...and it does! Actually, I like this cask much better than its TWA sibling. It shows the (old) Glenmo' profile much better and is almost completely free of off-notes or signs of over-aging. An official Glenmorangie botting of such an old age would be sold for four-digit bucks, certainly.
The colour is quite dark (for a bourbon maturation) at burnished and I use a big spheric blender's glass to nose this old gem. Right after serving the nose offers a flawless and impressive old highland-style profile with loads of fruits, honeys, waxes, oils and spices. The wood is about perfect, rather shy for a 35-years old maturation but strong enough to provide a firm framework for all other aromas to join in. After some breathing dozens of additional impressions pop up - among them furniture polish, autumn flowers and stronger vanilla notes. The profile changes significantly over time but it stays very interesting and enjoyable. A great nose, much better than the TWA one - I call this a benchmark old highland-style nose.
The taste is multi-layered starting with lots of different fruits followed by hot spices (chili, white pepper, shy vanilla) followed by waxes followed by molten barley sugars followed by vegetable oils followed by... This is very entertaining to explore and dangerously quaffable, no doubt. No flaw or imbalance that I can find, and again the wood acts about perfect in the background. After some chewing the sugars and spices combine to a delicious note of milk chocolate while the waxes and oils grow stronger, too. I call this a benchmark old highland-style taste.
The initial mouthfeel is very charming with a creamy texture covering all of the mouth within seconds. There is a minor bitter impression which is rather welcomed in this context because of the overall sweet taste. The finish is long and adds more floral impressions (heather flowers, wet haystacks). There is a minor cardboardy moment at the very end which is a little distracting (but it was much stronger hence annoying with the TWA). Water releases even more old-style aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother but less interesting. I like to nose this dram both neat and somewhat reduced but prefer to drink it neat.