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Ord 16-year-old

Overall rating
91.48/100
votes
149
Whiskybase ID
WB12618
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Manager's Dram
Bottled
20.06.1991
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Refill Cask
Strength
66.2 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
26 dec 2009 11:01 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1124.96

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Whisky Reviews for Ord 16-year-old

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.48 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2018]  The Manager's Dram series covered one distillery per year and it was available to Diageo employees only.  They were not allowed to sell it until they left the company or retired but nevertheless a lot of bottles found their way to the whisky connoisseurs.  I bought this sample at the Limburg whisky fair.

    The colour is old gold and the texture shows a sticky ring at the top of the glass that refuses to build tears and very slowly moves downward as a ring (what a great oiliness!).  The nose offers all that Glen Ord is famous for in its best drams:  tons of different fruits (among them quinces, pears and apricots), honeys, chocolate, nuts (peanuts), spices (mints, ginger) and many more.  All in a nicely balanced mix without any off-note.  A great nose, indeed!  The mouthfeel is as impressive as the texture promised:  It immediately coats all of the mouth with a warm feeling and minor (but not distracting) bitter-astringent moments.  The taste is rich and very chewable with basically the same flavours as were in the nose.  The finish is long and adds more spices and wooden notes that finalise in a minor bitter-drying end (that is absolutely okay to enjoy).  Water unlocks even more aromas and flavours and it turns the taste sweeter with more honeys and sugars dominating - that is why I like the neat dram better (it is more balanced, but the reduced version is more quaffable, of course).

    This is one of the best Manager's Dram I had so far and it was pretty cheap when it was released (to the employees only) - hence my price score.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with a few drops of water.
    If you try this H2H like I am with anything else, for Gods sake taste this one last, it has monster power in it, make no mistake.
    • Nose
      88 88
      This is quite tame compared to some of the other MD bottles I have just tasted.
      What you immediately notice is big cereal note, almost like an aged grain whisky.
      Pear & apple are the dominant fruits but then some green plumb emerges, the overall effect is a light whisky but this is 66.2% maybe my nose is numb?
      With time in the glass more apple emerges.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Full on peat and pepper and my tongue is almost hanging off, that is some power and the nose never even gave the merest hint of it.
      Peat , white pepper, cream, cake and biscuit probably sums this one up.
      The fruit is held back by the brutal peat, which puts it all out of balance.
      Not sure if its the high abv or the amount of peat but it swamps everything else and there really is little balance on show here.
      This is brutal Stuff, but its an experience that is worth trying, and I liked it
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is shorter than I was expecting, a little more apple manages to break through the spice and peat

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    at least in 1975 or before the barrel - the parallels to the SR of 2003-2005 are clearly visible - but he is much cleaner and even if the SR already have very high alcohol content, he puts down again with 66.2% properly.

    I had only 1cl - it can be felt to make almost 2 dram - the fruitiness reaches for me the level of undisclosed 19 (73/75) he Speysider but this dram offers much more - especially the delicate old smoke makes it very delicate - reminiscent also to old Talisker - dream fabric
    • Nose
      96 96
      sweet grassy and intensely waxy, very cultivated and already well taken 70s typical Glen Ord Peat which blends in beautifully with dusty woody flavors, crystalline lemon and yellow fruits.
      Green tea, jasmine, orange blossom, sweet malt, a little licorice, chalk, leather, shoe polish and the noble gentle misty sulfuriness that I like so much on Craigellachie 23

      A basket of yellow fruits gently warms, lively, enticing, pulsating, intense and very complex - always lighter peat.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Drinks well without water in small droplets - drops on the tongue - yellow fruit explosion without junk notes, to crystalline lemon, flowers, sweet old oak dust with cinnamon, clove and licorice and very mild old smoke - barely perceptible, perfectly integrated, later anise , Eucalyptus, ginger, geranium leaves, jasmine
    • Finish
      92 92
      here too it remains fruity, almost no bitterness, ginger, pepper, slightly dry - very long

  4. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I was a little scared with the degree of alcohol, and finally everything went well.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Alcohol is not discreet, but it is one of the charms of this nose.
      Pear, quince, apricot, it's quite intense in fruit.
      Corn flakes, light bread, marzipan block.
      Slightly chemical fruit paste, cotton candy, orange blossom.
    • Taste
      90 90
      In the mouth, we start with a large dose of pepper, followed by orange fruit paste.
      Apricot, quince, pear, papaya.
      Dry wood, light varnish.
      We have a nice dose of salt.
      Cinnamon and butter cookie.

      It's definitely powerful, but not completely unbalanced either. We still have a slight touch of solvent.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is very long, on orange fruit paste, salt, orange blossom, honey.
      Minty freshness.

