Seemed like a good time to open the Glen Ord 30yo I just got to put it to the "coastal" test. Here's my notes, you decide.
Name: Glen Ord 30yo 58.7% abv, bottled 2005
Region: Northern Highlands
Color: Pure gold
Nose: Grass/hay, apple skins, fresh cut firewood, light ginger note, vanilla bean, cucumber, stony (minerals, sand, creek pebbles), a little root cellar earthiness
Palate: Powerful peppermint intro, the stony/earthy tone continues, the spice takes the middle with black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, the whole cabinet
Body: Oily texture with a punchy grasp
Finish: A bitter grass/dry oak theme trails off eloquently even at cask strength
Notes: Not since Brora has a malt so moved me with its uniqueness. And the similarities with that distillery are uncanny. With a splash of water: sweet floral notes abound in the aroma along with Christmas candy canes, pine needles, tree resin; the taste is: after dinner mints, apple butter, white cake icing. This malt screams for water and takes it well, too. At 30 years and still 58.7%, assertive is an understatement. Some of the components are well hidden and take some thought to put into words; it’s one of those that must be experienced to be believed. The Brora nod is deserved and will be regarded.
Quote: Life starts at 30