Appearance : deep golden yellow.
Nose : refined, smooth. On the first nose, notes of acacia honey, roasted apple, cinnamon, green walnut and coconut milk mix together with lots of harmony. Allowed to breathe, the aromatic palette narrows and becomes more herbaceous (verbena, sage) and candied (pear). Increasingly concentrated, it gradually reveals a lovely medicinal sequence (ointment, camphor). In the background, very ripe exotic fruits (pineapple, banana) appear alongside malted barley. Ben Nevis in all its glory!
Palate : clean, lively. The exuberant attack (passion fruit, kiwi, fig) takes on the same oxidative character of the aromatic palette. On the mid-palate, bourbon vanilla and acacia honey gently envelop the taste buds. Next, notes of bay leaf and sorrel refreshingly draw out the juicy (William’s pear) and herbal (lime blossom, verbena) end of the palate. With time, a handful of citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit) arrive to bring lots of energy to the flavour palette.
Overall : long, generous. Clearly evoking a vanilla flan or a pineapple tart, the start of the finish is also tangy (lemon, mandarin). Notes of blonde tobacco and toffee then rival each other intensity. The very end of the palate is mentholated and chocolatey. On the retro-nasal olfaction, malted barley resurfaces to definitively take the reins. With its notes of acacia honey, cinnamon, ginger and walnut, the empty glass is an exact copy of the first nose.