In theory, this should be stellar, but vorsicht, it may be heavily sherried (coffee and mustard, as we sometimes say). Colour: deep gold. Nose: phew! There is some oloroso, with old walnuts indeed, and even a little ham and mustard (sauce à la diable, we say), but that would just interpenetrate (what?) with the very smoky distillate. Absolutely wonderful notes of camphor, embrocations, cut agave, then game, seawater, shellfish, chartreuse, fennel, and a little engine oil again. Wow, as they say at Islay’s Got Talent. With water: damp fabric and chalk. Always works. Looks like the water I’m using kind of offsets the sherry – good to know! (I’m ready to ship this particular water to you, price is 5,000€ a litre – while stocks last!) Mouth (neat): sumptuous, rich, pretty creamy, and just flawless. Mushrooms, walnuts, dried beef and cured ham, lemon marmalade, oysters, grapefruit juice, iodine, cough syrup, green pepper, turmeric, seawater and.. hey oh, have I mentioned walnuts? With water: indeed it takes water very well. Tobacco, soft leather, walnuts, black olives, seawater… Finish: long and very salty. Comments: have the excellent people at the Distillery ever issued a vintage 1998, beyond some hand-filled ones?
SGP:467 - 92 points.