Glen Ord 30-year-old

Overall rating
90.48/100
votes
335
Whiskybase ID
WB3030
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2005
Bottled
2005
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
58.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
12 aug 2008 6:02 pm
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 695.15

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335 × member ratings

415 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glen Ord 30-year-old

46 users have left 53 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.48 points.

  1. DrunkDude scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    scbp-5552, a wine with strong fruity, sweet and sour taste, and a preference for high cold. Full of glitches, it is a delicate but tough expression, slightly unworkable.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very typical peat bourbon barrel smell, low-key oil, vanilla, nest honey, sweeter orange juice, mint, a little lavender, a little spicy. 91
    • Taste
      89 89
      The peat is obvious, with a roasted feeling and even some smoke. The taste is with sesame pepper and ginger, grain oil, honey, maltose, dried wheat grains, a little dried pineapple, vitamin C effervescent tablets that have a strong visual sense, and a little tea. The wine is medium-bodied, slightly irritating to the touch, slightly bitter and slightly astringent in the finish, and medium-greasy. b89p90
    • Finish
      88 88
      Dry, citrus peel, slightly astringent, lightly bitter, Western medicine maybe, slightly unworkable. 88

  2. DrunkDude scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Smell: comfortable temperate fruit feeling. Papaya jelly, light smoke, cantaloupe-flavored e-cigarette, pineapple acid, slightly grassy, fresh sea water, waxy texture. If you think about it carefully, the waxy texture flies with the pineapple, who is it like? The faint pear, slightly fleshy, wakes up after a while, with the sweetness of orange juice. The aroma is a tame and comfortable bourbon barrel style. I think it is close to this kind of ceiling level. I personally think it is significantly better than the Brora 1977 RMS 24yo 56.1%.

    Taste: The smoky feeling is not obvious in the mouthfeel. The scratching feeling of barley sugar and grass starts to get better, followed by sugared lemon juice, Spanish olives, passion fruit, pear juice, immature dried bamboo shoots, dark chocolate , The blend of grease. The bitterness of grapefruit peel is outstanding. The wine is strong, medium fat, dry, thick but not completely filled with flavor, slightly white. The overall style is palatable, slightly irritating, slightly tannin, not astringent or bitter. p85-b90

    Aftertaste: shredded ginger, grapefruit peel, slightly astringent, no bitter bottom, slightly mint.

    General comment: scbp-4471, the aroma and flavor are biased towards the fruit camp of papaya and cantaloupe, pleasing and comfortable. The taste is not what I like, the green grass is slightly strong, the wine is full-bodied but has a flavorful white space, it would be better if it gives a half black and half citrus bitter taste while giving more other flavors to balance.

    Smell: 94/100
    Taste: 88/100
    Aftertaste: 87/100
    Overall comment: 90/100

  3. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  4. riekio scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Super waxy as many mentioned, along with tropical notes of coconut and pineapple mixed with sharp herbal notes. More of the same on the palate, but more vanilla and citrus this time. Very well balanced and interesting

  5. DannyDram scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    With depth and tension, very well balanced, convinces at every level.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Honey, malt, wax, grapefruit, iodine, apricot, orange, flint, metal workshop. Well balanced, pronounced intensity.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Honey, orange peel, wax, wood, leather, liquorice. Balanced, nice texture, oily, sweetish, full-bodied, pronounced aroma pressure
    • Finish
      92 92
      Orange, pepper, chilli, some wood. Slightly salty, a touch astringent. Long finish, very pleasant aftertaste.

  6. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. JasonWhiskyWise scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Lemon cordial, minerally, yellow fruits coated in honey, red pears but raw, dried mango peel, bruised banana peel, still alot of fresh fruits and waxy. The palate has candied pineapple with a slight fizziness, dried mango peels show up here with a mellow lemon, like a lemon tart. Malty and cereal on the end with a slight dryness on the end. Very juicy throughout with a great waxy jacket.

