Appearance : burnished gold with copper tinges.
Nose : rich, heady. Bitter orange, dried apricot, sleet, beautiful rancio and increasingly present oily, rich peat are all found on this incredibly complex first nose. Allowed to breathe, it develops superb honeyed (acacia, lime blossom), spicy (saffron, clove, ginger), medicinal (ointment) and marine (smoked fish) notes. Next, aromas of hot tarmac and diesel bring the first stage of the tasting to a beautiful end.
Palate : clean, dynamic. On the attack, grains of malted barley flood the palate with lots of luxury and softness. On the mid-palate, a fine layer of salted butter caramel and praline then cover the taste buds. Next, peat leaves an iodine, salty and medicinal mark on the end of the palate, which is also deliciously chocolate, infused (black tea) and liquorice (zan liquorice sweets).
Overall : long, balanced. The intensely smoky (Havana cigar) and animal (bacon) start of the finish brings us deep inside a kiln. At the same time particularly mouth-watering, it creates the sensation of chewing on liquorice stick. The delicately cocoa and herbaceous (pipe tobacco) retro-nasal olfaction restores lovely notes of agave, alfalfa, star anise and candied ginger. The empty glass wavers between burnt wood, crackling chimney fire and vetiver flavours.