Glen Ord 30yo (OB)

Royal Statement

Ten years ago, back in 2005 Diageo distiller Glen Ord released a 30yo expression. To this day it will remain their oldest official release. But who knows, maybe the Diageo special releases this year will hold a 40yo statement.

glen ord 30.1Description: the cask that was used is unknown, but I suspect refill or second fill sherry. burnished gold colour, most likely bottled at cask strength (which is still quite high for a 30yo!)

Nose: an impeccable nose full of character, flowery (in the good sense of the word) with a bouquet of daffodils, geraniums (ozon?) and buttercups and yet mellow with yellow fruits and succulent peaches. Additionally a fair dab of wood polish and minty aromas prickling your nose.
(with water added: a warm wheat field and a gust of sawdust).

Mouth: a clean, fresh (surprisingly for a 30yo) and alcoholic body. Slightly bitter on the palate, with essence of mirabelles, honey syrup, baked bananas, grapefruit along with a dash of salt.

Finish: long, with notes of grapefruit and camphor, slightly bitter in the tail.


The Verdict: one of those refined whiskies that seems to do everything right. A royal statement from Glen Ord, this is their Versailles in a bottle: grandeur, depth, symmetry, nothing radical, no surprises, just perfection. Extra points for that brilliant nose.
Score: 88

Nose: 24

Taste: 22
Finish: 22 Balance: 20
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house