Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Citric zing and spicy tingles
Stated Age
12 years old
Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
61.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Feb 2016 11:12 am by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 55,35

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Ord 2003 SMWS 77.41

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.00 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: Much like the previous Craigellachie 44.68 WB but without the char. That translates a sweeter and cleaner, still with an oily body and some grassiness. Rather 'light' overall and simple really, but quality assured.
    T: Malty, oily, a little candy, a little fizz, actually plenty. Eventually moves from sweet malt to dry-malty lemon, dry lemon - sweet and dry. Incredibly long development [probably the longest I've experienced even with water]. Has stamina, will travel.
    F: Still more heat, chilli meets spearmint - but it's more of a warm humming than a burn or zing. Then it's [black] tea time finally finishing with a mash paste and a firm touch of oaky sour.
    C: It wasn't that long ago when a sizeable 20% of Glen Ord’s output went towards single malt. Today [2016] Glen Ord is a huge [Diageo owned] distillery operating mainly for blend - Johnny Walker & Dewar's for example. Given its destiny, Ord's character is naturally a little neutral although quality is high with potential complexity if cask[s] and direction will allow. It's certainly a robust spirit with a bit of everything, like the 12yo WB and 18yo WB Singleton will testify [2016]

    Scores a C+

  2. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes
    Colour: Yellow twinkly gold
    Flavour profile: Young & spritely

    Not the most complex nose, but we found it bright, biscuity
    (lemon puffs, iced gems, garibaldis), sweet (sherbet straws, white gummi bears)
    and fruity (rhubarb, mandarin, physalis, grapefruit). The attractive palate had
    good viscous texture, initial sweet delivery of marshmallow tea-cakes, honey
    and Edinburgh Rock and later citric zing and spicy tingles – moist
    ginger-bread, chilli, nettles, sherbet, sharp lemon and sour apple sweets. The
    reduced nose combined hoppy ale, rope mops, lemon bonbons and waxed jackets.
    The palate’s texture held up and the sweetness (orange barley sugars, lemon
    biscuits), understated bitterness and tingling spice gave us a balanced, mellow,
    easy-drinking dram.

    Drinking tip:  A
    summery dram – could be an aperitif (instead of a gin and tonic) or a palate


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