Appearance : orangey copper with glints of mahogany.
Nose : refined, balanced. On the first nose, sublime aromas of bitter orange and apricot balance perfectly with notes of deliciously honeyed, floral (geranium, petunia) and medicinal (musk, arnica) sugar cane juice. Allowed to breathe, it becomes increasingly exotic (mango, guava, banana), vanilla and liquorice. Gradually, pipe tobacco, wood polish, apricot stone and even more heady florals (iris, lily) play a key role in the luxurious character of the aromatic palette.
Palate : invigorating, delicate. The remarkably chocolate and praline attack is characterized by a very pure expression of sugar cane flavours. Next, spices (grey pepper, star anise, clove) bring lots of energy to a mid-palate that returns to citrus fruit (orange, grapefruit) and florals (rose, peony, reseda). Gradually, heather honey and rose petals delicately envelop the taste buds.
Overall : long, tight-knit. Velvety tannins highlight the quality of a spicy (ginger), roasted (coffee) and veiny (eucalyptus) wood. With time, cocoa and tonka bean envelop the sides of the palate in a deliciously bitter and velvety coating. On the retro-nasal olfaction, freshly pressed cane sugar and fragrances of flowering geranium draw out the tasting. The empty glass is nobly spicy (saffron), fibrous (sugar cane) and heady (iris butter). Much later, mango, juicy orange and quince jelly make it clear the tasting was yet to finish.