  5. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    1422) Ord, 16YO, The Manager's Dram, Bottled 1991

    Day 29 of Lockdown - 15th April - With many in the country, and millions in the world will struggled with their bills coming May, I have decided not to worry too much now.

    N- A novelty limited annual bottling composed 20 years ago by United Distillers. First impression, the nuance brought me to an old Chinese temple that have been infused by years with aromatic sandalwood smokes and burning wax candle. The layer of wax coated wooden furniture and darkly smokes stained pillars and walls, nostalgia. Get sucks in and took quite a while to evolved to warm vanilla mango souffle, with wild honey and orange comes as the sides. Old school malt that thickened up and get buttery as water added gradually, as well waxy coffee and broads milk like earthy notes. Monster strength to term with. (94/23)

    P- Stiff landing instead of melting. Frizzy honey with peeled pomelo skin's bitter sweet grassy nuance. Mango and orange are not far behind with drift of herbs, tobacco and alluring cut vintage woods. Water encourage the juicy fruitiness but also reduce the nostalgia woody feels. (91/22)

    F- Medium long, not as hot as on nose and palate, but also not as well dimensional. Take its own time to build up and lingers but gone too soon. (87/21)

    B/B- 91/22 Inevitable tight, ample of breathing time helps and water a friend to this dram.

    Weighted Rate - 88pt -> 89pt, +1 for rare find malt from the 70s
    • Nose
      N- A novelty limited annual bottling composed 20 years ago by United Distillers. First impression, the nuance brought me to an old Chinese temple that have been infused by years with aromatic sandalwood smokes and burning wax candle. The layer of wax coated wooden furniture and darkly smokes stained pillars and walls, nostalgia. Get sucks in and took quite a while to evolved to warm vanilla mango souffle, with wild honey and orange comes as the sides. Old school malt that thickened up and get buttery as water added gradually, as well waxy coffee and broads milk like earthy notes. Monster strength to term with. (94/23)
    • Taste
      P- Stiff landing instead of melting. Frizzy honey with peeled pomelo skin's bitter sweet grassy nuance. Mango and orange are not far behind with drift of herbs, tobacco and alluring cut vintage woods. Water encourage the juicy fruitiness but also reduce the nostalgia woody feels. (91/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, not as hot as on nose and palate, but also not as well dimensional. Take its own time to build up and lingers but gone too soon. (87/21)

      B/B- 91/22 Inevitable tight, ample of breathing time helps and water a friend to this dram.

      Weighted Rate - 88pt -> 89pt, +1 for rare find malt from the 70s

  6. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Reminds me of 70's Balvenie with a touch more chocolate~ Great one!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Pineapple, menthol, little smoke, dark chocolate, saltiness, beeswax.

      After a sip, more dark chocolate
    • Taste
      92 92
      Alot of fruits, strong beeswax, vanilla, pineapple, quite some salt, herbs... some dirt (peat)?
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium long, mints, saltiness, lemon peel~ that great cooling effect at the end!

  7. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    He is just top balanced and has beautiful, interlocking notes that range from spicy, too sweet, to slightly waxy-mineral. Has surprising power, after the nose was very elegant and almost restrained.
    • Nose
      Quince, pear, green apple, banana, lemon grass, mineral and light flower meadow, white chocolate, light honey, fine, oiled leather, waxy, fennel, vanilla, very delicate everything, but can also be the age of the open bottle, light raisins
    • Taste
      Strong onion, even with water, much candied pear, flower meadow, lemon ice cream, unripe banana, mango, vanilla, light herbal honey, lavender, rosemary, cumin, turmeric, ginger, anise, eucalyptus, green apple, banana, quince, grapefruit skin, lemon grass, Butter biscuits, raisins, marshmallows, cinnamon, hints of white pepper, fantastically balanced
    • Finish
      Beautiful ginger as freshly grated, cinnamon, white pepper, light malt, herbal honey, pear with shell, long, warm

  8. SimonOHA scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Excellent although quite powerful. Nice complexity for its age. Great time.
    • Nose
      Creamy nose behind the alcohol. Old waxy dust. Dry wood and light vanilla. Delicate stone fruits with major peach. Hint of blood orange. Herbaceous on dry grass on a summer evening. Nutshell. Cinnamon/clove mix. The alcohol really calms down with aeration.
    • Taste
      Powerful but controlled palate. Medicinal peat type old bandage/hospital waiting room. Citrus cream with peppery gingerbread. Oak type wood, but a little dry. Very dense peach juice (without being syrup) infused with ferns. Sometimes lemony.
    • Finish
      Long, slightly earthy finish. Astringent dark chocolate. Fruity reminiscences.

