...that is a modern "sherry monster" with both heavy sherry and wooden notes. The malt is completely buried under these extreme flavours and the dram owns a significant bitter-astringent wooden mouthfeel (heavy tannins at work). Too me this is too much but lovers of that genre will adore it, most probably...
The colour is dark at auburn and the nose offers a bold modern sherry profile with significant bitter-herbal notes. Both the sherry and wood aromas are quite dominant and do not leave a lot of space for the malt characteristics, even after some minutes of breathing. This smells rather like fortified sherry than sherried whisky but to be honest, it is pretty nice. But I miss the malt aromas hence this nose is rather simple...
The taste is wood-driven with lots of bitter notes from the heavy tannins and the sherry is not really capable to soothe these punchy impressions. Again, there are hardly malt-driven flavours to identify within this clash of two titans (heavy sherry versus heavy woods). Whoever is into such "sherry monsters" will like this taste very much (probably), but you really have to appreciate bitter-wooden profiles. To me this is too much wood (according to my taste buds).
The dram arrives warming and a little coating on the palate with a significant bitter-astringent mouthfeel (like so often with heavily sherried drams). The finish is medium to long and stays on the bitter-wooden side with some more chocolatey notes. Water releases more bitter aromas in the nose and taste, so I like this dram best when neat.