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December 13, 2021


Love Ord. It is one of the vital necessary locations within the Scotch whisky trade and the make’s all the time both excellent, or glorious.

Ord Maltings, 2006 (SV) ->

Glen Ord 9 yo (46%, James Eadie, Small Batch, first fill bourbon and refill hogsheads, three casks, 1118 bottles, 2021)

Glen Ord 9 yo (46%, James Eadie, Small Batch, first fill bourbon and refill hogsheads, three casks, 1118 bottles, 2021) Four stars

Color: white wine. Nostril: typical. Peanut oil, Meursault, touches of varnish and pineapple (amyl diacetate), rhubarb and vanilla. Mouth: very malty, with extra rhubarb as effectively, beers, cake, walnuts and cashews, roasted peanuts, and this oily/earthy facet that is all the time moderately Ord in my e-book. End: medium, caky. Orange cake, marmalade, peanut butter. Feedback: I feel we’ll do this previous joke as soon as once more (bear with me), Ord is something however Ord-inary. No, not too proud, however I beloved the peanut butter on this one. Very excellent.

SGP:451 – 86 factors.

Ord 11 yo 2004/2016 (60.6%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, butt, 342 bottles)

Ord 11 yo 2004/2016 (60.6%, Cadenhead, Genuine Assortment, butt, 342 bottles) Three stars

Certainly we’re late, as soon as once more. Color: gold. Nostril: a bit unsure when neat. Putty, nail polish, mannequin glue, minimize cactus, British strawberry yoghurt. No, that is a special one. With water: earth, peelings, mezcal, gentian. Sounds nice however solely the palate will inform. Mouth (neat): feels good, ueber-tart, nearly spritzig. Lime and grass juice. With water: ultra-tight, very grassy, acidic and ascetic. Not for the faint-hearted; as they are saying in Disneyworld. End: lemon juice and granny smith juice, 50/50, plus a bit lavender cleaning soap that, certainly, would carry it down ten factors. So unhappy… Salt within the aftertaste. Feedback: a rollercoaster of a younger Ord. Loses you at occasions.

SGP:471 – 80 factors.

Ord 11 yo 2008/2020 (54.1%, Cadenhead, Sherry Cask, 210 bottles)

Ord 11 yo 2008/2020 (54.1%, Cadenhead, Sherry Cask, 210 bottles) Three stars and a half

Maintain on, this was solely a ending, because it was transferred to an oloroso sherry hogshead in November 2016. Okay, say a double maturation. Color: purple espresso and Cherry Heering. Nostril: and bingo, there, Cherry Heering. Clafoutis and battelman, PX, black pipe tobacco… With water: in fact I feel that is superior, you’ll nearly consider you are visiting a bodega in Jerez. Blackcurrant jam and thick pinot noir in every single place. Mouth (neat): ueber-rich, fats, that is nearly some spicy and earthed-up Christmas cake. Crystalised cherries, prunes, previous pinot noir, Spanish ham, black pepper, cloves… Not a ballerina-malt for certain. With water: no, it is excellent. Mars bar, espresso, pipe tobacco, prunes, cassis syrup, and simply extra pinot noir. Palomino fino, proper… End: a candy earthiness, some dates, some prunes, some cherry liqueur (guignolet) and a drop of gravy. Menthol within the aftertaste. Feedback: some heavy remedy and never a lot distillery character left, however to be sincere, it is a wonderful sherry monster.

SGP:651 – 84  factors.

Ord 13 yo 2005/2018 (56.5%, Cadenhead, Small Batch)

Ord 13 yo 2005/2018 (56.5%, Cadenhead, Small Batch) Two stars

From one hogshead plus one butt. Color: gold. Nostril: this bready greasiness and actually a number of lager or pilsner. Kronenbourg and plaster. With water: extra indefinite. A stroll within the woods whereas consuming Glen Ord out of your previous hipflask. Certainly, not a lot sense. Mouth (neat): good tight malt, with a number of grass and fruit peelings, together with citrus zests. With water: considerably between two worlds. Powerful peppery stuff. End: lengthy, ultra-tight, grassy, peppery, tough. Loses many factors now. A bitter malty fruitiness within the aftertaste. Feedback: feels a bit ‘random’ and fairly un-Ord. Maybe not one of many malts we’ll keep in mind without end…  It was Glenrothes, was it not?

SGP:451 – 76 factors.

Glen Ord 13 yo 2007/2021 (48.5%, WhiskySponge, refill hogshead, 337 bottles)

Glen Ord 13 yo 2007/2021 (48.5%, WhiskySponge, refill hogshead, 337 bottles) Four stars

Color: white wine. Nostril: contemporary gristy and brioche-y barleyish arrival, then linseed oil and hummus. Additionally white asparagus and oats. Positive this ain’t Ardbeg 1975, however we do benefit from the gristiness in there. Bang, but a brand new phrase. Mouth: rather more occurring, with petroly oranges, paraffin, oranges-and-cloves, candy mustard, pink pepper, some turmeric, some ginger, horseradish… Now this child would are inclined to chunk you earlier than you down it. Higher down it quick then. End: moderately lengthy, spicy and gristy. Some form of spicy and fruity oiliness, exhausting to explain. Hops, bitters… Feedback: one other good one which we can’t keep in mind without end. Briefly, that is neither Ardbeg Provenance, nor Glen Ord 30 yo OB (WF 93, no much less), however there certain is a number of goodness.

