Nose: oh, we’ve gone one step further. This is perfection. Pipe tobacco, prunes, raisins, orange liqueur, chocolate, coffee, marzipan, cigars, incense, tamarind jam, praline… With water: the cigars come out more. Almonds, Armagnac, peonies.
Mouth (neat): amazing, a little drier than expected, with wonderful oranges and grapefruits, then the obligatory raisins, coffee, chocolate and rounded spices. Also raspberry and blackberry jelly, and just a few green tannins that you’re feeling on the sides of your mouth. With water: perfect. No need to say more.
Finish: long and amazingly ‘focused’ for a sherry monster.
Comments: one of the best middle-aged ones in my opinion. Textbook richly olorosoed Speyside.
SGP:661 - 92 points.