I bought this glenturret many years ago and only recently opened it. The color looks wonderful in the glass and goes in the direction of dark, intense gold or amber. I don't know how much I paid back then ... but I think the whisky was around € 50-60. The Glenfarclas 21 convinced me and is a real recommendation in the price range. Let's see if I can say the same about Glenturret.
In the nose I am a little disappointed. There are no aromas pouring out of the glass, I almost have to search for them. The whisky looks very mild, gentle and weak at the beginning, gradually the fruitiness of the sherry casks unfolds. Sherry, sweet red apples, raspberries soaked in alcohol, a subtle sour note of limes. It is difficult for me to smell more fruit. Pepper, wood notes, a hint of damp leather and cocoa powder form the counterpoint. Little by little the pepper provides a certain sharpness in the nose. The glenturret is no longer as weak, but the intensity and volume of the aromas are missing. The wood note is too dominant for me personally, because the interaction with the fruitiness is no longer so harmonious.
In the mouth, the pepper tingles on the tongue, a little chilli spiciness is added and invigorates the back of the mouth. This makes the Glenturret appear more powerful than you would expect if the alcohol content was only 43%. Now comes the BUT: a sharpness on the tongue simulates power, which is then missing in the intensity and volume of the aromas. It is the same here. It appears watery before sharpness sets in. The fruits are only weakly felt in the mouth and are quickly replaced by the stronger spiciness. Especially the tannins with coffee, walnuts, tobacco, leather are dominant here. Sweet? Fruit? You really have to search in all the bitter notes and the sharp spiciness. Somehow it doesn't really go together for me. Watery, yet spicy, tart without a strong sweetness or fruit that opposes this and ensures a balance. The whisky seems a little too inharmonic to me.
The finish is of medium length with tart notes in the main role. Chewed walnuts, coffee, tobacco, oak, wet leather, a subtle pepperiness and light hints of light fruit remain in the mouth. There is no equivalent opponent to the bitter notes. I find the finish better than the taste in the mouth. Those who like tannins will be satisfied here.
Overall, it's a whisky that I wouldn't buy again. Then the Glenfarclas 21 was worlds better!
I give it 82/100 points.