Appearance : bright gold.
Nose : refined, deep. On the first nose, a very beautiful oily and salty peat fills the olfactory senses. Around this come fresh fruits (apple, pear), grains of salt and citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit). Refreshingly herbaceous (green malt, alfalfa), with time it becomes delicately floral (rose, honeysuckle), vanilla-scented and spicy (black pepper, clove). Note that the peat becomes increasingly powerful whilst remaining oily (olive).
Palate : rich, fairly creamy. Unlike the nose, the attack reveals a drier and more rooty peat (ginseng). Smoke covers the edge of the palate. We also find ginger and candied lemon. The medicinal (ointment, mustard poultice) mid-palate confirms this evolution to a drier register. Nonetheless, at the end of the palate, exotic fruits (pineapple, banana) and infused plants (verbena, rosemary) refresh the palate right when needed.
Overall : long, distinguished. At the start of the finish, the peat has now found the perfect balance of dryness and humidity. Notes of agave, coconut milk, pressed lemons and vanilla play equal roles with camphor, ash and green liquorice. The retro-nasal olfaction is mentholated and heady (iris butter, lily) and the empty glass hands over to a particularly expressive smoky and peaty malted barley.