Appearance : burnished gold.
Nose : refined, complex. The particularly aromatic initial nose wavers between spice (clove, nutmeg) and vanilla, with a background of woody and toasty notes. Allowed to breathe, it becomes increasingly fruity (pear, apple), floral (white lilac) and mentholated. Next, sweeter spices (cinnamon, cardamom) accompany toffee and cashew nuts. A remarkably well-balanced nose overall.
Palate : elegant, distinguished. The same fresh fruit and vanilla give the opening of the palate lots of juice and sweetness. Then, very quickly, stronger spices (pepper, star anise) take hold. This livens up the palette of flavours, which then develops a more malty and chocolate register (cocoa beans, praline).
Overall : serene, balanced. A handful of citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit) bring acidity to the now roasted (coffee) and rooty (ginger) finish. The velvety mouthfeel pays testament to the high quality of its noble wood. The retro-nasal olfaction is slightly honeyed (acacia) and fruity (apple jelly). The empty glass is spicy (saffron, cumin) and floral (geranium, carnation).
AWARDS = Best French single cask, World Whiskies Awards 2018