Color: Bright gold
Nose: Rich, concentrated. A very subtle blend of ripe apple, cider, acacia honey and toffee, the first nose puts Calvados and Sherry on an equal footing. The aromatic palette is naturally reminiscent of a yellow wine or a manzanilla. Scents of curry, incense and burst mustard seeds maintain this relationship. Very nicely oxidative, the nose also becomes more and more greedy (Norman tart) and floral (carnation, hyacinth).
Palate: Both lively and smooth. On the attack on the palate, apples release a wonderfully sweet juice on the taste buds. Lemony, the mid-palate is vanilla and herbaceous (apple blossom, fresh grass). In the aftertaste, flavors of mirabelle plum complement the deeply fruity character of the taste palette while acacia honey covers the rim of the palate. The mouth gives the sensation of biting a ripe apple.
Overall: Long, smooth. Equally evocative, the start of the finish cuts tangy apples into quarters. Fermentation flavors (cider) flood the ambient atmosphere. Milky (coconut, walnut), the very end of the mouth is of a rare smoothness. Very tasty, the retro-olfaction is abundantly fruity, springtime (daffodil, wildflowers) and grainy (apple peel). Finely spiced (cinnamon, ginger), the empty glass is roasted (coffee), anise (fennel) and menthol. Note of raisin bread.