Glen Ord 1996 20 year old Chateau Lafitte Finish (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s wood range bottling.

Nose: Boiled sweets, red pepper, strawberries and cream. Very nice to breathe and quite enticing.

Body: Thick, syrupy and a bit brackish.

Palate: Raspberries and rhubarb switching to marzipan and hay. It’s a little odd this one I must say.

Finish: Rosemary, cherry liqueur and raspberry jelly. Something clashing here, the herbs and the fruit are fighting each other.

Neat/Ice/Water: 54.3%. Much of a muchness neat or watered. Not great either way so stick with neat when in doubt.

Verdict: Average. I like how this one starts but it gets progressively worse at each stage . The nose is by far the best part and the finish is unsatisfying. After the last Ord we got from Cadenhead’s it’s a let down but totally different in character. Lacks harmony and feels unbalanced, you can’t (or don’t want to) drink too much of this at once. In a Chateau Lafitte cask for the last 7 years, whatever they were trying to do, didn’t really pan out. 252 bottles.

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