    Tasted at The Whisky Exchange Old & Rare Show 2021; Waxy Masterclass. (Dram No.4 of 6)

  8. GIngi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Smoky, full of fat, wort, apple juice, attractive wax texture, reminiscent of food, sharp spines, waxy texture transformed into coconut. Some high-grade wood and lacquer gradually appeared, the aroma was hollow and expressive. Olives, grass, celery stalks, sand and gravel. Sour taste finally appeared. Canned citrus and peaches.

    Drink: The wine is extremely strong and sparkling, with sour, orange juice, malt, citrus, and floral aromas blended together with a touch of smoke.

    Overall: Wax texture and grease texture are the protagonists in the smelling process. At the same time, it has a very rich complexity. If Scotch whisky comes from a small mountain stream, this glass is definitely enough winding. The wine is strong and terrible...

  10. craide scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    For me a very clean, flawless malt that is consistent from front to back and knows how to convince. Almost everything fits together here! Variety, complexity, harmony ... everything at a high level.
    Only the alcohol content is a bit too high for me. I have to dilute it and that's annoying with such an otherwise first-class malt that is only available to me in sample size.
    • Nose
      94 94
      The first contact with the nose is wonderfully soft and gentle, many aromas flow out that can be separated very well gradually, floral-grassy, fresh hay, morning summer meadow, malty with a nice vanilla sweetness, then lots of great fruit notes like red apple , ripe bananas, pears emerge. Together with slightly exotic fruits such as pineapple, mangos, coconut, they make a great fruit salad. Then you can see a somewhat old, earthy, slightly dirty note, dusty fireplace room, furniture polish, some leather and tobacco with roasted aromas with a slightly smoky touch. Herbs keep flashing. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, everything rather waxy. Time is of the essence here, then you get to feel the full content of the malt. The rather high alcohol content does not stand out at all and looks very well integrated.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very oily, creamy soft with great, intense oak flavor. Much hot and slightly astringent without dilution, then great fruit notes flash up again in combination with the grassy hay notes. Vanilla, a little caramelized popcorn, sawdust, light tartaric acid, tobacco, dry old leather, waxy, citrus acid, herbs and malt, sometimes honey-sweet followed by citrus sour. Great interplay!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium-long finish, the palate does not continue quite as intensely, again fruity of lemon, orange, becoming slightly dry, wax and malt alternate

  11. Astrid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    No daily dram, this Ordie wants attention and patience. A few drops of water ensure that the high alcohol content no longer disturbs but rather supports.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Beeswax in combination with orange liqueur is very present, many fruity citrus notes in floral expressions, slightly malty aromas mix with wax and finely spicy oak, vanilla and cinnamon, plus some blossom honey, also ripe mango and apricot, plum jam and lots of figs, yellow apples, sea buckthorn , every now and then hints of caramel as well as coconut and banana, birch wood and aromatic pine resin, coriander and smoked menthol, rum-grape-nut chocolate, very multifaceted and interwoven
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong start with wax and sweetness and spicy oak, again the floral orange liqueur this time with a little grapefruit, slight bitterness à la cocoa and charred caramel, grain, medicinal smoke of iodine and ash, BBQ with resinous honey aromas, the spice palette extends from pepper and ginger Bay leaf and nutmeg to clove and sandalwood, plus vanilla and many grassy components
    • Finish
      88 88
      slightly dry and full-bodied with oak and wax, malty smoke and ash, cocoa powder and caramel, vanilla and pepper, orange jam, hints of sulfur, aromatic honey, a little clove

  12. TsiAI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 23℃
    Eyes: light gold
    Nose: The alcohol smell is a little bit heavy, and it interferes with the smell. Very rich cream and cocoa powder, ebony appears later, faint miso, and the middle and back sections are mainly made of jelly, citrus jam and dried flowers
    Palate: From creamy plum to black currant, the sour taste leads to hand-made coffee and carbon-roasted cocoa beans. Mint paste, flower cake, wood, a little sauce, ripe fruit, roasted almonds and walnut shells at the end.
    Body: Extremely oily and slightly thick moss, no tannins, bitter base, alcoholic stimulation
    Finish: long, marmalade, old books, bitter bottom, burnt pot

