mmmm 78....I love that vintage. Thanks for the note. It doesn't surprise me that this is better than the 70, 75, and 79. I think 78 had big hype and it probably wasn't very good for early drinking (not sure about that part, never had one early), but that the vintage really came around nicely in the last decade or so.
A question for you Mareff- any green or herbaceous notes? I have enjoyed many 78s. I find the common theme is a slightly herbaceous quality to them which is in balance and not displeasing, but has been present in almost every 78 I've had (numbering about a dozen of the bigger boys).