Appearance : topaz
Nose : refined, precise. Deliciously mentholated and herbaceous (verbena, sage), the first nose quickly develops slightly medicinal (arnica), juicy (sugarcane juice), floral (lime blossom, white lilac) and exotic (pineapple, mango) notes. Very concentrated, once allowed to breathe, it moves clearly closer to sugar cane. Outstanding. Sweet spices (cinnamon, ginger) also join the action. Increasingly floral (lily of the valley, peony, honeysuckle), the aromatic palette is punctuated by saffron, vanilla and herbaceous notes of great distinction.
Palate : clean, resolute. The attack clearly sets out it arguments, with sugar cane and cane sugar the reigning masters. So much so that a field of cane and cane sugar fresh off the press literally surge from the glass. The exotic (kaffir lime, passion fruit) mid-palate is characterized by notes of fresh tobacco, grilled walnut, iris butter, vanilla and coconut. At the end of the palate, cane syrup spreads across the sides of the palate.
Overall : long, rich. At the start of the finish we find vanilla flan, lime tart, Normandy tart and pineapple crumble, it seems almost cruel to have to choose between them. At the very end of the finish, cocoa powder mixed with dried fruit (date, fig) tactfully covers the aromatic palette. Fragrances of geranium blossom and flavours of wild peach and bourbon vanilla illuminate a very fresh retro-nasal olfaction. The empty glass reveals notes of Havana cigar, flambéed banana, coriander and coffee.