Appearance : pale gold.
Nose : refined, balanced. Characterized by notes of damp straw, malted barley, ash and incense, the initial nose is very direct and precise. Allowed to breathe, a rich, oily (savory) and mentholated peat begins to take action. It brings lots of length and sweetness to the aromatic palette. It then lingers naturally with floral (lavender, violet), salty and medicinal (iodine tincture) notes.
Palate : taut, lively. The attack unmistakably centres on smoke and malted barley. Remarkably mineral (pencil lead, schist), it is also lemony and fruity (pear, apple). On the mid-palate, tapenade and smoked meat (bacon, bresaola) flavours bring lots of consistency and sweetness. Gradually, white florals (lilac, lily of the valley) pierce through notes of tar and soot. Spectacular!
Overall : long, fresh. Muddled at the end of the palate, the start of the finish is rooty (ginger, ginseng) and bursting with mineral salts. With incredible liquorice richness, it is also fruity and juicy (white grape, William¡¯s pear). Gradually, white mint, coconut milk and vanilla take over the very end of the palate. Heady florals (peony, freesia) perfume a delicate and elegant retro-nasal olfaction. The empty glass is undeniably malty, medicinal (ointment), vegetal (artichoke) and mineral (lava).