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The whisky

List of the bottles

Glen Ord: official bottlings

Glen-Ord

12 years

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
sherry
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Forum 81/100
Colour is gold with amber glints. The nose is fresh and simple (cereal) with some sherry hints. The palate confirms the nose with a dry and spicy finish of average length.
Single malt without personality nor conviction.

Personal Comment
The nose is pleasant, with some malt hints. The taste is rather complex, and a slight sherry hint augments the pleasure to drink this whisky which is not really known as being a great whisky - wrongly, according to my personal opinion-.A long finish with spicy hints make me give this whisky a rather good quotation. This is an interesting bottle, not to reject right away. In short a very good whisky.
79/100
During the second tasting, the nose was rather discrete, with a hint of pepper. The nose announces a good whisky. This impression is not denied in the palate. The problem is that it tastes a bit "diluted", has a lack at character. However, the taste is good, with some pepper and spice notes. The peppery finish is too short and gives the same impression of "dilution" It's a pity, because it could have been a great whisky.
79/100
The nose is surprisingly peppery wiht sherry hints behind some nice malty flavours. En the mouth, the first impression is rather discrete, but the taste develops quickly on more complex, still peppery and malty fragrances with sherry touches on the background. The finish is rather long, spicy and smoothly malted. This bottle seems to get better and better.
84/100

Glen-Ord

aged 12 years

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
40,0 %
Bottler
Official
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Forum 78/100
Glen Ord 40%
Personal Comment
The nose is first rather discrete. After a while it begins to open and reveals a nice sherryish and spicy dominance. In the palate, however, it is relatively deceiving, probably due to its 40%, which makes it a bit "watery". But the taste remains nicely complex, with beautiful spicy notes. The finish is lingering and amazing, as it gives the impression afterwards the alcohol percentage was higher, and the green pepper touches are still present. A amazing bottle, specially for its price... (may be it was a mistake in the store...)
74/100
Aeration was necessary to appreciate this whisky. The nose is now much more powerful and open, with nice hints of sherry and fruit. In the mouth, a very nice malty sensation, rather complex sith nice fruity hints and clear vanilla touches and some woody bitterness. A nice and warm finish, essentially marked by the malt.
79/100

Glen-Ord

25 years (2004)

Age
25 years
Alcohol percentage
58,3 %
Bottler
Official
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91/100
Glen Ord 25 2004
Personal Comment

Colour: Old gold
A beautiful nose which combines the smell of malt, fresh hay, a touch of metal. Then come the flowers and some woody notes coming after citrus scents, overripe orange. A very nice complexity and a real treat.
The first palate is one of great complexity where the wonderful taste of toasted malt mingles with the sweetness of ripe fruit (peach) before evolving into notes of dried fruit. The whole is remarkably integrated and has a superb balance.
Long finish shared between memories of roasted barley, cashews and citrus overripe.
A marvel ...
91/100


Glen-Ord

30 years (2005)

Age
30 years
Alcohol percentage
58,7 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 87/100
Glen Ord 30
Personal Comment
The nose is slightly aggressive, totally lacking in relief, while remaining cool and not really unpleasant. Tingling caused by alcohol or fatigue of the bottle (the bottle was not sealed the purchase ...).
A fresh mouth, acid and low complexity. Alcohol ...
The finish is fresh and ... that's it
70/100

Glen-Ord

Rare Malts 23 years

Collection
Rare Malts
Age
23 years
Alcohol percentage
60,8 %
Bottler
Official
Dates
Distil: 1974 Bottling: 10-1998
Bottle
2774 of
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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79/100
Glen Ord 23 ans Rare Malts
Personal Comment
The nose is marked by some discrete fragrance, recalling eau de Cologne in the middle of a flower field. Some hints of ripe fruit too. Presence of alcohol is obvious. The mouth is rather aggressive, firstly marked by alcohol and some woody aromas, but however quite complex. Stealthy hints of liquorice are present as well. The warm finish should have some more roundness. However, it is very long. This whisky certainly deserves another tasting. A few days of aeration should be benefic to this whisky.
79/100

