabelles, honey syrup, baked bananas, grapefruit along with a dash of salt.

Finish: long, with notes of grapefruit and camphor, slightly bitter in the tail.

Verdict: one of those refined whiskies that seems to do everything right. A royal statement from Glen Ord, this is their personal Versailles: grandeur, depth, symmetry, nothing radical, no surprises, just perfection. Extra points for the nose.

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