Only 20% of Glen Ord gets bottled as single malt. The rest goes into famous blends with Johnnie Walker and Dewar’s in the lead. Last year we were offered a 14 years old Singleton of Glen Ord in the Special Releases – with the resounded header ‘Five Cask Process’ on the label – but this year we are treated to an 18 years old. Obviously it comes in the iconic Singleton bottle, making it something of an odd one out in this line-up – at least from a visual point of view.
Zesty nose on orange peel and dried apples. It needs a bit of time, but is well worth the wait. Some nougat and a hint of cocoa. In the far back I even get some cola! A hint of oak kicks in. It turns a bit waxy. Lovely fruity dram, without bothering with complexity.
On the palate, it develops a waxy and zesty bitterness. Grapefruit with a peppery edge, apricots and candy floss. Quinine galore. Toffee? Floral honey. Some liquorice. Nicely balanced, by the way.
The finish is medium long, a touch drying with some pepper.
In all honesty, for this release my expectations were suitably low. That was my mistake. This is a lovely Ord at great strength. I am a fan!