    Nose: 90/100
    Palate: 88/100
    Finish: 86/100
    Body: 89/100

    Overall: 89/100

  13. DocF scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Color: amber.

    In retrospect, I wonder if the 25-year-old got more than a little sherry. In comparison, the 30-year-old is less complex, at least in the sense of a much lower influence of wood, as a friend of barrels as quasi-inert storage vessels, of course, that doesn't bother me much. Especially since this style between resin, porridge and extremely fresh looking fruit (and that after 30 years in the barrel and 15 in the bottle) hits the mark for me. Does anyone at Oatmeal + Lime Juice have to think of Daftmill immediately? 93 points & thank you!
    • Nose
      Looks much fresher and zestier than the 25yo in the first nose, fragrant, then resinous, lime peel, porridge, overripe pineapple, cinnamon, cardamom, ripe mango. Tree sap, chestnut blossom, star fruit. With water: quince jelly, sea buckthorn jam.
    • Taste
      With water: freshly cut leaves, lots of porridge, lime juice. Hazelnuts, chestnut blossom, some block malt. Orange peel, ripe apples, woody pears. Fresh oak shavings, polished wood, greased leather. Shoe polish. Sea buckthorn jam, elderflower.
    • Finish
      Long, crab apple, quince jelly, star fruit, still porridge, lemon ice cream. Polished wood, block malt.

  14. Ed Radour scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  15. Squinugie scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. ConvalRen scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A classic 1960's text book style but its from the 70's.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Soft, waxy, and vibrant. Hay, green meadows, bittersweet manuka honey, lemongrass, mint, cilantro, coriander. Grassy and green everywhere. Rose water, freshly cut grass, pine tree scent.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily, grainy and packs a punch. Don't be fooled by its subtle nose. Peppermint oil, orange peel, grated cheese, cinnamon, pepper, sugarcane, reduced brown sugar, fortified port wine.

      Jasmine flowers, japanese uji green tea.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Lemon, peach, apricot, mangoes. Pepper remains, light hints.
      Cardboard box, old attic with books.

  17. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Lemon orange apricot peach exotic fruits, dried fruits, candied fruits marzipan, herbs, I see why Serge Can rate it higher than bouquet, it is indeed delicious

  18. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful. Beautiful balance. Nothing is below.
    At the height of his reputation.
    • Nose
      Yellow fruits, quince, tangerine.
      It's very cool. Mint. Pepper. Camphor. Tiger balm.
      A lot of wax,
      Slight touch of white flowers. Thyme.
    • Taste
      In the mouth more fruits. In addition to the fruits of the nose, apricot and peach.
      In jelly.
      Pepper always present. Like some citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      Long finish on wood, lemon fruit paste and camphor.

  19. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An exciting find! this less known bottle.
    • Nose
      Very dark and dry, a lot of rosemary and onion (how funky!), sweet warm barley, BBQ pineapple.
    • Taste
      Intense and fruity, very perfumy as well, chocolate liquor
    • Finish
      Long and spicy, some fermented beancurd.

  20. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    2/3 through my second bottle. The first time I tried this was when myself and a few buddies finished a whole bottle six years ago, all in one sitting. One of them got so drunk he fell face first onto the coffee table and broke one of my Glencairn glasses. Good times. We have become more civilized since then.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sharp, waxy, citrusy with lots of lemon and orange liqueur. Very herbal. A hint of lemongrass and honey. Fleshy rambutan and korean pear. Tiger balm??? Yes, really. I swear no one is applying it in my household at this time.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Lots of oomph. Waxy, lemony, herbal, and malty. Can taste the barley, literally. Again, a bit of honey. Wonderful sharpness. With water added -- swims like Sun Yang haha. Ok, fine, like Michael Phelps.
    • Finish
      90 90
      No dryness or too much oak. Great length. I can't help but think of a nice Manhattan cocktail, with a twist of orange and a few squirts of angostura bitters.

