...and this is a heavy sherried dram that leaves not much space for the Glenturret malt to pop up in either a good or bad way. It is flawless and very bold, so all lovers of sherry monsters will like this one - but to be honest, this could be any mainland distillery.
The colour is very dark for a 12-years old refill cask at mahogany and the nose offers a bold (what else given that colour) and flawless modern oloroso sherry profile with loads of dried fruits (raisins, sultanas, dates), plums, oranges, nuts and liquorice. Some malty notes shine through but they have to fight hard to be not overwhelmed by the massive sherry forces. This is the typical nose of a modern sherry monster, lovers of that genre will adore it (no doubt) but to me it is way to unbalanced - nevertheless enjoyable (out of a big spheric blender's glass).
The taste is very sweet on all the oloroso sherry flavours I can imagine within a firm spicy wooden framework. The sweetness of the wine and the bitter wooden notes form a fine combo with the malt-driven flavours in a walk-on role only. A very simple profile but it works, provided you like these heavy impressions. Some water releases more wooden notes in the nose and turns the taste smoother. More water flattens the dram - I like to nose it neat and prefer to drink it reduced to about 43% abv.
The initial mouthfeel is a little hot and despite all the sherry not really coating with significant bitter-drying moments (the heavy sherry woods demand their toll). The finish is long and turns more spicy and leathery which is fine. The dryness of the wood is more bearable here than it was with the first mouthfeel, most probably because my taste buds adapted somewhat to this feeling.