The Apprentice #8: Glen Ord 2012, 7 Year Old “Carn Mor” 47.5%

Join our own Chris Chambers as he discusses this fantastic bottle.


Situated on the Black Isle (not actually an island but an area close to Inverness), this area was once the powerhouse of whisky production in the 18th and early 19th century. The area underwent massive decline following this period, but Glen Ord was one of the survivors.

One of the few distilleries in 2021 that is entirely self-sufficient, it was given a new lease of life in the late 2000’s when it was tipped as the Asia representative of the relaunched Singleton series by Diageo.

Generally quite gentle and grassy, smart maturation gives it a lovely toffee and spicy undertone, something that has seen use as a blender’s malt but fantastic to see under its own steam as a single malt in its own right.

Carn Mor is the brand name of Single Cask releases from Morrison and Mackay, an independent bottler of casks and blends based in Perth in central Scotland.

The company is relatively new by Scotch Whisky standards, but is managed by members of the Morrison family, the same ones who used to own Bowmore before its purchase by Beam Suntory.

This bottling is a great example of what this distillery can do when it gets to flex its independent muscles.


Tasting notes are a guideline only. Everyone may respond differently.


Fresh and dried fruit, apricots and apples, and the honey from the nose!


Milk, honey and corn cereals. Great way to start the day.


Intriguing notes of cedarwood augment a drying finish.