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Glen Ord 30 Year Old Review

26th January 2015
Glen Ord 30 Year Old Special Release which is becoming increasingly rare to find.

The Glen Ord 30 year old is a limited release of 6000 bottles from Diageo's Black Isle distillery which was originally released in 2005 as part of Diageo's Special Releases.

The whisky made headlines a few years ago (around 2010/11 if I remember correctly) when Diageo slashed the price of this whisky from around 600 to 200 then released a load of it at the lower price into the marketplace. Needless to say much of it was snapped up by whisky drinkers who would normally have found this whisky out of their financial reach. But you can still find a few bottles in whisky specialist shops today although I don't think you will ever find it available at 200 again.

The Northern Highlands distillery was founded in 1838 and over the years it has been known by a variety of names, it has been called Ord, Ordie, Glenordie, Glen Oran and Muir of Ord as well.

Although the distillery has a large 11 million litres per year output capacity most of us don't see that much of the single malt it produces. Over the years it has been available as a single malt from time to time. Then in 2006 The Singleton of Glen Ord range was launched which today has a 12, 18 and 30 year old expression but it is mainly found in Asian markets.

Every year Diageo release a limited number of natural cask-strength single malt whiskies from either well known or no-longer-operational distilleries, these make up their Special Releases series. To date there have been three Glen Ord Special Releases, a Glen Ord 28 year old in 2003, a Glen Ord 25 year old in 2004 and the last release in 2005 of this Glen Ord 30 year old.

Luckily for us, Murray Cohen, Order of the Companions of the Quaich Canada and our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member, Quaich1 has kindly submitted a review for us following an "Evening of Scottish Virtuosity" premium whisky tasting event last week in Toronto Canada where Diageo premium whisky ambassador Stuart Brown presented, amongst other whiskies, the Glen Ord 30 year old. You can read what Murray thought of the Glen Ord 30 year old below.

Stock of the Glen Ord 30 Year Old is becoming increasingly rare but you can find some available now from The Whisky Exchange priced 275.

Glen Ord 30 Year Old Review

Review submitted by Murray Cohen, Order of the Companions of the Quaich, Niagara, Ontario, Canada and our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member, Quaich1.

Bottled at 58.7% ABV.

Murray Cohen's Tasting Notes:

Nose: There is an immediate sweetness that unfolds, a definite sense of sweet pickled onions. Honey and caramels flaunt their stuff. A hint of citronella arrives late.

Taste:  Spice arises, pepper bathed in citrus with a delectable smokiness that is there and gone and there again.

Finish: The finish is long. Oriental tunes are played with Jasmin tea. A slight astringency is not unwanted and adds to the experience.

Comments: This dram has character and proves the test of time. It is well-balanced but something is holding it back from full-bloom.

Score: 90/100

Murray Cohen's Evening of Scottish Virtuosity Whisky Reviews

Select a whisky tasted by Murray Cohen at an "Evening of Scottish Virtuosity" where Georgie Bell unveiled the new Mortlach range to East Coast Canada in Toronto and Stuart Brown presented a selection of ultra-premium whiskies.


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