The colour is old gold and the texture shows a sticky ring at the top of the glass that refuses to build tears and very slowly moves downward as a ring (what a great oiliness!). The nose offers all that Glen Ord is famous for in its best drams: tons of different fruits (among them quinces, pears and apricots), honeys, chocolate, nuts (peanuts), spices (mints, ginger) and many more. All in a nicely balanced mix without any off-note. A great nose, indeed! The mouthfeel is as impressive as the texture promised: It immediately coats all of the mouth with a warm feeling and minor (but not distracting) bitter-astringent moments. The taste is rich and very chewable with basically the same flavours as were in the nose. The finish is long and adds more spices and wooden notes that finalise in a minor bitter-drying end (that is absolutely okay to enjoy). Water unlocks even more aromas and flavours and it turns the taste sweeter with more honeys and sugars dominating - that is why I like the neat dram better (it is more balanced, but the reduced version is more quaffable, of course).
This is one of the best Manager's Dram I had so far and it was pretty cheap when it was released (to the employees only) - hence my price score.