Sherry masks the distillery character. Fine if you are a big fan. That sickening sweetness with water added is questionable.
1988, Aged 17 Years
No age statement
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Spirity at first then vanilla smooths the rough edges. Sherry shows up. Plum jam, fig molasses. Oak makes its way quite assertively.
Palate: Definitely sherried. Chocolate, dried fruit. Develops on dry bitterness. Water takes astringence away, but then too much sugar.
Finish: Dry, oaky, astringent.
Comment: Sherry masks the distillery character. Fine if you are a big fan. That sickening sweetness with water added is questionable.
Nose: Exotic: flat cola, wet bamboo, hedgerow, sour black cherry mixed with coconut, chocolate and green fig. With water, eucalyptus.
Palate: Shows real maturity, complexity and balance. Tongue-coating with layers of flavour and good weight. The oiliest so far.
Finish: Long, with a refreshing tart grip.
Comment: This has excellent backbone and manages to integrate fully the bitter edge that creeps into many of these.
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