Appearance : bright gold.
Nose : refined, original. From candied orange to acacia honey, William’s pear to aromatic plants (parsley, wild thyme) and bourbon vanilla to very ripe banana, the first nose is extremely concentrated. Allowed to breathe, lavender honey, fresh walnut, cinnamon, herbes de Provence and tiger balm accentuate the very pleasant sensation of fullness that reigns throughout the aromatic palette. Superb.
Palate : clean, precise. Also honeyed (wildflower honey, acacia), the attack offers the chance to explore more exotic lands (pineapple, kiwi, lychee, passion fruit). Next, nutmeg and candied ginger appear alongside yellow fruits (melon, pomelo) and black fruits (cherry, blueberry). The wonderfully oxidative mid-palate inspires lots of emotion. Next, dark chocolate is transformed into a damp, mineral-rich earth and gooseberries release a divinely tangy juice. The end of the palate is refreshed by a salty marine breeze.
Overall : long, creamy. At the start of the finish, coconut milk, candied lemon, star anise and cut hay form a quartet whose harmony is equalled only by its diversity. Still nuanced, it lingers on notes of pink peppercorn, courgette flower, Russian leather and green liquorice. On the retro-nasal olfaction, vanilla and a hint of camphor leave a lively signature on the palette of flavours. The empty glass is medicinal (tiger balm), fermentary (malting floors, washback), fruity (banana) and mentholated.