Appearance : deep gold.
Nose : refined, smooth. The superbly malty initial nose is also very fruity (ripe apple, candied pear) and pastry-scented (cake, custard flan with prunes). Allowed to breathe, very fine notes of wood bring lots of nobility to the expression. Increasingly heady, it lingers with aromas of salted butter caramel, candied lemon, white mint and spices (ginger, cumin). With lots of finesse, the aromatic palette becomes delicious honeyed (acacia) and exotic (coconut) with time.
Palate : concentrated, rich. On the attack, beautiful vegetal (cut hay) and herbaceous flavours (tobacco, peppermint) are gradually enveloped by a fine layer of chocolate and liquorice. Then, on the mid-palate, the spices become stronger (clove, nutmeg). Bourbon vanilla and Corinthian raisin bring lots of creaminess to the end of the palate. Note that it has also moved closer to malted barley. Finally, as with the nose, acacia honey covers the taste buds.
Overall : long, rich. Continuing on perfectly from the palate, the start of the finish is floral (lily, iris), infused (sage, verbena) and roasted (coffee, mocha). Notes of toffee and tobacco then create a particularly harmonious duo. On the retro-nasal olfaction, aromas of undergrowth (mushroom, moss, lichen) and candied ginger bring out the very mature character of the very end of the palate. The empty glass is unmistakably medicinal (ointment, mustard poultice), malty and praline.
ARMORIK 6 YO 2014 Armorik Porto Finish French Connections
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Matured between May 2014 and July 2016 in an ex-bourbon cask, this Armorik then continued its ageing in an ex-port cask until June 2020. More than just a finish, this double maturation has enabled it to acquire not only balance but also extraordinary harmony. It also plays a major role in binding the various stages of the tasting. If we could mention only one of the highlights that bring so much rhythm to the palette of aromas and flavours, it would undoubtedly be the gentle increase in power.
Profile: the unctuous first nose is wonderfully malty, fruity (apple, pear) and pastry-scented (cake). Allowed to breathe, it becomes delicately woody. Salted butter caramel, candied lemon and spices (ginger) join. The concentrated attack is vegetal (cut hay) and herbaceous (tobacco). On the mid- palate, the spices become more powerful (clove), before the taste buds are coated in acacia honey. The rich finish is floral (iris), infused (sage) and roasted (coffee). The tertiary and mature retro- nasal olfaction evokes the forest floor (mushroom).