Color: deep gold.
Nose: rich, smooth. By its oxidative character, this Ben Nevis evokes a yellow wine from the Jura of about twenty years. Aromas of nuts and very ripe white grapes blend harmoniously with aromas of curry, cinnamon and saffron. More and more greedy, the aromatic palette then becomes almost chocolatey vanilla and above all beautifully floral (lime blossom, lily, peppery rose). Exotic fruits (roasted pineapple, flambéed banana) are the highlight.
Palate: ample, lively. On the attack on the palate, beeswax and acacia honey coat the taste buds very gently while spices (pepper, star anise, cloves) are deposited in powder on the tongue. In the middle of the mouth, stewed fruits (apple, plum) and candied citrus fruits (lemon, orange) rub shoulders with many aromatic plants (chervil, sage, savory). The aftertaste is marked by notes of frangipane and raisin cake.
Overall: long, smooth. A subtle blend of damp earth, cinnamon and grated ginger, the start of the finish is at the same time freshly herbaceous (coriander, dill) resinous and sappy (pine). In its continuation, flavors of nuts feed with delight an invigorating bitterness. In retro-olfaction, cocoa powder, plantain, turmeric and acacia honey punctuate the tasting beautifully. The empty glass is vanilla, camphoric and medicinal (tiger balm).