Appearance : deep burnished gold.
Nose : fine, ethereal. At once exotic (passion fruit, lychee), peaty-medicinal (camphor, ointment), spicy (coriander), smoky (soot, ash) and malty, the first nose is superbly full. Allowed to breathe, lime, agave syrup, dark chocolate and heady florals (iris, lily) provide a relay full of inspiration. With time, the peat becomes increasingly present and above all salty and iodine. Magnificent.
Palate : sharp, stately. On the attack, compote fruits flavours are seeped in a rooty peat. Next, exotic fruits (papaya, passion fruit) emerge on the surface of the flavour palette. The mid-palate makes way for vegetal and herbaceous notes (hay, courgette flower, dandelion, fresh mint…). At the end of the palate, vanilla and strong spices (clove, ginger) announce a finish that promises to be rich.
Overall : unctuous, creamy. As expected, the taster is offered a collection of pastries. These include French toast, rum baba and even a strawberry and rhubarb tartelette. Next, without any resistance, blocks of peat sweep through the very end of the palate. With them come seaweed and grains of salt. Full of freshness, the retro-nasal olfaction is characterized by notes of green tea, chlorophyll and bay leaf. The empty glass evokes a smoking Havana cigar. A note of artichoke heart. Much later, exotic fruits reappear.