Whisky Review: Glen Ord 11 Years Old 2004 Authentic Collection

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glen Ord Distillery

Bottling: Cadenheads Authentic Collection

ABV: 60.6%

Cost: <£50

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What they say:

Distilled in 2004 at Glen Ord Distillery and matured for 11 years in a (Bourbon?) Butt before producing 342 bottles at outturn in February 2016 at 60.6% natural cask strength as part of Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection

What I say:

Thanks to JJ at Whisky Rover for the bottle image

Dramvent Calender Day 6

This December I am attempting to sample and review a whisky everyday for the 24 days of Advent in the run up to Christmas. My very basic criteria as I sorted through my masses of whisky and samples were these:

  1. Single malt scotch only and should be (or have been) generally/easily available
  2. Each day must be from a different distillery
  3. Each day must be equivalent in age or older than the previous

This rare bottling of Glen Ord was produced by Cadenhead’s. Rare as most Ord output is sent abroad (mostly to the Asia market) or blended by the parent company that own the distillery. The single malt is bottled under the Singleton banner and is only available in the UK directly from the distillery until recently as a few expressions have crept into the Travel Retail markets too. This 11 year old single cask, cask strength example received rave reviews from many of my more discerning blogger friends such as JJ at Whisky Rover and Ben of Ben’s Whisky.

Colour:

Dark copper bronze (11/20) fine tears leave ultra-fine legs

Nose:

Fruity and slightly estery, banana, apple, pear, peach with a little white balsamic vinegar, dusty and biscuit cereal barley, with a few drops of orange oil and plenty of sweet honey and golden syrup

Taste:

Initially sweet with honey and golden syrup, a slight herbality to this one from the oak wood presents as a mixture of cinnamon and cardamom before the massively fruity Glen Ord spirit erupts with honey poached pears, nectarines, peach, tangerine, apple and banana backed by biscuit cereal barley and plenty of toffee

Finish:

Medium, sweet and floral orange blossom honey with a tinge of bitter oak wood

Overall:

A beautiful and deliciously sweet and fruity dram with fruit orange/tangerine essential oil, floral blossom and biscuity malt, a little less ginger and toffee than they strive to achieve normally at this distillery – but great stuff all the same. As for the cask – I’d have guessed this was from a refill (2nd or 3rd fill) sherry butt, however Ben suggests a butt remade out of ex-bourbon staves. Little sherry influence or tannic European oak was discernible, suggesting American oak wood and perhaps ex-bourbon?

Score: 89/100

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