I never ever had any 90+points Fettercairn so far (they were rather 85-points) because I find this distillery profile just boring - very simple and too grassy-mashy. But looking at all the high scores for this release it can well be I found a little gem in the advent calendar...
...no, certainly not! Maybe others find something in this dram that I am not sensitive to but to me this is just another boring Fettercairn with a simple two-dimensional profile (grassy-floral and sugary-sweet). It is flawless and easy drinkable, of course - but nothing else (according to my taste buds, only).
The colour is pale gold and the nose is very, very shy first so I let it breathe for some minutes. After that it is still quite shy and offers exactly the grassy-floral-sugary Fettercairn boredom I do not like, sorry folks! Maybe some water helps - it opens up the nose nicely and releases ... just more of the same (grassy-floral-sugary aromas).
The taste is a little better but still unimpressive in that grassy-floral and barley sugary mix. It is neither complex nor layered nor flawed, just very simple. Maybe there are flavours in it I am not sensitive to? After some chewing a few fruity and waxy notes pop up but they never dare to enter the spotlight. Water increases the sugary side only, I like the neat dram better.
The dram arrives warming but not really coating on the palate with a drying-astringent feeling (cold metals). The finish is of medium length and stays barley sugary sweet without adding new impressions. The minor drying feeling repeats itself again towards the end.