Nose : Complex, elegant. Very seductive, the initial aroma oscillates between dried fruits (hazelnut, raisin), spices (clove, ginger), fresh fruits (pear, mirabelle), and dark chocolate. It evolves into notes of precious wood (cedar, oak) and stewed fruits (plum, greengage). As time passes, cocoa powder covers the aromatic palette.
Palate : Rich, firm. As often is the case with Blanton’s, the spices transition to a more powerful range, with hints of chili even making an appearance. Somewhat medicinal (balm-like), the mid-palate further enhances the sensation of warmth and power emanating from the mouth. With aeration, it gains in creaminess and fruity sweetness (apricot, orange).
Finish : Long, lively. Empyreumatic, notes of beeswax and incense underline the quality of its woodiness. Fresh ginger and cinnamon are followed by cashew nuts and vanilla. The retro-olfaction is very fruity (ripe apple, William pear), and the empty glass indulges in spices (cardamom, saffron) and aromatic herbs (lime blossom, verbena).