Colour : Orangey copper.
Nose : Rich, concentrated. The delicately apricot and floral (rose, pansy, geranium) first nose also reveals a very noble wood. Allowed to breathe, strong spices (star anise, clove, nutmeg) and red fruits (raspberry, strawberry) transcend the aroma palette, which gradually becomes chocolatey, empyreumatic (rubber) and even more heady (dahlia, lavender, gillyflower). This increase in power is quite simply incredible.
Palate : Lively, full-bodied. At once malty, preciously woody, roasted (coffee) and fruity (mandarin), the attack is also livened up with medicinal (mustard seed, iodine tincture) and camphoric notes. The deliciously powdery (cocoa, curry) mid-palate is like an apple or quince jelly. At the end of the palate, abundant nuts (almond, cashew nut, hazelnut) appear alongside sweet spices (cinnamon, cumin).
Finish : Long, silky. With perfect sweet and savoury balance, the start of the finish is drawn out with flavours of toast, wildflower honey and Corinthian raisin. Covered in a fine layer of salted butter caramel, the end of the palate is also extremely peppery. Staying close to malted barley, the retro-nasal olfaction is mouth-watering. The empty glass is refreshingly herbaceous (cut hay, moss, ivy) and resinous (pine, cedar).