Please refer to the following picture for the bottle conditions
Stains on the front and back label
Fading on some of the cover boxes
Some dents on the edge of the boxes
Stains in the boxes
VOL 70cl* 9pc
THE classic. Not too sure if this line's been now discontinued or if they'll keep making them. Mind you, a genuine age, a genuine vintage and some genuine sherry casks from Jerez! Colour: dark amber.
Nose: I don’t know how to put this, but this baby feels at home. What strikes first is a combination of juicy sultanas with orange marmalade and a new pack of eucalyptus drops, making it wider than the usual sherry monster, whether coffeeish or Chrismassy. Then we have a little menthol, prunes, some chocolate and ganache, ultra-ripe bananas and a curious yet lovely feeling of curry powder with coconut milk and ginger. Kerala style?
Mouth: it’s rather drier than expected, certainly big, very full, very rich and then ultra-raisiny, that is to say, that it’s becoming sweeter indeed. Then more chocolate, touches of coffee, a wee spiciness (mole sauce?) and the faintest traces of new oak. It’s actually not very ‘wide’ and rather pretty compact and ‘focussed’, but that works perfectly.
Finish: rather long, maybe a notch oaky now, quite dry this time, with some bitter chocolate and a little mustard. The aftertaste is quite oaky.
Comments: a sure bet. I think some vintages from the 1980s have been rather below par, but the recent ones are certainly up there again.