Review: Glen Ord 12 Years Old

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin Glen Ord Distillery

Bottling: Official – Diageo

ABV: 43%

Cost: £79.95* from Master of Malt

Glen Ord 12 90's

What they say:

An exuberantly spicy malt, with plenty of sherry influence, Glen Ord is a fine example of the Highland style and very good value for money. This bottling is now discontinued, to be replaced by Singleton of Glen Ord, so grab one while you can.

Glen Ord 12 Duck's Inn

What I say:

Our first whisky during our tasting session at Duck’s Inn was this hand-picked Glen Ord 12 Years Old ‘cube’ bottled from the late 198o’s/early 1990’s and available up until 2008 in Europe but replaced by the Singleton of Glen Ord bottling available only at the distillery in the UK and widely distributed in Asia. Back in the 1970’s Glen Ord was heralded as one of the classic Highland single malts and regarded as one of the finest.

Colour:

Dark amber gold (11/20) medium tears with medium-fine legs

Nose:

Malty cereal barley and spiced cinnamon, a little gingerbread, some sweet citrus orange or clementine, vanilla essence and a hint of chocolate

Taste:

Peppery spice initially, freshly ground nutmeg and cinnamon powder, ginger nut biscuits, malty cereal barley, toffee and salted caramel oak, a hint of treacle and darker chocolate before lots of orange oil essence, candied peel, like a cosmopolitan cocktail with orange zest/expressed oil

Finish:

Medium-short orange, ginger, toffee and spice.

Overall:

Accomplished but not overly complex, chosen as a starter dram as it was relatively light but introduced a little spice and subtle salt and toffee flavours, perfect for testing the palate.

Score: 82/100

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