Gle Ord: Independent bottlings

Glen-Ord

1999

Collection
Eilan Gillan
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Cognacs Leopold Gourmel
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0/100
Glen Ord Eilan Gillan
Personal Comment

Glen-Ord

Old Malt Cask, 18 years

Collection
Old malt cask
Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
50,0 %
Bottler
Douglas Laing
Cask
refill butt
Cask number
single cask 3336
Dates
Distil: 01/1989 Bottling: 02/2007
Bottle
808 btls
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84/100
Gle Ord: Old Malt Cask
Personal Comment

An amazingly fresh nose where cut grass and discrete hay notes mix with some nutty hints.
The mouth is relatively complex, adding light hazelnut and coffee with milk notes to the freshness of the nose. A very pleasant nose anyway.
The finish is rather long, mixing some blurred memories of milk chocolate and hazelnuts are followed by some alcohol impression, which was completely absent in both the nose and the mouth.
84/100


Glen-Ord

Daily Dram Long Red, 12 years

Collection
Daily Dram
Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Bresser&Timmer / The Nectar
Dates
Distil: 1996 Bottling: 2008
Bottle
184 btls
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84/100
Glen Ord Long Red
Personal Comment
Cut grass menthol and hay are the first fragrances the nose encounters. This first impression is followed by spices, pepper and clove. A nose both very fresh and very coloured.
The mouth is pleasant too wit first nice fresh notes prolonging perfectly the nose and which slowly develop on a light bitterness.
Bitterness dominates the long finish, which however remains rather fresh.
84/100

Glen-Ord

Single Malts of Scotland, 18 years

Collection
The Single Malts of Scotland
Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
52,8 %
Bottler
Specialty Drinks Ltd
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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84/100
Glen Ord Single malts of Scotland
Personal Comment
Very nice classical nose with its beautiful malty notes and pleasant floral touches. A touch of hay and caramel notes. A nice whole, rather balanced but not really complex.
The mouth is refined and smooth with nice fruity hints. Apples, pears and peaches followed by a kind of slightly acid bitterness. Amazing but quite pleasant.
Very nice fruity finish too.
An excellent surprise.
84/100

Glen-Ord

1999, Bourbon Hogshead

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
54,5 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Bourbon Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 31212
Dates
Distil: 09/03/1999 Bottling: 03/2010
Bottle
27 of 289 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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88/100
Glen Ord 1999 Malts of Scotland
Personal Comment

A pleasant nose consisting of freshness and bitterness. Coffee notes lost in an ocean of cut grass. Floral hints too, a touch of eucalyptus and spices, pepper. Very nice complexity.
The palate is quite complex too. First impression is a remarkable freshness. Nice acid notes developing on milk chocolate through divers fruity fragrances. Extremely pleasant mouth and the papilla's travel from an initial acid world to a light bitterness, walnut and chocolate to finish on a clear domination of acid notes.
The finish is of medium length and amazingly does not retain any of the acidity which was so present in the late mouth. Chocolate, or even coffee seem to dominate here.
88/100


Glen Ord: Samples

Glen-Ord

Gifted Stills 1998

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
8 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
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79/100
Personal Comment
An exceptional nose, both peppery and very fresh. Very expressive and very promising. The mouth is not in the same tone. The taste is much smoother than expected after the nosing. It developes on nutty/malty tastes, on a great smoothness and a kind of bitterness. However, the palette seems too limited. The finish is lingering and pleasantly marked by slightly bitter notes. A good whisky, but the mouth did not confirm the qualities of the nose.
79/100
Pleasant and fresh nose, marked by both spices (pepper) and gentle leather notes. Some fruity hints and bee wax. The palate is rather discrete, with fruity notes (banana), without complexity while remaining pleasantly fresh. Spices return after a while. The finish is lingering, marked by pepper. Nice tasting.
79/100

