Nose: both firm and unctuous. A subtle mix of malted barley, acacia honey, fresh walnut and almond, the initial nose reveals incredible depth. Allowed to breathe, apricot and aromatic plants (verbena, sage) bring even more nobility to the aromatic palette. To really make an impact, it then becomes increasingly heady (hyacinth, rose poivrée) and spicy (ginger, nutmeg).
Palate: clean, full of energy. The superbly herbaceous (straw, barley) attack is also slightly earthy, almost peaty and very liquoricey (black). Notes of turmeric and cocoa powder then bring lots of charm to a mid-palate that is also delicately salty. At the end of the palate, the oloroso sherry’s influence is underscored by dried fruits (date, fig). In the background, noble cask flavours bring us into the distillery warehouses.
Finish: long, concentrated. The start of the finish is just as evocative as the end of the palate, inviting us on a rustic, countryside journey. Flavours of freshly worked soil and wild flowers appear in perfect harmony with spearmint. Becoming increasingly oily, the mouthfeel has a wonderful velvety softness. The retro-nasal olfaction is then very fruity (apple, grape) and roasted (tobacco). A true ode to malted barley, the empty glass gets straight to the point.