  21. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    fantastic stuff - is becoming friendly - hamonischer the more time you give him - sweet exotic fruits merge with old Herrenzimmeraromen - smells like a beautiful woman :) but you really have to devote a lot of time and attention

    unfortunately now very expensive
    • Nose
      94 94
      grassy, grainy, very soft smoky notes on the horizon, apple, pineapple, perfectly ripe sweet / sour mango, sweet lemon, banana, cooked pear, increasingly oily - old dry wood, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, remnants of wood preservatives, wax, juicy fresh lumber, birch water
    • Taste
      92 92
      extremely oily, astringent, oak juice, sawdust of green wood, cut flowers, resin, fine fruity acidity, pineapple syrup, fine furniture notes, jasmine flowers, hardwood sanding dust from old seasoned wood, fine tobacco, fumigated smoke, meat fund, laurel, slightly spicy tart harsh (but unbittered) Olive oil,
    • Finish
      91 91
      Mint, citrus and orange oil, jasmine flowers, coated slightly bitter green tea, grapefruit peel, tree juice and wax are very long on the tongue

  22. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very nice nose followed by wonderful flavors. Nicely integrated whisky
    • Nose
      92 92
      Summer floral notes, soft fruits, beeswax, mango, sugar cinnamon
    • Taste
      91 91
      Soft tropical fruits, cinnamon, chocolate, candied fruit
    • Finish
      91 91
      Oily, pepper, candied ginger, oak. Moderate finish

  23. Deloti scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. ricallende scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This one is among my 15 favorites whiskys. There’s not only peat and sherry in life. Got it for 90€ in Madrid at El Corte Ingles in 2011
    • Nose
      Really amazing nose, very fruity and herbal. I expected some wood (It's 30 YO) but there´s no dominance of oakiness or wood. It's really well balanced.
    • Taste
      Oh god! Quite hot but again, very well balanced with dried fruits and ginger. This boy has not been tamed after 30 years in the cask!
    • Finish
      Spicy and dry, it's an everlasting finish, Elegant and complex. 

  25. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  26. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2015]  Oh, what a nose...  Extremely aromatic on tons of different fruits (among them quite unusual ones like quinces, pineapple and coconut) complemented by summer flowers and manuka honey.  All very balanced and sublime!  I could sniff this for hours...  Bold arrival in the mouth, very sweet and absolutely clean.  Great stuff!  Very fruity again, this time more on exotic and dried fruits.  The wood provides a very sound structure to all these different flavours, in a later wave some spices pop up additionally.  This is what I call a "Wow"!

    The finish seems endless with all these nice aromas repeat itself again, simply delicious.  Who needs peat and sherry if you have such a sublime dram at your hands.  I am totally excited about this...  and I bought the bottle for 149 Euro in August 2009.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  27. ptitdadou scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Leaves (plums, pears), a little dusty. Pine honey, and floral afterwards
    Palate: Smooth attack then we pass on the ripe fruits (plums). The spices come in force with pepper and ginger, to come back on fruits and old wood.
    Finish: Long on pepper and old wood Comments: A whisky with a lot of charms, and complexity. Without major defects.

  28. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A powerful, great whisky, but some bitter thing in the deep is not belong here. I think it's not the overmature or the tannins. And it also fluctuates a little. But anyway it is really brutal.
    • Nose
      Complex. Honey, citruses, menthol, banana and melon, spice, oak, wax, minerals, flowers and coconut
    • Taste
      Very smooth in spite of 58.7%. Creamy. An excellent combo of vanilla, citruses, caramel, pepper, smoke and wood.
    • Finish
      Long. bittersweet, spicy, citrus and a large oak

  29. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  30. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  31. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    With water the nose gets fruitier but the alcohol strength still makes the nose tingle.

    The palate gets really creamy on salted caramel and honeycomb and the finish is still long on a salty sweetness now.

    Good stuff if a little dry on the palate.
    • Nose
      Very good on honey , a little menthol, orange, lemon,
    • Taste
      My very first impression was smooth but then it has a real kick at the back of your throat.

      It is creamy on caramel, lemon puff biscuits, shortbread and porridge with a little sugar on
    • Finish
      Quite long and smooth with faint hints of bitterness but a malty sweetness fights its until the end and wins.

