Appearance : orangey copper.
Nose : rich, deep. The beautifully oxidative and rancio first nose (mango, orange, apricot) is also floral (iris, lily), chocolatey, nobly woody and spicy (saffron, new oak). Allowed to breathe, various jams and jellies (apple, peach, quince) underscore the aroma palette’s generosity. Fragrances of spice bread, marmalade and orange blossom add even more style to a sequence that alone embodies the world of whiskey.
Palate : lively, resolute. The attack not only combines chocolate, ginger, cinnamon and candied citrus fruit (lemon, orange) but is also rich (almond pastry, pistachio cake). At this exact moment, the creamy and earthy mid-palate (gentian root) bursts to light. The complex end of the palate gives lots of airspace to vegetable notes (squash, courgette, artichoke).
Overall : long, firm. Settled in its fruity, vegetable stance, the start of the finish invites us to go picking oranges and mandarins. To drive the point home, orange blossom fragrances fill the air. On the retro-nasal olfaction, toffee, cardamom pod, cocoa powder and citrus fruit zest spread across the sides of the palate. The empty glass is fruity (raspberry), herbaceous (rosemary, pipe tobacco) and spicy (ginger).