Single malt whisky - tasting notes

22 Jun 2010

Glen Ord 1999 (Malts of Scotland)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glen Ord

Glen Ord distillery is a giant in the Diageo family: it has a large capacity as well as a maltings plant that produces for other Diageo distilleries. Most of the distillation is blended into Johnnie Walker, although there is an official release named Singleton of Glen Ord and a few limited editions.

This 1999 single cask was bottled by Malts of Scotland from a bourbon hogshead.

 

Glen Ord 1999 - Malts of Scotland Glen Ord 11 yo 1999 (54,5%, Malts of Scotland 2010, cask #31212, 289 btl.)

Nose: quite malty and neutral at first. Than a fruity side develops (peach, grapefruit, guava) together with a slightly waxy / flinty side. Linseed oil. A little Provence herbs (thyme and rosemary) and oak. Nothing exceptional and quite compact, I have the feeling I need to drag most of these flavours out of it. A bit of water makes it more fragrant and a bit easier though. Mouth: powerful but still a rather malty attack. Again a nice fruitiness (apple, even more tropical fruits like pineapple). Almonds and vanilla. Nutmeg. Honey. Some ginger. Overall a little rough and alcoholic maybe. Finish: medium length. Rather sweet and spicy but quite simple.

Not exactly my type of whisky but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it either. I’m sure I would have prefered this at an older age.
Slightly less than € 50.

Score: 82/100

Glen Ord 1999 (Malts of Scotland) 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-06-22
  • MARS

    I tryed this one last saturday at the witch and really liked it. I find this really complex. It’s better with some water(without it is closed)but too much water kill it too.
    Herbal on the nose with some fruits and yeast(levure).
    Mouth is powerfull and I found a lot of ginger in the finale.

    But this one is a like it or hate it. (most hate it)

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