I have my eye on a 30yo Glen Ord costing around $200 at a shop down the street from me. I recently saw a good review of this bottle on the whiskyfun website. However, for that same $200 I could buy 3 of the 4 bottles listed below:
Tallisker 175th – 60$
Glen Scotia 14 – 45$
Either the 28yo Dalmore (Stillmans Dram) or a 25yo Highland Park (Scott’s Selection) - each going for about $100
My rational side says to buy the three bottles, but I have a strange temptation to go solely with the 30yo Glen Ord. So, any thoughts on Glen Ord (a brand I have yet to sample) or advice on the decision at hand would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
This won't be you very last whisky purchase will it???
By the way welcome to the forum, you see how the madness starts? You ask a simple question and some body says buy them all!!
Thanks for the welcome, and that's the kind of advice I like to hear! Actually, being of little will power, I bought the Glen Ord on my way home from work tonight.
Sampling my first glass right now - The nose has a spiced fruit quality to it, apples & pears, some peat as well, it takes a little while to open up. A very nice salty taste that gets sweeter and leads to a big finish, good dose of smoke in the finish. The 58.7%abv gives the whole thing some real power, but it’s still quite refined. Subtle woodiness, especially for a 30 years old. If someone told me this is a cask strength older/mid-age vatting of Highland Park and Cragganmore I’d believe them.
I give this a thumbs up, glad I bought it. It’s an older, higher strength bottle that offers an alternative & stands up to the big boys of smoke or sherry.
Now I need to cool it for a couple weeks, let my bank account recover, & then go buy the Glen Scotia!
congratulations on the lack of willpower and a wise decision to buy the Glen Ord. I have not tried an Ord of such an age yet but I like the Ord or Ordie as the independent bottlers call him very much. Glen Ord IMO is one oft those underestimated distilleries from the Northern Highlands that quietly churn out wonderful malts which often have a wonderful dry accent in the finish. Some other names here are Royal Brackla, Clynelish and her closed sister Brora (often peated but not always) Old Pulteney closed Glen Mhor, Glen Albyn and Millburn.
And of course welcome to the forum.
I’ll keep the Ordie in mind if coming across one in the future while on a shopping hunt for independent bottler bottles.
Also this Glen Ord has the fanciest packaging I’ve ever seen. No cylindrical tube here, It comes in a big brown shoe-box with understated labeling (very nice). Leather cloth inside, which is pulled back to reveal a smallish rectangular bottle tucked into a little holding space. Pulling the bottle out, there is a mirrored background, good gosh it’s like the holiday season unwrapping this thing. Looks like they pulled out all the stops when designing the packaging of this release.
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