Boutique-y offer us their first foray into Diageo’s Highland powerhouse Glen Ord for door number 13. It’s presently unreleased (so watch out in early 2018) and bottled at 51.9% ABV.
Nose: Fresh apples and oily cider are joined by traces of mineral rock smoke, light honey, malty chocolate (Ovaltine), delicate vanilla and sappy oak. Water add some bakery notes into the mix – brioche. Freshly composed, but at the same time it seems a touch oily – just watch the surface of the whisky when you add a drop of two of water into it.
Taste: Yep, it’s a little oily, and waxy too – this makes for a good texture and weight. Pear juice and lemons come across as fizzing sweets and lemonade – there’s quite some lively zing here. This is merged nicely with discernible barley and chocolate and some earthiness – hay and grass. Light nuttiness comes from almonds and pepper tingles the palate near the end. The addition of water unsurprisingly takes the sugary edge off of the fruits – makes for a more syrupy consistence. But it also again adds some baking/cooking notes – this time freshly toasted bread.
Finish: Medium to long and offering earthiness, maltiness and pepper. There’s some wood tannins here and a lovely fading astringency.
Boutique-y open their account with Glen Ord with a memorable example. The distillate is still firmly in control here, with the cask merely a supporting act – that’s nice to see as I think that Glen Ord has a lot of inherent character all by itself. Zingy and fruity meets malty and mineral – and despite that seeming like a dichotomy it all works together remarkably well. Tasty and worth looking out for in 2018.