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The Singleton of Glen Ord 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.72/100
votes
147
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2019
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
American Oak Hogsheads
Number of bottles
31656
Strength
55.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281059235
Added on
18 Aug 2019 3:11 pm by Dirk
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 144.46

45 × in wishlist

147 × member ratings

224 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Singleton of Glen Ord 18-year-old

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.72 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] Just two rather low rates so far without any word written - Glen Ord is known for fine fruity malts, so did Diageo select bad casks for its special release or were they just not to the liking of these two members (which is okay because there is no accounting for taste)? I have to check this by myself, certainly...

    ...and I like it much better, actually very much better. This is a dram that somehow combines the best from both old-style and modern-style profiles, maybe a transitional dram? I enjoy to explore it and I enjoy to quaff it both neat and reduced at several levels (a characteristic of a great dram, no doubt). And the mouthfeel is simply adorable (and hard to find in modern whiskies, unfortunately)...

    [April, 2020] I re-tasted this dram tonight and confirm my old rating - maybe I am a little less enthusiastic but I find this a very tasty and interesting dram again. Tonight I go for 89 points on all dimensions but to be honest - this makes no difference. Still I like to quaff this dram very much...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a modern malt profile that is pretty fine. The fruity-honeyed aromas are in good balance with the spices and tannins of the wood without any off-note. After some breathing fine waxy, floral and oily notes join in - hey, now this nose gets very interesting! Let it breathe for at least ten minutes and take a sniff every minute or so because the nosing profile changes quite a lot over this time. It starts with a modern fruity-honeyed-wooden style and ends up with old-style waxy-oily-earthy aromas - and I like both. Later the wooden notes grow stronger again but never dominate.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is nicely layered and starts surprisingly with delicious spices before the sweeter fruits and honeys join in (usually it is the other way around). Next are waxes and barley sugars followed by earthy and liquorice impressions. All delicious, without any flaw and in a fine balance. Water releases delicious toffee-buttery aromas in the nose and turns the taste fruitier hence even more quaffable. I like to explore this dram neat, drink some neat sips and then I reduce it to about 46% abv.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming and without distracting moments on the palate and instantly covers the whole of the mouth with a creamy texture. Wow, what a great mouthfeel! The finish is long and strengthens the spicy and toffee side of the dram. There is a minor cardboardy moment towards the end but this is not really distracting (nonetheless unwanted and it prevents this dimension from crossing the 90 points barrier too).

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    the successful fruity copy of an underestimated distille - unfortunately there are very few original bottlings in cask thickness
    • Nose
      88 88
      nice intense harmonious aromas of yellow plum, peach, fruit cake, sweet malt, honey bread
    • Taste
      88 88
      a basket of citrus fruits such as kumquat, bitter orange, grapefruit, pomelo, a bag full of spices and a beautiful oak barrel behind
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium-long and tropical fruit, at the end there is a dry bitterness from the oak barrel

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Waxy

    Only 20% of Glen Ord gets bottled as single malt. The rest goes into famous blends with Johnnie Walker and Dewar’s in the lead. Last year we were offered a 14 years old Singleton of Glen Ord in the Special Releases – with the resounded header ‘Five Cask Process’ on the label – but this year we are treated to an 18 years old. Obviously it comes in the iconic Singleton bottle, making it something of an odd one out in this line-up – at least from a visual point of view.

    Zesty nose on orange peel and dried apples. It needs a bit of time, but is well worth the wait. Some nougat and a hint of cocoa. In the far back I even get some cola! A hint of oak kicks in. It turns a bit waxy. Lovely fruity dram, without bothering with complexity.

    On the palate, it develops a waxy and zesty bitterness. Grapefruit with a peppery edge, apricots and candy floss. Quinine galore. Toffee? Floral honey. Some liquorice. Nicely balanced, by the way.

    The finish is medium long, a touch drying with some pepper.

    In all honesty, for this release my expectations were suitably low. That was my mistake. This is a lovely Ord at great strength. I am a fan!

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An all things vanilla explosion in the very first fill nose and a fantastic fruit bonanza on the very very lovely refill palate and finish with a slight smoky old school tail. To me a whisky to drink and not to nose...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. jasoncaly scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    My favorite whisky so far this year, but it’s only April. Definitely stocking up on this. Don’t believe it’s getting it’s fair shake because it’s a diagio release and a distillery known for large production for particular markets. The bottom line is this is a Fantastic whisky.

  6. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A great malt! Certainly not the most complex, but with a stunning mouthfeel!

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2020/02/09/the-singleton-of-glen-ord-18-yo-55-vol-diageo-special-releases-ob-2019/

  7. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    very special Glen Ord - nice review hs305

  9. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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