Bourbon Hogshead Cask No: 31212 1 of 289 bottles
distilled 09.03.1999 , bottled 03.2010
54,5% natural cask strength , 70cl
03 - 2013
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Glen Ord 1999/2010 (54.5%, Malts of Scotland, bourbon hogshead, cask #31212, 289 bottles)
Colour: full gold. Nose: a full, rich, almost thick and oily nose at first nosing, with a lot of vanilla, light honey,
beeswax and warm brioche. It’s only after a few minutes that additional whiffs of lamp oil and putty do emerge,
together with a few tannins and some mocha (newly sawn oak). Very ‘modern’ so far, very ‘newish American oak’
but there is some Glen Ord character behind all that. With water: greatest news ever (am I exaggerating a bit?),
the oak is down and the spirit is up. Much better balanced, with Ord’s smokiness coming through together with
quite some caraway and juniper berries. Mouth (neat): even more ‘modern’ than on the nose, more extractive for
sure, with this very peculiar combination of vanilla, ginger and barley sugar that screams ‘new (or rejuvenated)
American oak’. Hyper-extractive, really, with little room left for the original spirit in my opinion - unless water will
unleash it! With water: not quite, it’s rather the sweet caramel and maple syrup that comes out with water.
Liquorice rolls. Finish: long and very sweet, with quite some ginger liqueur in the aftertaste.
Comments: hmm. This is technically perfect, they probably had 25 engineers behind that hoggie
– night and day. Again, all perfect and eminently quaffable but what it lacks is emotion in my view.
The epitome of modern malt whisky. SGP:641 - 85 points.