Glen Ord 12yo – Mey Selections

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How on earth are we over halfway through the first month of 2020 already? Not quite sure how that happened, but here we are. To kick off this year’s articles, I have a rather interesting single cask of Glen Ord in front of me, bottled by Mey Selections for their Rare Cask Series. Set up by specialist whisky merchants, Goldfinch, Mey Selections is part of a charity initiative supplying high quality food, drink, and cashmere sourced from within a 150 mile radius of Mey castle, which is owned by the Royal family.

This 12yo single cask Glen Ord is their first foray into the whisky market, with this sherry butt being selected by none other than ex-Macallan whisky maker, Max McFarlane. Commenting on the release, McFarlane said: “The Glen Ord cask had superior sensory and palate qualities. The liquid has wonderful flavours of a sherry cask filled with whisky for the first time. It is fresh and fruity on the nose with hints of white grapes and aromatic spices followed by a breath of warm butterscotch. Beautifully formed and well rounded on the palate, with sweet notes of vanilla and prunes enriched by suggestions of malted barley and linseed oil. A whisper of light spice heralds a deliciously smooth and lingering finish. Add all this to good maturation and natural colour and we have a product fit for a King.”

Glen Ord 12yo
2007/2019 Single Cask
Mey Selections Rare Cask Series
Goldfinch Whisky Merchants
689 bottles
51% ABV
£117.95 here

Nose: Green apple, pear skins, fresh cut grass, and fruit salad sweets. There’s some vanilla icing and waxy lemons too, before a touch of sawdust appears.

Palate: Barley sugars, lemon curd, lime peel, orange blossom, custard creams and white grapes. Those apples and pears are now poached, along with some pecan nuts.

Finish: Soft baking spices emerge, with more ‘green’ fruits, and gentle oak.

Overall: A really excellent single cask, and an exemplary Glen Ord. Whilst tasting, I actually forgot it was bottled at cask strength, such is the harmony of aromas and flavours. The price is well above what you’d expect to pay for a single cask Glen Ord of this age, but given the charitable nature of the company behind it, I can see why the price tag is what it is. As a liquid, it’s gorgeous. As the first expression in the range, they’ve themselves an awfully high benchmark, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what other single casks they have up their sleeve.



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