...and my taste buds state: This is another high quality Glenturret but by no means it is on eye-level with the above mentioned benchmark drams, at least in my honest opinion. But it is the best Glenturret I had so far and it is very quaffable, for sure...
Hint: If you like such a profile look out for older (20+years) Glenlossie, Glen Keith, Glen Ord or Glentauchers releases. And do not expect all Glenturret are this way, usually Glenturret owns a rather weird (interesting, but not very quaffable) profile.
[August, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and I am tempted to raise my score to 91 points - the finish still is the weakest part but the taste is truly excellent (maybe 92 points?). A very enjoyable Glenturret, no doubt...
The colour is jonquiripe corn and I use a big 1920's blenders nosing glass to nose it (never drink out of these glasses, they are good for nosing only). The nose offers a delicious and complex old style profile with different ripe fruits (both home-grown and exotic), heather honey, beeswax, several herbs (sage, melissa) and spices (vanilla, peppers, ginger) with rather shy wooden notes. All is nicely balanced and without any flaw, this is a very fine nose indeed. It is best right after serving the dram and gets flatter upon breathing, unfortunately. But some nice oily aromas are added over time.
The taste is layered on sweet fruity and barley sugary flavours first that turn more toffee-ish later. Some bitter herbal-wooden notes join in quickly followed by honeys and waxes. After a little chewing a delicious dark chocolatey flavour pops up and the spices are the last to show up, as usual. Hey, this is a fine tasting experience - I like it! No off-note or imbalance that I can find - and there is none of these strange weird flavours Glenturret is (in)famous for either.
The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with a minor bitter-astringent feeling (tannins) that is rather enjoyable and not distracting. The finish is of medium length and turns a little bitter-drying (cardboardy, tannins). Water turns the nose chalky-mineral and the taste flatter, I like the neat dram best.