  32. Lucas Falchero scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Fresh and explosive. A very good whisky.
    • Nose
      A very sweet and fresh nose. Nevertheless, it title 58.7% vol. Alcohol is perfectly integrated. Not very complex, the nose gives to smell cereal (wheat and corn), green grass and chives, flower like poppy or daffodil, some melon and plum. A zest of nutmeg. The whole shines with its freshness. It's amazing.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, it's powerful, explosive. In two times. We are on dry cereal, honey. A nappanty texture. Very homogeneous, no weakness.
    • Finish
      Very long. On cereals, again. Very warm.

  33. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nose cereals, honey, a clean plum, strawberry, paraffin, a sweet side and a certain freshness (ozone or menthol). The alcohol is very well integrated and the set delivers an impression of sweetness. The attack is powerful with a nice texture a little thick and well covering. The mouth is on a basket combo of yellow fruits and dusty (pleasant) feeling. The finish is long on honey with a return of cereals and a wave of black pepper gradually fading. A very good whisky with a sweet aromatic but which nevertheless proves punchy just right in the mouth.

  34. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  35. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    A surprisingly good whisky. I really like this, in particular the leathery notes on the palate - that was good value for the money.
    • Nose
      Intensive fruity, malty, honey, ripe bananas, apples, apricots, sweet melons - how rich and complex
    • Taste
      Punchy, but still very oily and liquorice, woody and little vanilla, little leathery, more on citrus fruits, lemony
    • Finish
      Long and burning, the wood notes and some fruitiness come out more in the end

  36. BXpress scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    personally speaking, i don't see how other people can rave about this Whisky. 86 points with a lot of good will, but i will keep trying.
    • Nose
      really big notes of candle wax, and something that reminds of freshly painted walls. mirabelle marmalade, hay and a strong note of barley. almost like walking through barley fields in the summer. even a little pungent if you ask me. hints of salt, but above all there is a smell of sugary sweetness.
    • Taste
      tastes hot (more often than not). creme brulee, quinces, mirabelles. a good dose of vanilla somewhere in the middle. dusty, honeyed. citrusy. as the nose promised, the sugary sweetness is here aswell. at times this really tastes like it's some run of the mill 12 year old bourbon matured Whisky. like there is no refinement to it. it is not as bad as it sounds, it is a good Whisky but there really is no big wow moment here. water makes everything worse. it becomes completely flat/dusty.
    • Finish
      quite long, oily and citrusy, with a citrus/honey after taste.

  37. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Very citrusy, oily and powerful - reminds me on old style Clynelish 12yo Edward & Edward

  38. molar3rd scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: waxy , deep and very spicy nose. Very interesting profile. Oak and sandalwood, with a hint of fruit and also some minerality. Takes time to explore it’s not an easy and inviting nose but it’s worth your while to work it.

    Palate: pepper galore with a semi salty semi malty continuation. Nutty and and some herbal bitterness. Again it’s quite complex but not very inviting. Big on oak too and some ginger powder too.

    Finish: Bitter oak. Salt. Malt and ginger with lingering pepper.

    In short:

    Interesting and quite complex and as such requires time and patience. Not for beginners. Not cheap too, I quite liked it, but It is not your daily dram, something else, when you’re in the mood, I think. 200 quid doesn’t make it more appealing…

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2014/01/08/tasting-glen-ord-30-yo-ob/

     

  39. tebond968 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Glen Ord 30y, 58.7%, OB 2005
    The nose started to be granular. Breakfast cereal, with yogurt. Only after some time floral and fruity notes. Lychee, apricot, pineapple, pear. Very nice, clean and aromatic, but only after a while. Butter. The alcohol dominates the taste, together with a sweet granularity. Dominiek noticed plis. Earl Gray. A lot of pepper in the end (the alcohol). Some fruit, but that really comes true with a little water. I have written mandarin, just like grapefruit and herbs (herbal). Hay. Some sweet, some fruity, some bitter ... subtle and elegant, sure, but not easy to fathom. Best long finish on fruit and herbs. Adding water turned out to have added value for the taste, but the nose was better for me without it. Only add water after smelling ... Complex whisky, in every sense of the word. But better than the Manager's Dram? I do not think so. 90/100 http://onversneden.com/2011/05/21/intermezzo-fulldram-supertasting/

