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As in "He is the most distilled form of the Sherlock Holmes character I've seen."

Does "distilled form" here mean something that expresses the essence of the character (Holmes)?

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Yes, that is right. Distilling (in the literally sense) is a method of purifying a spirit, or separating different volatile chemicals.

A highly distilled vodka is one which is mostly pure alcohol

So by analogy a highly distilled form of the character shows the pure characteristics or "expresses the essence of the character".

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