Whisky Review – Glen Orrin 30 year old Blend (Aldi)

Glen Orrin 30 year old Blend (Aldi)
40% ABV
Available at Aldi

On Sunday 8th of December, Aldi released a 30 year old ‘strictly limited edition’ blended scotch Whisky, on their Glen Orrin label. We know very little about which distilleries this may have come from, although it’s interesting to read on the back of the tube, that ‘this truly exceptional scotch Whisky has been traditionally distilled in copper pot stills’. As it’s a blend is it safe to say all the various whiskies in this blend have come from pot stills, or am I showing some form of ignorance here?

It’s additional proof of how the Whisky boom has effected prices, just think 2 years ago we got a 40 year old single malt for less than 50 quid, now a 30 year old blend is costing nearly 55! 😉

Anyway, what’s most important is what it’s like, so let’s have a snifter.

Nose.

The nose is thick! Lots of sherried fruits, oranges, plums, raisins, with a generous honey coating. Behind that fruit is lots of wood, polished oak, beeswax, candles. With some time in the glass the museum experience becomes more in the front, with the fruit taking a back seat. There’s the odd hint of chocolate every now and again. A little powdered sugar is amongst the oak with more time.

Palate.

Sugar sweetness. Light sherried fruits, some berries in addition to oranges, raisins. Warming, but never harsh. Becomes a little rum like mid development. The sweet sugared profile goes through to the finish. Some creaminess is evident throughout the experience of the palate. All spice. The aged oak is ever present, but not overpowering. I wouldn’t say this has been overdone in maturation, it’s still got a lot of flavour to the spirit, and the oak does not run the show.

Finish.

Sweet, then drying oak, fruity, with touches of sherry, sawdust, mulled wine(!) Very smooth and mellow. Quite a fulfilling and varying finish.

Adding water.

It’s old and at 40%, I would not add water. But in the interest of the review. A very tiny drop. The nose is a little more fruity now, the polished wood more floral and put to the background. Palate isn’t as thick, and possibly a little warmer and has developed a little sour in the development. Finish has a bitter edge now and not half as pleasant. Water does not do this dram any good at all in my opinion.

Conclusion.

It’s easy drinking, quite tasty, and well, I can’t really complain a great deal considering its price. Let’s face it, nowadays you can easily pay 50 quid for a non aged statement malt, finished in port. So for a 30 year old blend, which is nicely competent, sherried, no smoke, well balanced between fruit and oak, well, I think I may go see if I can get another bottle, but somehow I think I’m going to be out of luck. Just don’t put any water in it!

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