Review: The Singleton of Glen Ord 14 Years Old Limited Edition 2018
The Singleton series of single malts isn’t particularly known for offering an elevated experience. (Official tagline: “Scotch Whiskies That Are Made For Mixing.”) The family comprises whiskies from a fluid number of distilleries, with Glendullan currently ruling the roost.
What then to expect of this 14 year old from Glen Ord, the only distillery located on the Black Isle, just north of Inverness? I didn’t have any expectations from the spirit distilled in 2002 and described as being aged in “refill American oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak butts followed by a unique maturation and marrying process.” (The details include two “development casks” made of charred ex-Pedro Ximinez and ex-Moscatel cask wood, and marrying puncheons made of European oak.)
But sometimes wonderful surprises await you in this business.
The Singleton of Glen Ord 14 is immediately distinguished by its bold nose of butterscotch, toffee, and fresh gingerbread cookie batter, a rich, sultry, and engaging aroma that draws you into the glass with haste. A touch of menthol emerges in time. The palate is equally bold and mouth-filling, a bright but spicy experience that sees a stronger focus on fruit — juicy orange and ginger, all mingled with golden syrup. At last the finish arrives, though it feels so lengthy as to be unending. Rich and spicy, it’s a soulful experience that feels almost unctuous on the tongue. Amazing stuff, almost decadent.
A highlight of the 2018 Diageo Special Releases. Stock up.
115.2 proof. Available only via thewhiskyexchange.com.
A / £100 / malts.com