  9. JCTang scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Glen Ord 16YO The Manager's Dram, 66.2%. Color: golden; Smell: bright, medicinal, herbal, with a touch of citrus and pear, various spices (ginger, cinnamon), 91 points; tasting: immensensely concentrated, not too spicy considering its alcohol content, But still full of impact. There's very clear ginger and pepper, but it doesn't mask the taste of honey, pear juice, vanilla, etc. After adding water, the spiciness is significantly reduced, allowing the fruity and honey flavors to penetrate. 90 points; aftertaste: long, a hint of woody, ginger, slightly sweet from honey. After adding water, the feeling of spice is more durable and interesting. 90 points; 20220625

  10. K C Wong scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Well this reminds me of some countryside wooden Chinese convenience shop, where they sell fresh fruits, Chinese medication oils, and that ol'shop smell.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sharp bubble gum, dark chocolate powder, sweet malt, wood oven baked pineapple tart, tee tree oil, hints of smoke, milk malt biscuit, camphor, earthy notes. copper pipes.

      [Water] Fruity, more pineapple, fruit bubblegum, milk chocolate, beeswax.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Great amount of fruitiness, some saltiness, eucalyptus, milk chocolate, Eucalyptus oil and menthol cooling.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium, winter melon, fresh mints and earthy notes.

  12. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Bottled 30 years ago now, with plenty of high ratings. Unfortunately, neat, it is too spicy and bitter for me, and lacks balance - too little fruitiness. A hefty helping of water helps with this, bringing out more green fruits and creaminess. It reduces some of the other notes, but I find it more balanced at the lower abv. With too much water, a note of sweet candyfloss appears.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Bitter, nippy (but who would expect otherwise, at 66.2% abv), oak, spice, some cream and fruit hiding in the background. Malty, somewhat citric and leafy. Old cheese. Poor balance; the spice, cereal, bitterness, and kind of earthy peat, hide the fruit and other sweet notes.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Not as hot as the nose led me to expect. Better balance here - the cream and fruit are allowed to be seen.
    • Finish
      89 89
      A dry, cereal maltiness. Some bitter moments, but not terribly distracting. Spices linger on the palate; creaminess and fruitiness develop some strength, letting you know that they're there behind the power of the spice, oak, and earthy peat.

  13. whiskytornado scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  14. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Revisit after 8 months. Still a great malt. Maintain at 92pts.

  15. DoctorRockter scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    great whisky, even if really strange:
    strong nose, very vegetable, herbal honey, boiled vegetables, onion, reminiscent of a much more tart and intense linkwood, the palate is always oriented towards a strong vegetable flavor, rosemary, onion, thyme, herbal honey, eucalyptus, wax, grapefruit skin, lemon grass but also a pepper taste and ginger .. the water increases this citric and sour side. on the whole a "strange" whisky, with a very particular profile, but really a huge bottle

  16. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  17. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Managers Dram OB bottled 1989-1995 15-19 years 60%-66.2% H2H

    The clear winner here was the Aberfeldy 1991, sorting out 2nd place was very difficult but on the second tasting I gave the nod to the Glendullan with the Glen Elgin a close 3rd.
    What is clear here is that there is an emphasis on peat & pepper in most of these bottlings.
    My palate is smashed , the high abv made for an interesting H2H,

    Tasting Order
    1 – Aberfeldy
    2 – Cardhu
    3 – Craganmore
    4 – Glendullan
    5 – Glen Elgin
    6 – Glen Ord (Ord)
    7- Oban 16 year 200th Anniversary
    8 – Oban 19 year

    Result
    1 – Aberfeldy bottled 1991 19 year 61.3% WB ID 25 - 93p
    2 – Glendullan bottled 1989 18 year 64% WB ID 170 -91p
    3 – Glen Elgin bottled 1993 16 year 60% WB ID 454 -90p
    4 – Oban bottled 1994 16 year 64%, 200th Anniversary WB ID 9869 -90p
    5 – Glen Ord bottled 1991 16 year 66.2% WB ID 12618 -89p
    6 – Oban bottled 1995 19 year 59.8% WB ID 453 -88p
    7 – Cardhu bottled 1989 15 year 63% WB ID 17868 -85p
    8 – Cragganmore bottled 1992 17 year 62% WB ID 20097 -84p

    All whisky was tasted with 3-4 small drops of water form a pipette

  18. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Managers Dram OB bottled 1989-1995 15-19 years 60%-66.2% H2H

    The clear winner here was the Aberfeldy 1991, sorting out 2nd place was very difficult but on the second tasting I gave the nod to the Glendullan with the Glen Elgin a close 3rd.
    What is clear here is that there is an emphasis on peat & pepper in most of these bottlings.
    My palate is smashed , the high abv made for an interesting H2H,

