The Singleton of Glen Ord Special Release 2019 18yo 700ml
Lively Rich Fruit & Spiced Oak
Unusually from freshly charred American oak hogsheads, this fine cask-strength expression is much spicier than is usual for The Singleton Glen Ord, while retaining its signature smoothness and appealing richness.
The Singleton is renowned for the smoothness and balance of its whiskies, which match the liveliness and vigour of the leaping salmon in the fast flowing rivers of the Highlands of Scotland. The Singleton Glen Ord is particularly known for its richness and fruitiness, here enriched by a different, more intense maturation cask.
This small batch of The Singleton Glen Ord, matured for a full 18 years in freshly charred American oak hogsheads and never before released, combines smooth distillery character with subtle complex aromas and intensely spicy tastes.
The subtle aroma suggests nougat, with traces of dried apple, on a zesty orange peel base. The compelling and powerful taste starts with the sweetness of caramel toffee, the orange peel introduces a surprising intensity that swells with complex spices. The finish is long and leaves the palate tingling.
The cask type used is a very unique wood type for a whisky of this age, and not something which has been seen often in the past, as the use of freshly-charred wood gives a much more overt wood flavour with pronounced spicy notes.