Appearance : topaz with copper hues.
Nose : fresh, distinguished. Beautifully herbaceous (cut hay) and floral (lavender, tuberose), the first nose is also very malty (porridge). Allowed to breathe, dried apricot, walnut and juicy orange highlight the quality of the sherry cask ageing. A very refined liquorice then accompanies sweet spices (cinnamon, ginger) and nuts (cashew, almond). Profound harmony emanates from the aromatic palette.
Palate : delicate, nuanced. The generous attack is wonderfully juicy. Moving from marmalade to rhubarb tart and strawberry jam, the taster is transported to a particularly radiant tertiary register. The very heady mid-palate is floral (iris butter, carnation), nobly spicy (saffron) and powdery (cocoa, grated ginger). The end of the palate is balsamic (pine, thuja).
Overall : long, ethereal. With radiant finesse, the start of the finish further raises the level of the tasting. Bourbon vanilla, pistachio and verbena spread across the sides of the palate. The warm and refreshing aftertaste is empyreumatic (polish, beeswax, Russian leather) and mentholated. On the retro-nasal olfaction, led by invigorating citrus fruit zest, malted barley makes a triumphant return. The very complex empty glass is in unison with the nose and the palate.