  40. Falnor scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Bought this in 2010 as my first premium 30 year old. It got me into the hunt for old whisky such as caper 72 and tomatin 76. I know that Glen Ord isn't that sexy, but give it a real chance.
    • Nose
      Waxy old school whisky, honeyed floral notes, jammy fruit and hay. Could even be mistaken as an old, sweet Clynelish. (without the minerals) Full, aged and still fierce. Lemon skin, pear, nectarine, some fresh coconut. Cold icetea.
    • Taste
      Big full bodied because of the abv. After the first attack still a nice elegant old complex whisky. So first of peper then grapefruit, apricots. oil, banana makes it thick. After a while a extra layer of lapsang souchong tea. Hardly any smoke unless you're looking for it.
    • Finish
      Beautiful oak. It's juicy, not to dry a brings the herbal notes. Some ginger, little nutmeg and orange peel. Very long finish and so hard not to pour yet another dram of this.

  41. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Compared to the 28-year-old, this one is less waxy. I don't find those Lowlander-like notes such as malt and fig in that one.
    • Nose
      Honey, caramel, mint, tangerine, orange wine gum, beeswax, marzipan, vanilla, peach, malt and fig.
    • Taste
      Citrus, orange, beeswax, caramel, pepper, smoke and fig.
    • Finish
      Orange, wax and honey.

  42. whioli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  43. ricallende scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Powerful and fruital
    Taste: hot and spicy ABV is perfectly mastered
    Finish: Really long and smooth,loads of spice
    Comment: A superb Whisky,if you have a chance,get it.
    Because There’s not only peat and sherry in life.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  44. numen scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    gift sample from a friend
    • Nose
      Oh man, this is the sort of thing that I go for. It starts very waxy
      with a bit of clean, light honey. Lemon zest, quince, mirabelle jam.
      Some wood and vanilla. A few high-pitch floral notes and nuts, reminding
      me somewhat of a Folle Blanche cognac in its youth. This is elegance in
      a bottle. Very light chocolate malt, clotted cream, coconut shavings.
      Nectarines, apricot, and tangerines for the fruit - more distinct with
      air. Incredible. (with water) Water brings out more of the wax and wood,
      as well as the honey and dried fruit quality. Maybe even a hint of
      grass and sawdust. Still a total champ.
    • Taste
      Holy shmokes. Holy smokes. BANG! Big. Waxy, smoky, and a little malty
      sweet. Lemon zest (from the best lemons of Sorrento, no less),dried
      fruits - same as from the nose. Honey sweet star fruit, and some oak.
      It's really perfect and awesomely punchy. The wood keeps everything in
      line. Mirabelle jam from France (as is proper.) Have I ever mentioned
      that I love mirabelles? (With water) Highlights the wood, wax, zest,
      honey, and vanilla. Some of the fruit becomes less distinct, but it
      keeps the core elements going.
    • Finish
      Endless and the same. Doesn't lose anything. This is just glorious.
      Punchy as hell, and gracefully elegant. I love Clynelish, and this
      reminds me of my favorite (waxy, non-smoky) Clynelishes, only better. It
      may be a bit big and punchy for some, but if its your sort of thing,
      then it's really, really great.

  45. Toffie76 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      powerful, grass and hay. Vanilla. Mineral. Traces of smoke. Nothing farmer (stable). Many yeasts, a bit like clothes impregnated with beer (memories of guindaille). Yellow fruits stewed.
    • Taste
      Beautiful length. A flexible and cereal development. So greedy. A nice spicy touch in the middle of the mouth (white pepper, chilli). French toast with vanilla. Very sweet, hot. And tons of malt. At the limit of Porridge. Apricots.
    • Finish
      Stable and long. Magnificent! A luxury biscuit.

  46. Bishlouk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Back, then, on this Glen Ord after several months and in other circumstances (another sample, too). My impression is very different from the first time, which proves that one time is not the other when you taste a whisky!

    This time I find it complex, layered, flabbergasted. A dram to enjoy slowly, without hurry.

