...and I do not regret it! This is a perfect example of a delicate and impressive old style matured sherry whisky that offers not much of Glenglassaugh but a delicious and very, very quaffable clean sherry profile instead. Is the price justified? Several years ago I would have stated "not" but the ongoing whisky boom drives price points higher year by year. Personally I think, this dram is worth around 250 to 300 Euro in 2018 (unfortunately) - so if you do not own old stocks and you want to explore such a fine sherry profile I recommend to go for this edition...
The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the nose offers a fine old-style sherry profile with all the great sherry-induced aromas in a firm but never too heavy wooden structure. Not sure if much of the Glenglassaugh spirit characteristics come through but who needs this if the sherry profile is such excellent. By the way, the first nose right after serving the dram out of the bottle is the best - so sniff it immediately and do not wait until it "breathed" away the boldness...
The taste is layered on the different sherry flavours starting with sweet winey notes followed by chocolatey (both dark and milk) and fruity (oranges, plums, apricots) flavours before the raisins, spices and nuts kick in. The wood is always present but it stays generously in the background and provides just the "rhythm section" for all the solo flavours on the tongue's stage. No flaw (and no sulphur, hallelujah!) or off-note that I can find, all is simply delicious and nicely chewable. Water is not needed but does no harm either (the nose gets more weakish but the taste improves somewhat) - I suggest to drink it neat.
The dram arrives warming in the mouth with a minor coating effect (I hoped for more) and a little astringent moment (tannins) that is not distracting at all. The finish is of medium length with increasing wooden notes that do not get bitter, fortunately. There are some espresso flavours that pop up (not the dark roasted ones, rather a light or medium roast) and vanish what is quite interesting to follow. No bitter or astringent moments here what is great but not usual with such long matured heavily sherried drams.