Friday the 30th was quite a good day, it’s the start of the weekend and the three Whisky Boys are having a wee tasting round at Jim’s, and on this occasion is is a bottle from The McGibbons Provenance Collection.
So Jim, from his stock brought out a Glen Ord Whisky – Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky 46% Alc/vol Distilled Spring 1996 & Bottled 2008 and is Un-chill Filtered.
The three of us sat round the table looking at this very pale Whisky, but we could wait no longer Dougie uncorked the dram.
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This bottle is an independant bottling by the Douglas Laing Group from Glasgow.
Their website is www.douglaslaing.com We suggest you all go in for a look at all the expressions and various bottlings that they produce.
Glasgow-based Douglas Laing & Co are independent bottlers and blenders headed by brothers, Fred and Stewart Laing, who proved the value of nepotism when they succeeded their father, Fred Douglas who founded the company in 1948.
And, in truth, they’ve not let their Dad down over the past 25 years in charge. Indeed, they’ve grafted to uphold the traditions of the family – apart from the sheep stealing and cattle rustling
They have successfully expanded their markets so that their highly-rated ranges now regularly features blends up to 25 years old, using the original blend specifications handed down to them – and written out so they wouldn’t forget them.
A key feature is their vast stock of different Malts built up over the last 50 years and it’s been a pleasing perk, benefit and privilege for the current directors to nose and taste some of the finest quality samples.
From sister company McGibbons, the Provenance selection is as quality based and still unchill filtered – but a little younger. Normally bottled from a single cask – occasionally from a “small batch” of two or three – at 46 % Alc/vol.
So, with the bottle open, no time was wasted in tasting this little dram.
Glen Ord 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky. ( bottled by The McGibbons Provenance group)
Colour…Lemon & lime water
Nose…Full on lemon freshness.
Taste..Quite dry, but very smooth with a slight prickle to the tongue, is their peat and spice in there? so much happening.
Finish… Long and complex, a fine tongue tingler – no problem drinking this quality all night.
Nose…Clean and fresh with a lot of lemon and dried fruit.
Taste…Full bodied, dry and salty yet, smooth with that oaky/spice prickle.
Finish…Medium long still dry and salty yet it ends with a sweet spice.
Nose…Clean and lemony with a touch of peat at the edge.
Taste…Very smooth but a little on the dry side, but oh so drinkable.
Finish…Long and spicy, a real enjoyment here.
Well that did go down well, we have to admit there was not a lot left in this bottle at the end of evening.
This has made Jim, Dougie and Nicola think. As Jim and Dougie have quite a few bottles from The Douglas Laing Group. for example we have a few Old & Rare Platinum Selection, quite a few of The Old Malt Cask and a couple of the McGibbons Provenance bottlings. It may result that after tasting this smashing wee Glen Ord dram we may have to open more of Douglas Laing bottlings. But we don’t think is will be to much of a hardship.
Well done Glen Ord Distillery and of course Douglas Laing. These bottlings you may only find in specialist shops but the Whisky Shop in Edinburgh and Callander have a good selection, if you visit, remember to tell them the Whisky Boys sent you.