Saturday, October 23, 2010

Diageo Dramming part 4 - Glen Ord

Glen Ord at dusk

Glen Ord is located a few miles northwest of Inverness, and is the location for both a malt whisky distillery and a maltings facility, the latter supplying several Diageo distilleries, including Glen Ord. It's just outside the village Muir of Ord, which is just at the bottom of the The Black Isle peninsula, emerging into the north sea between the Beauly Firth and the Cromarty Firth

The distillery is rather unknown but has recently been promoted as the Singleton of Glen Ord. The Gaelic word "Glen" means valley, but there's no geographic location called Glen Ord!

When whisky hit succes and single malt distilleries got known, Glenlivet being the name for others to match, I reckon the name Glen was added just for marketing purposes. If the whisky haves Glen in the name it must me good seemed to be the way of thinking.

The distillery had several names. It started in 1838 as Ord Distillery, later it was renamed Glen Oran, and then Glen Ord. The malt has been bottle under many names. Ord, Glenordie, Glen Ord, The Singleton of Glen Ord, Glen Oran.

The Glen Ord distillery has a nice visitor centre, with a good standard tour that includes a wee look into a warehouse.

1. Glen Ord 28 years old, bottled in 2003 58.3% Distillery Bottling

Nose : Sweet and warming, with a fruity and woody touch. Adult candy

Palate :Spicy and dry. Malty. A dark spicy apple fruityness emerges late in the palate

Finish : Medium with apples

A very nice and warming malt

Rating 84

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