Singleton of Glen Ord 18

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Bottle: Fairly plain and conservative labeling but on a flat, wide bottle. Like an over sized hip flask…

Nose: Tangerine, beeswax and hay. Soft but pleasant enough.

Body: Medium. Good viscosity. Super smooth.

Palate: Fresh and clean. Orchard fruits (apricot, nectarine, peach), mirabelle jam and barley sugar in that order.

Finish: A little on the short side, subtle and delicate. Tangerine and beeswax all over again. A little salted butter and lime in the tail as it fades out.

Neat/Ice/Water: 40%. Neat. It’s not robust enough for any watering.

Verdict: Quaffable. My mum recently passed through Scotland on holiday and found herself in Inverness, the “capital of the highlands”. I emailed her that the Glen Ord distillery was a mere hop, skip and a jump away from where she was staying (I’d been there myself many years past) and that it’s a good one for a tour. Shamefully however, I had an ulterior motive, could she get me something from the distillery shop that wasn’t available anywhere else. Unfortunately at the time, distillery only releases were out but at least I snagged this nice 18 year old. Apparently bottled for the Asian market but you can get it online for £88 or so. For that kind of money I’d choose something else but it’s still very good. This is premium safe whisky. It glides down effortlessly and has a touch of class to it but it’s not overly challenging either. A very good background dram.

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