Glen Ord 13 Years Old 2001 – 77.36 Easy peasy lemon squeezy

Highland single malt scotch whisky

59.3% ABV, £46 for 70cl from Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Score: 86/100

SMWS

What they say:

Cask 77.36

Colour: Fading dusk

Flavour: Spicy & sweet

The first nose was of salted lemons, and light floral notes of wild flowers. Then a more earthy character developed with leather, caramel peanuts and Battenberg cake. The panel found it brisk at full strength with lemon cake and lime sorbet flecked with chilli and topped with nutty granola. It chilled out with water and reminded the panel of sipping elderflower cordial in a summer meadow, with cut grass. It was declared ‘super drinkable’ with a lovely texture, remaining slightly fizzy like lemon bonbons. It had chunks of more exotic fruits: melon, mango, pineapple blended into a fruity daiquiri with coconut.

Drinking Tip – Super chilled and laid back

Distilled 3rd April 2001, Bottled 2014, 13 Years Old, Cask type – Refill Hogshead, 267 bottle outturn.

SMWS77.36

What I say:

A distillery that is relatively unheard of in its native lane, The Singleton of Glen Ord is bottled by Diageo almost exclusively for their Asia and Far East market and it has been suggested the flavour profile of this distillery is complimentary to the cuisines from this region of the world. It is also quite rare to find a Glen Ord (SMWS distillery #77) bottling at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society with this being only the 36th Glen Ord cask bottled to date. It comes as no surprise then that once spotted I jumped at the chance to dram this and bag another distillery in my SMWS adventure.

Colour:

Amber gold (10/20), medium tears

Nose:

Lemon, citrus, floral, sweet, ginger spiced, zesty, acidic, grapefruit, lemongrass

Taste:

Warm lemon tart, pastry, icing sugar, lemon curd, honey, hot toddy, lime, with water more lemon citrus, Lemsip, cereal barley flour and Ponzu sauce

Finish:

Warming, ginger heat and smooth and tangy lemon curd

Overall:

Incredibly sweet and reasonably uni-directional with the masses of lemons in this dram. A little time spent with this one revealed more subtle flavours though they were never in danger of even remotely balancing out that sweetness! If you have a sweet tooth and like lemons then this is definitely the dram for you! A pleasure to sample all the same.