    Tasting Order
    1 – Aberfeldy
    2 – Cardhu
    3 – Craganmore
    4 – Glendullan
    5 – Glen Elgin
    6 – Glen Ord (Ord)
    7- Oban 16 year 200th Anniversary
    8 – Oban 19 year

    Result
    1 – Aberfeldy bottled 1991 19 year 61.3% WB ID 25
    2 – Glendullan bottled 1989 18 year 64% WB ID 170
    3 – Glen Elgin bottled 1993 16 year 60% WB ID 454
    4 – Oban bottled 1994 16 year 64%, 200th Anniversary WB ID 9869
    5 – Glen Ord bottled 1991 16 year 66.2% WB ID 12618
    6 – Oban bottled 1995 19 year 59.8% WB ID 453
    7 – Cardhu bottled 1989 15 year 63% WB ID 17868
    8 – Cragganore bottled 1992 17 year 62% WB ID 20097

    All whisky was tasted with 3-4 small drops of water form a pipette

  19. ConvalRen scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Thick oily chunk of floral and malty sweetness.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Bottled in 1991, opened in 2020, which translate to a bottle aging of almost 30 years. Decided to do it without any water.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Vibrant and fresh citrus cut through your nose, a big and warm pineapple tart, with some sort of butter cookies notes. Smells oily, dense and heavy, with some light camphor and earthy undertone. After few minutes, overripe citrus fruits, lemons.

      Some light smokiness started to develope, alongside with some coastal notes. Nice touch of saltiness, licorice, cough syrup, and fresh honey. At the same time, some lovely wood fragrance starts to appear. Hints of cut grass, and oranges. I'm particularly sucker of this style!

      After a sip, it has more camphor, and chocolate-y. Nice honeyed apricots. Again there is a nice wood scent, and lovely incense notes.

      A very complex, and evolving nose. Take your time, and you will be rewarded greatly.
    • Taste
      92 92
      First tiny sip - fruits and fruits, more on overripe fruits with that wonderful sweetness with a salty tang, as if you just finish the entire fruit can. Nice dense and heavy palate, which cover your mouth completely. Some milk, and some chocolate, and some licorice. More pineapple and oranges. By the way, extremely drinkable at such a high strength.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Pleasant but not very long. Citrusy, lemon, oranges. Cough sweets, and nice woodiness, and it compliment the palate very well, and it gives a very complete and balance drinking experience.

  21. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A lot of flowers and sweet barley on the nose, an intense palate with tropical fruits. Very good.

  23. Old Ardbeg scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Great stuff. 92 pts
    • Nose
      Closed at first. Clay and polish. Then water opens it up. Becomes more fruity and old school.  Some leather and malt. Very nice. 
    • Taste
      Beautifully balanced. Sweet but also a bit salty. Very fruity  with some cinnamon like spices that add a wonderful complexity. 
    • Finish
      Long. Gets a bit more resinous. 

  24. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Fragrance: a little dry grass, alcohol (biting in the nose), fragrance of flowers, Over time the blue grass, the smell of the flowers becomes stronger The impression like the cemedine feels in the back Taste: First it feels that sweet grass, wheat, acidity with sweetness (apple with little moisture?) Remains firmly. This acidity coats the tongue. Because alcohol degree is high, I also have a firm return. The corner stands with a pretty young whisky as an impression. When added water scents: It turns into a scent reminiscent of acidity. I also feel a smell of burnt a little. Taste: Very comfortable, sweetness improves, acidity slightly diminishes. It is better to add the balance, the wheat stands out, it is creamy. Compared to the bouquet of the older you drank I feel that the bouquet is more delicate and diversified in change, I felt violence and momentum at Manetda. http://www.whiskylink.com/?p=1262

  26. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Recently reviewed by Ruben of WhiskyNotes:

    Nose: starts fairly neutral, vaguely fruity, on sweet malt and pears. My first thoughts were ‘I really like this, but I can’t really tell why’. It opened up nicely, with polished leather, subtle pineapple cubes and Toblerone Fruit & Nut. A little heather honey and eucalyptus. Bergamot oil. Membrillo. Becomes much fruitier over time. Lots of subtleties eventually. Mouth: very drinkable at cask strength, with a burst of fruitiness (melon, oranges, apricots) and leather. Chocolate notes. A noticeable saltiness as well. Some herbal notes before turning back to fruits and toffee sweetness. Finish: maybe not the longest ever, but very nice.

    A great surprise (well, not really). A benchmark bottling for Glen Ord, simple as that. The Whisky Exchange has it available for around € 500.

    Score: 93/100

  27. Rossi99 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    strong but not too sharp! I caught a musk hint inside the fruity ride! 

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