Glen-Ord

Gifted Stills 2001

Collection
Gifted Stills
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
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79/100
Personal Comment
The nose is clearly fruity and very fresh. Somewhere between peach and apple with touches of smoke and hints of vanilla.
The palate is quite varied without being really complex. Alternately sweet then bitter and finally acid tastes before coming back on the fruity sweetness. Amazing and quite pleasant even if a little higher percentage of alcohol would have enhanced the complexity of this whisky.
The finish is relatively long and first marked by nutty hints before developing on fruit again after a while.
79/100

Glen-Ord

Best Casks of Scotland 1996-2007

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
11 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
Dates
Distil: 1996 Bottling: 2007
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74/100
Personal Comment

Color: White wine
The nose is pleasantly marked by a mixture of hazelnuts and fruit yellow. Nice spicy addition. Not complex but not in default. The nose is pleasant if not extraordinary.
The first impression is a blend of citrus, orange peel and nuts. Orange peel seems to dominate throughout the tasting. Here again nothing spectacular, but the whiskey is very nice
The finish is discreet and relatively short duration.
74/100


Glen-Ord

1996, bourbon hogshead

Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
53,3 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Bourbon Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 2171
Dates
Distil: 03-1996 Bottling: 04-2011
Bottle
310 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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82/100
Personal Comment

Color: White wine
A nice fresh nose mingling smells of freshly cut grass and ripe fruit. Pleasantly scented, this nose is remarkably soft without falling into the honey. A hint of mint and spices complement the pleasant picture.
Very nice entry on the palate with these interesting acid notes, this slightly metallic concoction of herbs but without any aggressiveness. Always fresh, but little complexity.
The finish is fresh and relatively short if even nonexistent. A pity, because the mouth foreshadowed more body.
An ideal whisky for summer as it is pleasantly cool.
82/100


Glen-Ord

1999, Bourbon Hogshead

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
54,4 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Bourbon Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 110013
Dates
Distil: 09/03/1999 Bottling: 10/2011
Bottle
232 of 292 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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WDTS2012-04 86/100
Glen Ord 1999 MOS
Personal Comment

Color: Gold
A slightly fruity nose without exuberance. At the limit of discretion, the nose seems very balanced but very little complex. Some notes close to the cut grass supplemented with malt scents ... However, after several minutes at the bottom of the glass, new sensations, made of notes of hazelnut enhance the pleasue of the nose.
The mouth is much nicer than the nose. First some clear notes of chocolate milk, muesli and nuts contrast enough with the discretion of the nose.
A very balanced mouth without any aggression. Slightly more complex than the nose, the mouth is very nice.
The finish is long and warm especially marked by those rather unexpected for Glen Ord notes of mocha .
83/100

WDTS2012-04
Comment by Savoureur
appearance: yellow gold
nose: medium intensity, alcohol fairly well integrated, honey, beeswax, ripe plums, toasted cereals, passion fruit, alcoholic freshness, dark chocolate and coffee are added after 30 minutes of breathing
taste: medium to strong intensity, well integrated alcohol, taste climbs like stairs: sweetness, lemon, dryness, fruits, pepper follow and add each other
finish: medium to long

Conclusion: A very nice whisky. No need to say more

91/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by Dede
Colour: Pale Amber
Nose: wax, honey, spices (white pepper, ginger) and a cocktail of fruit (orange, peach, apricot), here are the ingredients of this tasty and delightful nose. A bit of pencil lead, a hint of coconut add further complexity. Alcohol is present, however, suggesting a fairly high title.
Taste: The fruit is still on the peach and apricot, the rich texture lining the palate, pungent spices provide a genuine, wood structure and all without ever dominating. It is very successful.
Finish: Long, fruity and spicy.

Conclusion: A superb malt Clynelish spoke to me, or better yet, the Glen Ord 30yo. Anyway, this is the Highlands I thought. Absolutely drinkable dry despite an alcohol probably quite high, but tolerates the addition of water.
91/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by Mars
Nose: Encaustic, dust, lime with some mint. Powerful with an alcohol very present.
With a little water: A touch of smoke and biscuit.
After aeration: It's more fruity (and bitterness), there is less polish and alcohol notes. Exotic notes appear.

