...and it is worth the bucks, no doubt. This is a rather bold Glenfiddich (thanks to the cask strength) which offers the delicate profile of this distillery much better than the low-proof standard editions. Such a profile really needs some "oompf" to beef it up and this bottling delivers that perfectly - one of the best 'fiddich I had so far.
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a delicate fruity and floral profile that is rather bold (for a Glenfiddich). There are both home-grown (apples, apricots) as well as exotic fruits (mango, grapefruit), grassy, summer floral and barley sugary aromas in a tasty spicy wooden setting which perfectly fits. All is in a fine balance without any off-note, this is one of the best 'fiddich noses I had so far (to be honest, there were not that many).
The taste is fruity and sugary sweet with spices, waxes and oils - a truly old-style profile. Some shy herbs lurk in the background as do some tobacco-tea-ish notes. After some chewing tasty honey flavours join in and later a delicious mocha pops up that I really like. Hey, this is a very fine taste! By the way, no flaw or imbalance that I can find.
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate without distracting moments, actually a pretty good mouthfeel. The finish is long and turns more spicy-earthy which is a nice addition to the sweet taste. There is a minor drying feeling towards the end (green tea) that is not distracting. Water releases the earthy aromas in the nose too and turns the taste smoother but I like the power of the neat dram better.