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Glen Ord 12-year-old (100cl)

Bought: Online Auction, 5th October 2017

Ratings:
85.65/100 – Whiskybase (from 8 member votes)
78/100 – Malt Maniacs (from 4 maniac votes)

This 40% Glen Ord 12yo was introduced in the mid 1990s (according to Malt Maniacs) and superseded in c.2005 by a square bottle version at a more potent 43%. I’ve wanted this distillery bottling of Glen Ord for a while because it was a classic of its day. There is certainly plenty of it about because it regularly appears in UK auctions where bottles make a modest £30-£60. The square bottle arguably contains better whisky than the earlier version from the 1990s but I was delighted to win this 100cl 40% for £42. After auction costs £55 doesn’t seem much for a whisky discontinued over 10 years ago and possibly bottled over 20 years ago. The whisky inside could have been distilled in the 1980s.

Scoring over 85/100 on Whiskybase is an excellent score, albeit only from 8 member votes. Someone leaves the comment, “quite a good and complex dram for its age. A good bottling from the past.” The 70cl version listed on Whiskybase was bottled in 2003 and scores a more modest 81/100 from 64 votes. Comments include “much better than I was expecting, not exciting or anything but easy to drink”, “just ok, certainly not offensive and even positively cordial”, and “this one goes excellent with a good coffee, a lovely malt from a nice distillery”.

Serge Valentin, one of the Malt Maniacs, scores the Glen Ord 12yo 76/100 with the comment “the new one in the rectangular bottle is much better, but this old version is rather amiable, after all”. The picture of his bottle shows it came with a square box, which is probably the early presentation from the mid 1990s. I suspect my 100cl with the round tube is from 2000+. Serge Valentin’s review can be found here.

Here’s Ben of ‘A Dram A Day’ with a history of the Glen Ord distillery and his thoughts on the square bottle of the 12yo:

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Glen Ord 2004 (Carn Mor c.5-year-old)

Bought – C Gar Ltd, 22nd October 2013

Ratings:
76.5/100 – Whiskybase (average from 2 member votes)

This Glen Ord is part of the 24 x 20cl bottles that make up the Carn Mor Vintage Collection. Distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2009, it’s from a limited edition of 1593, Cask No: 55. Non-chill filtered,  no added colour and 46%.

You can understand the thinking behind the Carn Mor collection. 24 bottles covering 24 years and 24 different distilleries is a nice idea. But I would argue these bottles are more for tasting and comparing the differences rather than collecting. My thinking behind this is when we look at the younger bottlings, such as this Glen Ord. The collection makes me imagine I own a distillery and, part of my duty is to taste the whisky as it matures – 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, etc. And in each year I sense the changes of the aging process. But instead of comparing the same whisky the Carn Mor collection has the added bonus (or complexity) of showing the effects of change from 24 distilleries.

With this thinking in mind, it makes me wonder if the younger whiskies in the Carn Mor collection would have seen the light of day at their tender ages if it weren’t for the requirements of the collection? Is this Glen Ord a finished malt or is its value purely to contrast and compare against others in the collection? We will see when the stopper goes POP!

Glen Ord 2004 Carn Mor 20cl