25 yo 1980/2005 (55.8%, Whisky Tales,
cask #14156, 324 bottles)
Colour: mahogany with reddish hues.
Nose: a beautiful sherry right at
the start, with lots of chocolate
and coffee as well as a beautiful
smokiness. Truckloads of all kinds
of roasted nuts, old rancio, very
old dry white wine (Burgundy, with
its toastiness). No excessive sweetness,
no clumsiness and no heaviness. Goes
on with hints of orange liqueur, linseed
oil… Another beautiful sherry,
very elegant, very straight. Almost
perfect. Mouth: a slightly sweeter
start but it’s not short of
‘rectitude’. Also lots
of pepper and salt. Develops on cocoa,
coffee, bread crust, raisins, roasted
nuts again… Gets more and more
chocolaty, with a beautiful dryness.
Not much development but it’s
so beautifully coherent that that’s
not a problem – at all. Very
long and bold finish on raisins, oloroso
and rum plus, again, lots of salt.
Just excellent again: 92 points.