Colour: dark amber. Nose: starts much more classically ‘oloroso’, less extravagantly and more on chocolate, roasted nuts… but then it gets even meatier (smoked ham, sausages), on gravy with onions, hints of oxtail soup, cooked mushrooms and garlic… quite ‘nourishing’! Keeps developing with some much fresher herbs, citronella, fresh mint, mullein, lemon balm… Also soy sauce, salted butter caramel… Whiffs of smoke and tar… Very old white wine, praline… Perfect, very rich and complex. Not a clumsy kind of sherry at all. Mouth: bold and very thick, rich and creamy again, extraordinarily coating and liqueur-like. Bold notes of coffee, dark toffee, old rum… Really hot despite its old age. Apricot jam, something resinous (propolis), wine sauce again… Bitter caramel…
Okay, let’s try to add some water as well now… (while the nose got mintier as well, but always as meaty)… Funny, it really resembles the Coopers’ more and more, with just the same bold minty flavours and, perhaps a little more pepper. But it’s also quite drier and definitely more tannic. Anyway, we have another spectacular, genuine sherry monster here.
90 points (tie between the two 1969’s!)