Boy, this truly is a golden oldie, bottled in those old fashioned dumpy bottles that Signatory used in the last Century. Distilled in 1988 (the year in which yours truly got his driving permit) and bottled in 1998. The malt matured for 9 years on a sherry cask and has thus spent more than double that time in the bottle.
The nose is weird to say the least! I get some maritime notes on the one hand (rocky coast, moss) and sherry notes on the other (leather, oranges), but the whole is defiled (for lack of a better word) by raw meat, salt and a bit of OBE. I also get some sour notes like rotting plants or a pond. Quite the cacophony on the nose!
It’s better on the palate, but still not grand. Some typical HP notes like heather, oranges, liquorice and smoke, but at the same time quite spirit and sharp on chili peppers.
The finish is the redeemer, for quite enjoyable. Dark & sweet, lightly drying and deliciously sweet on apricots and mango.
What a weirdo! The nose was bad, the taste so-so, but the finish is great. A weird, but pleasant experience. Thanks, Manny!