Palate: Almost like the nose (99%) with less alcohol present.
After aeration: Very fruity, vanilla, sweet.

Finale: Finale is also like the nose and the mouth. Slightly woody. The finish is long with a nice bitterness.
With a little water: Appearance of a grany smith note.
After aeration: Exoticism, lemon, apple, sugar, vanilla and some spices.

Comments: I had already found it fine in the first tasting even though alcohol and bitterness were a little too pronounced. After two weeks of opening, the alcohol is well integrated and we have less bitterness. Let him breathe!
A good one!

91/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by Jean-Michel
Colour: Amontillado Sherry.
Nose: Starts on tons of apple crisp, vanilla ice cream scoop included. High end vanilla ice cream, actually, with grated vanilla and crystallized fruits. Sicilian Cassata. Turning to nougat ice cream. Yeah! Lot's of nougat. Just add a slice of tinned pineapple and you get something really yummy, providing the same kind of plain pleasure than, let's say, a 1979 Bourbon Glenfarclas or a nicely aged Glenburgie.
Mouth: Yep. All that was said about the nose is confirmed here. The milky notes from the ice cream, the soft nougat, the high end vanilla… A little more spices too. And we shan't forget the pineapple! Lovely it is. And mellow too, with a nicely integrated alcohol (51%?).
Finish: Same flavors last for ever.

Comment: What shall I add? I've got the strange feeling that this might not be that old (around 20yo), but the cask did a great job. Well, a job to my liking, obviously…

90/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by ALouis
Color: Light Amber
Nose: fruity sherry , ripe bananas, dates, figs and hints of rancio.
A bit of background solvent as well as nuts, honey, a touch of vanilla and coconut.
With a little water, the solvent disappears and fruits are more present and a lot of spices.
Mouth: The sherry is very present but no astringency.
The fruits are more stewed than in the nose, on plum, dried fruit, nuts and a slight rancio.
The water makes it more balanced and fruity, there was also honey and chocolate.
Finish: Long on one gourmet sherry and walnuts.
90/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
Colour: Golden straw, beautiful, a little on the darker side, nice, oily and tearful.
Nose: Sweet honeycomb, soft floral notes in the back, but absolutely not too sweet, very soft leathery notes add a nice complexity. First guess: Not a young one.
Taste: Sweet again, but also again good and complex, there’s a nifty entrance of alcohol (about 46%?), honey, vanilla, white chocolate, almonds (Toblerone), also soft traces of dried fruit, beautiful and round, I do not dare to add water here, wishing very much I had a little more of this stuff…
Finish: Again very nice, there seems to be no cask finish, a soft bitter oaken note adds extra pleasure, also some nice fresh herbal notes (dill, rosemary) rolling down the palate.
Conclusion: A very fine dram, exactly my cup of tea if it comes to a no smoky whisky.
Guesswork: Seems to me like a fine matured Highland whisky, (like Glenmorangie or Balvenie) could also be a Lowlander or even a Single Grain.

89/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by Canis_Lupus
Color: Yellow Gold.
Nose: nose first immediately fruity and floral. The fruit is enhanced quickly and can replace floral. Comes fairly quickly to an peak alcoholic almost annoying. The fruit continues to evolve to become both exotic and confit, very sweet, jammy, fruit paste. Red fruit (raspberry, blackcurrant) mingle at all. rubber and sulfur very subtle. Heady and very greedy. Potpourri.
Water weakens the nose.
Mouth: A kind of strong coffee, espresso, mixed with lots of spices. Rich and powerful, the alcohol rises and becomes almost biting. As a fruit acid in back of the mouth.
The water causes the mouth to the edge of over-dilution dice the first drops.
Finale: The finale begins with a wave of alcohol, but surprisingly nonaggressive. Very warm and in line with the finish. Powerful and rather long.
Becomes excessively wooded dice the first drops of water.

