Nose: sherry, sherry and even more sherry. ahhhh there comes something, oh no, even more sherry: smile: joking aside. So if you are looking for sherry heaven somewhere, you will definitely find it here. Dark, boiled-down berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, gooseberries, cherries) pair wonderfully with musty leather, an old wine cellar, caramelized nuts, dates and raisins. The musty leather goes away after a few minutes and lets a fresh mint through, very cool, reminiscent of some old whisky from the 70s. You can slowly recognize the spicy character in the background with cranbarrys. What will the palate say? I'm curious!
On the tongue: surprisingly soft, full-bodied, caramel, nougat pralines, sweet, candied ginger, spicy and creamy, boiled oranges, and a hint of plum jam. Then there are nuts, dark chocolate, slight hints of liquorice, but the wood is not too noticeable, amazing! The second time I try it, there are even tropical hints, I have a long-ripened, sweet pineapple and spice cake. Mega.
Finish: Forever long, a mixture of nut chocolate and white coffee. I like the dram very much, even as a Glendronach fan I would like to think that Rachel has conjured up something fabulous here. Definitely better (personal opinion) than like Batch 10 and Batch 8, I first have to compare whether it can get to Batch 9, I keep a little aside from the dram, but from memory I prefer Batch 9.
Is it worth it in terms of price? That is up to you! It's always cool, but also expensive!