Refill Sherry Hogshead (# DL12759, 389 btl.)
Starts with dark dried fruits, old sherry, raisins and delicate notes of mincemeat. Sweet and fresh with treacle and blackcurrant, followed by a decent nuttiness, subtle leather and a pinch of cinnamon.
Rich and intense on the palate with sweet notes of dried fruits, raisins and juicy blood orange. This is accompanied by a warming mix of cinnamon and subtle oak, with hazelnuts and lingering notes of sticky honey towards the finish.
The finish is very long, warm and lingering with barley sugar, toasted bread, blackcurrant, slightly bitter orange peel and a hint of dry oak on the tail.
There's more fruits coming through when a few drops of water are added with juicy oranges, blood oranges and peaches, followed by cinnamon spice and dark toffee. Still sweet on the palate with barley sugar, dried fruits, raisins and Seville oranges. This is complemented with prickling oak and hazelnuts towards the finish. The finish is slightly shorter with barley sugar, blackcurrant, custard, blossom honey and delicate hazelnuts on the tail.
Another successful bottling from the Old Particular series by Douglas Laing. Despite its dark colour, this 12-year-old Glenturret is not on the heavy sherry side, but captivates with its fruity aromas of dark dried fruits, juicy blood oranges and fresh blackcurrants, which are in good balance with the well integrated alcohol and fine spiciness. A pleasant single malt that lingers on the palate for a very long time. A dram at the end of a successful day!
I thank Douglas Laing for the photograph!