Comments: Quite powerful and expressive, rich, complex and evolving, with an alcohol present but without going to excess, he collapses completely by the first drops of water.
89/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by Jmputz
Color: Gold
A very fresh nose, combining notes of pepper to cut grass. mint Discreet and great deal of subtlety. The early felt tingling quickly vanished.
On the palate, we first have the impression of eating a sour candy, and soon there was an explosion ... Spicy notes are added to sweetness of the sour first impression. This gives this whisky a very significant complexity. This is a nice surprise after the nose that was a little discreet.
The finish is of medium length and its discretion contrasts with the mouth. Despite this subtle discretion, it is nice and hints of toasted bread that appear towards the end are staggering after that mouth which was frankly on another level.
86/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by Amor57
The nose is clearly marked by sherry, with aromas of glue and camphor. The apricot and beeswax are also accompanying the melted Swiss cheese, sandalwood , chewedpencil - not sandalwood ones! I also find a nice citrus fruity with a touch of freshness, anise, plum and dried fig, the date. Really, really fun. In the mouth, after a sharp attack, this hand on spices and bananas, unfortunately marred by a wooded area a tad too tannic and a little alcohol. The finish is a nice summary of the nose and mouth.
With a drop of water, the nose is creamy but the mouth is excessively influenced by alcohol.
86/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by Pompix
At first nosing, this whisky is malty and fresh, with hint of alcohol and fruity notes, in a raw young grain style. After breathing, better balance on nice malty juice, dried fruits, almond and soft spices (cinnamon).
In mouth, powerful and malty attack with spices, like on the nose.
Sweet finish on spices. Nice malt in Dailuaine JB WITC2 style.

86/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by Piazzolla
Nose: mineral, marine, sweet / fruity. Slightly pungent. Coffee. Sherry cask likely. A little too light for my taste.
Palate: strange, dry mouth with notes confirming the sherry cask. Frustrating because we feel a certain complexity but too underlying (fruity): excessive dilution? Significantly better in the aeration including more fruity (peach yellow, crystallized lemon).
Final medium and little expressive
Conclusion: definitely needs time, even if it does not transfigure. A good malt with which one can be honorably pleased.
85/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by Jbrice
Nose: Dried apricots, peach syrup, floral touches
Palate: Concentrated in the continuity of the nose. Nice balance between flavor and the power of alcohol.
Long and drying.

Simple and delicious. Very nice.

85/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by mapi
Color: gold

Nose: First impression of sweetness and baked apple. Then alcohol provides the tension. Then come notes of citrus and wax. Finally herbal notes such as basil freshly cut.

Palate: Alcohol mask somewhat the whisky. Soft texture but whisky clearly lacks balance. The flavors come in a second time with caramel sauce (floating island and Flamby) and butter.

Final: the finish is smooth with hints of leather. Citrus flavors come again before leaving the place basil but this time much more marked.
85/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by Roblanza
Color: Ochre
Nose: Vanilla Cookies, caramel, woody
taste: smooth full flavor, caramel and wood, tingling peppery notes, not really exciting but okay and very drinkable

84/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by Malt1972
Colour: amber
Nosing: fresh and sweet, raisiny, sherry, vanilla but some earthy notes as well.
Tasting: wow! A huge wall of firmness! Unexpected, pretty sharp on the tongue, spiciness. Not really developing however.
Finish: medium

82/100
WDTS2012-04
Comment by Arno
Nose: intense light tobacco, cigarette , cigar box. The intensity becomes downright sickly. In the same kind, hay, straw, dust. Licorice, spices and wood. Maybe a little lemon. Aeration and water give something little better. Very surprising, but I do not appreciate.
Taste: spicy, beginning on tobacco, spices, licorice, chips, lemon ... The mouth is going according to nose, the whole is very astringent, dry, unpleasant. Some herbs come save the day: thyme, bay leaf. Water hides tobacco but highlights the spice & liquorice.
Final: on dry wood & the swarf.
Conclusion: Honestly, it really is not terrible, I have not had a good time. And I did not finish my glass.
73/100

Glen Ord: Not in collection

Glen-Ord

40 years old

Age
40 years
Alcohol percentage
40,1 %
Bottler
Royal Miles
Dates
Distil: 1965 Bottling: 2005
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90/100
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