The Single Cask – A 5yr Glen Ord Summerton Exclusive
The Single Cask
The Single Cask are an independent bottler specialising in single cask whiskies. We may be just a small team, but we have a big passion for sharing great whisky. We focus on small batch, high quality outturns and love cask picks that are: a great exemplar of what a particular distillery does amazingly well; a great case-study in a particular maturation approach; and/or something unique and unusual.
Our collaboration with Summerton
We were delighted to collaborate with Summerton Whisky Club in June. We believe that great whisky is meant to be opened, shared and enjoyed; so partnering with Summerton to share a whisky with their members is really exciting. This month’s whisky is a 5 year old Glen Ord bottled exclusively for Summerton Whisky Club.
About Glen Ord
Glen Ord is a Highland distillery founded in 1838, making it one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. It is now the only remaining distillery on the Black Isle, in the north east of Scotland – a peninsula jutting out of the Scottish mainland and into the North Sea.
Glen Ord continues to malt its own barley and to use the long fermentation and slow distillation methods followed there for generations. This investment of time and effort produces a very high quality spirit.
A lot of Glen Ord is used as a blending component in big brand names, as it is a smooth Highland whisky that adds a wonderful thread to many whiskies. But we think their spirit is delightful and deserves to be showcased in its own right; as we have done here, with a fantastic ex-bourbon barrel that yielded 332 bottles at 46%.
This whisky is an exercise in delicate restraint that allows the quality of the Glen Ord spirit to shine through and makes for the perfect dram for hot, sunny days.
- Colour: light straw, an honest reflection of this natural colour, non chill filtered, whisky.
- Nose: perfumed, delicate and floral, it has a buttery note to it along with green apple skin and cut pear, reminiscent of a good chardonnay.
- Palate: those green notes continue on to a smooth palate, with apples, pears and grapes that are joined by notes of vanilla, walnut and just a little icing sugar sweetness.
- Finish: a medium finish rounds off this gentle and pleasant summertime dram with a touch of warming wood spice.
For maximum enjoyment, keep the bottle in the shade so that the whisky is cool, pour yourself a dram, and find a sunny corner of your garden on a late summer afternoon; kick back and relax.
But, that’s what I think. You can find out what Swedish Whisky Girl thought in her YouTube review here.
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