...that the whisky world does not need. Another release of a completely exhausted cask that contributed nothing to the maturation of the spirit - hence the dram tastes very immature and underaged. Hey, they invented wine cask finishing to enhance such problematic stuff so why did you not do this?
The colour is pale straw and the nose offers a malty-mashy profile that smells a little immature (despite its age of 18 years), obviously the cask was very leached already and did not support the maturation process of the spirit. To be honest, this smells like an underaged dram of 8 years or even less. This is not what I like, sorry.
The taste is sugary sweet with some of the trademark Glen Ord fruits and bitter wooden notes. Again, this tastes like an exhausted cask or a very young whisky - in a blind setting I would have guessed a 5 to 8 years old Speysider. Even after some chewing no significant other flavours join in.
The dram arrives hot and just a little coating on the palate with drying-astringent moments. The finish is short as a lightning and adds nothing remarkable. Water does not change a lot (if there is nothing in there what could be released?).