Friday 31 March 2017

Glen Ord 2004 Cadenhead's Small Batch Review

Hi everyone,

Back again with some Glen Ord. The only distillery at the moment with an industrial drum maltings, supplying a large portion of malt for the hungry Diageo workhorse distilleries.
At the moment it’s much more available in Asia as part of the ‘Singleton’ branding. The other two being Glendullan for the USA and Dufftown for Europe.

Luckily, the indies have a load of… indies for us to enjoy as well.
This one is from Cadenhead’s and they release a new barrel of these quite regularly.

Glen Ord 2004 Cadenheads Small Batch 60.5%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Light
Nose: Light, alcohol, clean, bright, interesting minerality, lemon, vanilla.
Water: More of the same, some oak. Interesting. More Water: Chocolate, lemon, light orange, more balanced.
Taste: intense, clean, bright, youthful, alcohol, lemon juice, mineral stoniness, chalk, malt, vanilla into the finish.
Water: Softer, building intensity, maltiness, lemon, chalk, slate. More Water: More balance. Integrated, citrus, malt and oak.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Light, alcohol, lemon and vanilla. More integrated with water.
Bottled 2014 at 10yo. Really enjoyed those mineral notes on this, wasn’t expecting it from a Highland distillery. Think this could have done with a bit more maturation but it’s a great look into the distillery character.

Thanks for reading!

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