No, this is never ever a 90+points dram but it is certainly above average when compared to other modern releases and it is surely great value for the buck. As an example: I prefer to drink this ordinary Glenfiddich over the 27-years old Inchgower from Diageo's Special Release 2018 (WB id 140987) that costs ten times its bucks. A perfect everyday dram that is easy-to-sip for everyone who likes decent Speyside profiles - thank you for that hint, dear Rob and Kate (and please let us know which batch was the 90+points one).
The colour is deep gold and I use a big spheric nosing glass to comprehend the tasting notes of Rob and Kate. The initial nosing impression is fruity, honeyed and grassy which are the trademark Glenfiddich aromas. It is pretty nice and offers more aromas over time - I find the rhubarb and banana bread of Rob as well as the butterscotch, grass meadows and honeydew melon of Kate. This nose is subtle and moderately complex, I like it! But by no means this is 90+points according to my olfactory cells, to be honest. Sadly, this fine nose vanishes quickly upon breathing and gets flatter (less impressive) over time so hurry to do the nosing experience!
Never drink out of blender's glasses because they are designed for nosing purposes only and they taste dull and weakish. I use a standard Glencairn for drinking... The taste is even more impressive than the nose with loads of sweet flavours (fruits, honeys, sugars) in an adorable mix with spices and buttery-toffee impressions. It is not really layered and all comes in one go but it is perfectly balanced without any off-note. After some chewing delicious sherry flavours join in that enrich the tasting profile further. Hey, this is both interesting and very quaffable. The low abv (40%) is more than compensated by the spices (chili, ginger) which create the impression of a much more powered dram (I would have guessed 46% abv). By the way, no flaw or imbalance that I can find.
The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate without distracting moments - wow, what a fine mouthfeel! The finish is medium to long and adds even more fruits (apples, melons, peaches) and sweet sherry winey flavours without any distracting moments again. Water releases more aromas in the nose (oils, grapes) but turns the taste flatter and less interesting - I like this dram best when neat.