Appearance : deep gold.
Nose : rich, complex, fresh. On the first nose, an exceptionally pure expression of notes of malted barley, ointment and ripe fruits (lemon, pear, Mirabelle plum) sets the tone for the tasting. Allowed to breathe, the aromatic palette takes on incredibly precise exotic (pineapple, passion fruit, banana) and vegetal (cut grass, fennel, cypress) tones. The Penderyn style, free of anything superfluous, is at its zenith. With time, coconut milk, a fine green liquorice and grated ginger enrich an initial sequence of aromas that still has many more secrets to reveal.
Palate : svelte, lively. The very mineral (chalk, tuffeau) attack is also medicinal (ointment, mustard poultice), extremely fruity (Williams pear, greengage plum, white peach), floral (white lilac, lily of the valley) and delicately vanilla. On the mid-palate, noble spices (nutmeg, cardamom, pink peppercorn) and aromatic plants (savory, sorrel, lemon balm) form a completely independent second sequence. Next, flavours of cane sugar, lavender honey and raisin underscore the influence of the Moscatel sweet wine. Outstanding.
Overall : long, delicate. Moving in the most natural way closer to malted barley (wort, porridge), the start of the finish places a basket overflowing with red and black fruits (strawberry, raspberry, bramble, cherry) on the centre of the palate. On either side, lime blossom honey, camomile tea and sweet almond milk refreshingly coat the taste buds. At once vanilla and chocolate, the retro-nasal olfaction brings out the incredible fruity (pear, apricot) creaminess of the end of the finish. The empty glass is malty, peppery, exotic (pineapple) and praline.