Singleton of Glen Ord

Updated: Jan 13, 2019

Singleton of Glen Ord -- perhaps audience from Asia would be more familiar with this whisky brand. Curious why this would be the case? This is what this article is about.

In this final part of the 'Scotch-distillery visit' trilogy, I am going to introduce you to the whisky brand -- Singleton of Glen Ord. As I was saying earlier, perhaps friends from Asia would be more familiar with this distillery. In order to explain why this distillery is more popular in some regions than the others, we need to first talk about the brand Singleton itself.

Found originally by Thomas Mackenzie in 1838, the distillery has since gone through ups and downs. This includes anything from temporarily shutting down because of the world wars, transferring from one owner to another for multiple times, to its still house being destroyed in 1877 because of a fire. Luckily, Glen Ord made through all of this and was acquired by Singleton. Thus, along with Glendullan and Dufftown, it is a part of the Singleton Family.

What's interesting is that since Singleton made a decision to only sell Glen Ord to Asian markets, chances that you could only taste it in other regions in the world is pretty rare. Thus, if you happen to be around at Inverness, be sure to check out the distillery which also happened to be one of the seven Scotch distilleries that make its own malt.

Anyway, with all that said; let's move to the fun part -- whisky tasting.

I will be reviewing three of their most renowned products from them today; namely the 12, the 15, and the 18.

First off is Singleton of Glen Ord 12. Being the true classic; this is definitely the first whisky you should try from this distillery. Through having 60% of the whisky being matured in a Sherry cask and 40% of the whisky being matured in a Bourbon cask, this signature piece defines the 'house style' of Singleton of Glen Ord to be much smoother than the majority of the Scotch in the market.

So how does it taste, you may ask? The nose is perhaps the most favorable part with a gentle toffee and a fruity aroma. The palate is fairly similar to the nose I would say, as it opens with a gentle fruitiness, particularly like blackcurrant, yet with an addition of a gingery note. Finally, the finish is also quite similar to the palate as well as it is a balance between the fruitiness and the gingery toasted maltiness. Overall, it is a fairly smooth and sweet piece. Highly recommend for audiences who prefer more subtle whiskies.

Next off is Singleton of Glen Ord 18. The reason why I am addressing the 18 first is because it is identical to the 12 with regards to its ratio of Bourbon-Sherry blend -- 40:60.

Less spicy and more mature to the 12, the 18 begins with a nose of polished antique oak, followed by ginger biscuits and a honeyed sweetness. The sweetness continues at the palate as it is covered with notes of fruitiness and orange oil. The finish is the part that contrasts the most to the 12 as it gives a long oaky scent.

However, my favorite among them all is the 15. Personally, as someone who is a bigger fan of smoky whiskies, the 50:50 Bourbon-Sherry ratio of the 15 is more desirable for me. Although the nose starts with a cautious fruity note, namely melon and citrus; it then becomes waxy, and finally peppery as the gingery notes open up.

The palate is fairly gentle like other products from Singleton of Glen Ord. From an initial orange oil-like scent; notes of ginger biscuits and creamy chocolate, along with hints of vanilla soon develop. The finish is medium and is well-rounded. Creamy, then chocolate-like, and finally a little bit fruity; it is truly a warming conclusion.

Have you ever tried any of the whiskies from Singleton of Glen Ord? Comment down below about your thoughts! Also, check out my post on my visit to the famous Talisker Distillery!

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