Colour: cream soda
Nose: crushed almonds and a fresh mint arrival. Green apples with echoes of marzipan and the sweetness of caramel almost merging into a creamy coffee. Leaving in the glass for an extra while reveals wine gums, boiled sweets, nutmeg and syrup. With water Rich Tea biscuits, basil and cinnamon.
Taste: initially its the thrust of alcohol but returning confirms the presence of vanilla, apples and green tea. Water tones the arrival down and ushers ripe melons, mangos and a little cheese into the arena. A burst of sweetness with white chocolate and pineapple cubes round off a fresh and revitalising dram.
Overall: a Glen Ord with something to say which isn’t often the case with the official bottlings. It does require a little patience and practice with water but there’s plenty of whisky to go around. The only downside being at £120 I think this fella is the wrong side of £100.