    Corrected rating from 87 to 89.
    • Nose
      Apple and apricot compote, brewer's yeast. Aniseed pear, orchard flowers.
      A nose that evolves positively.
    • Taste
      Alcohol well integrated.
      Compote of vanilla apple. Candied lemon peel. Butter Biscuit.
    • Finish
      Final super long.
      Pepper that rises and gradually covers the fruits. Hints of fruit (apricot) and pepper succeed and alternate. Slight discrete bitterness.

  47. Bishlouk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Not much to say except that it is a very good whisky profile cooked fruit / woody. Fine but not especially complex.
    • Nose
      A pan of fruits that cook for a preparation of jam (pear, peach and other yellow fruits in majority). Some spicy notes. Varnished wood appears next.
    • Taste
      The fruits of the nose are here coated with old wood. Some peppery tingling titillates the palate.
    • Finish
      Short enough in the throat, but long in the palace. Warm wood permeates the mouth.

  48. Jeep51 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant whisky, quite vegetal. Alcohol a little too present on the nose. Very bitter on the palate, but it's nice.
    • Nose
      Very vegetal, grassy. Slightly resinous. White fruits too (especially peach), honey. It's powerful and the alcohol is rather present.
    • Taste
      Mainly bitterness, austerity. Apricot kernel. A pleasant freshness too, honey, a little fruit and not bad spices too (nutmeg). Rather mineral.
    • Finish
      Long. On this bitterness and a little pepper too.

  49. ALouis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color: Gold

    Nose :
    What a freshness, very floral.

    The attack is on the
    malt and dried herbs.

    The nose evolves on the
    honey and yellow fruits, plums and mirabelle.

    An elegant nose,
    all finesse, with some notes of wax and spice in the background.

    Mouth :
    In the mouth the fruits are more acidic on the lemon and the
    grapefruit in particular.

    Honey and wax
    are present as well as some iodized notes, very coastal.

    Alcohol is when
    even present, after adding water the mouth is more balanced.

    Too bad that a slight
    astringency (due to alcohol) is present in the mouth even after
    the addition of water.

    Long final on
    iodine and herbs.

    As reported
    Serge: No peat, no sherry but that's good

  50. Hvem? scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    From the bottle:

    "A rounded, complex whisky"

    Fruity and sweet with fine balance, this rare old amber whisky from the Black Isle is smooth, subtle complex and self-assured.

    Fragrant hints of spice and smoke introduce rich, fruity aromas. Medium-soft in body, it is sweetly rich-textured, later drying on the palate. Flavours of sweet honey, citrus and spicy ginger develop to yield a light nuttiness on the lemony finish.

  51. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "A brilliant malt from a top Highland distillery. Aged Glen Ord is big

    and characterful, and this is a terrific price for such a distinguished

    dram."
    TWE

  52. Feusi scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It start complex with a lot of character in the nose, well balanced with a smelling of a warm wind over a barley field. It stands on the label, 30yo, but a miss for that age the wooden notes, they are only far away in the background. The finish is middle to long with a spicy and fruity sweetness.
     

  53. Dede scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    An excellent whisky, very good quality, fine, subtle and delicate despite high titration. Very beautiful work, warmly recommended. I add that the bottle has been open for several months and no degradation has been noted.
    • Nose
      Delicious. A delicate blend of sweet fruity scents (apricot, white nectarine) and tart (mandarin) mixed with spring flowers of honey and wax. The aeration reveals subtle marine notes (salt), a hint of caramel, a pinch of white pepper and nutmeg, as well as a delicate smell of freshly cut grass. The water brings out the wax and the tart fruit.
    • Taste
      The attack is frank, tart and slightly herbaceous before a spicy explosion in the mouth. White pepper, nutmeg, ginger warm the palate before the sweetness of the fruits come to appease it. It reveals the tangy bitterness of grapefruit, the liveliness of apricot, the exotic scent of mandarin, enhanced by a delicate pinch of salt and as if embedded in wax. It is drunk very well in small sips despite its almost 59%. With water, the bitterness of the wood is more present, but does not denature this superb whisky. We also perceive a fresh note (camphor?).
    • Finish
      Long, salty and vegetal, with the return of cut grass, before the grapefruit is required.

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