SGP:362 – 85 factors.

The Singleton of Glen Ord 39 yo (46.2%, OB, 1,695 bottles, 2021)

The Singleton of Glen Ord 39 yo (46.2%, OB, 1,695 bottles, 2021) Four stars and a half

A model new bottling. It’s a curious customized so as to add descriptors to the entrance of such a fancy bottle, on this case: ‘succulent blackberries with muscovado crumble’. It is like if on the again bumper of a Porsche, the makers would have added ‘quick and dependable however cautious in curves to the left’. This Ord has been multi-finished (claret, sherry) however we’ll simply neglect about all that and check out it as if it was simply, effectively, an previous Glen Ord. Color: darkish purple amber. Nostril: Mrs Robinson’s completed it once more. Outdated Cuban cigars, very previous Morgon (gamay ages very effectively when from home), shoe polish and lots of embrocations, resins, oils, Barbour grease, then lighter notes of pink bananas, cherry stem tea, canine rose tea, then rosewood and simply strawberry cake. Ouahouh, would we are saying in French. Mouth: I am not too certain concerning the combo that is in movement right here, resins and purple berries, maybe? But it surely stays malty and moderately spicy, whilst you do certainly really feel that the previous whisky has been revived in a method, and even reactivated. I am questioning, would this work on people too? Think about you are 60+ and also you go to Blackgrange, they usually do just a few tips on you with woods and wines, and presto, et voilà, you are 40 whenever you come out! End: medium, with hints of copper polish, in any other case chestnut purée, walnut wine and thyme tea. Bitter chocolate within the aftertaste. Feedback: there certain was some fragility to those previous casks, however the refurbishment works went very effectively. That is Notre-Dame-of-Scotland.

SGP:651 – 89 factors.

They have been additionally having these within the very, and I imply very good press pack (to whomever did it, bravo!) so why not strive them?

The Singleton 12 yo ‘Cask Pattern’ (55.5%, OB, press pack, 2021) Not even certain that is Glen Ord. Color: white wine. Nostril: pure barley. I imply, barley as in barley. And malt as in malt. Mouth: high-focus orangey malt and cassata. Inexperienced espresso, celeriac eau-de-vie, asparagus eau-de-vie, and beets. End: extraordinarily lengthy, extraordinarily malty. Feedback: wow, what a shocking ueber-malt, what’s placing right here is that simply as you’ll anticipate any fruity eau-de-vie to specific the very essence of mentioned fruits, that is plain and pure eau-de-vie de barley. However let’s not neglect that Ord’s additionally a necessary malting plant.

Pedro Ximenez & Oloroso ‘Bespoke Mix’ (15.4%, OB, 2021)

So the form of ‘mix’ they’re utilizing to do a few of the seasonings of the ending casks they might then use on malts. It is a complete course of, you perceive. So very glad to have the ability to do this, whereas conserving in thoughts that that is most likely the ‘increased resolution’ they’ve. We’re an important viewers anyway. Color: espresso brown. Nostril: fairly bitter and moderately on greens, asparagus, weissbeer, salsify, strawberries, cabbage, and certainly rancio wine. Actually not as candy and comfortable as I might have thought. Mouth: yeah nice. I certain would not begin to query something right here, however it’s a beautiful softer sherry and albeit, I might bottle and promote this moderately than use it to season any awful two-penny oak casks, in Jerez or in Clackmannanshire. End: yep, good. Strawberries, purple berries, banana skins. Feedback: some form of drier cream sherry. All of us hate cream sherry, however I might say that is as a result of we’ve not tried this sort.


In Jerez, a very long time in the past.


Château Lacoste-Borie 2018 (14.5%, OB, Pauillac) Lacoste-Borie is Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste’s second wine, it isn’t truly a ‘château’. This wonderful little Bordeaux has been used within the previous Glen Ord 39, indirectly. First time I am attempting a fairly wonderful purple Bordeaux as a pattern despatched by a drinks multinational, however I suppose that’s the method of the world. Color: purple purple. Nostril: blackcurrant and bell peppers, vanilla and sawdust, tomato sauce, that is traditional middle-bodied Pauillac. Mouth: fairly good, a tad grassy and skinny, maybe. Tomato sauce and cassis. End: a bit brief. Feedback: a lightweight, grassy little Pauillac, actually not a Pichon or any of the primary, however this little Bordeaux certain ain’t dangerous in any respect. In any respect, in any respect, in any respect……  









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