Appearance : burnished gold with copper tinges.
Nose : rich, intense. The very expressive first nose reveals sublime aromas of vetiver, pressed orange, vanilla, florals and sugar cane honey. Allowed to breathe, spices (nutmeg, ginger) and chillies feed a deliciously tangy sequence (lime, William’s pear, sugarcane juice). Extremely refined, it gradually becomes increasingly heady (honeysuckle, hyacinth), as vanilla takes on chocolatey dimensions. Innocently, sugar cane hovers over the aromatic palette.
Palate : firm yet creamy. The particularly exuberant attack brands “Savanna” onto the frontispiece of the flavour palette. Artichoke heart, a pinch of salt, a few strong spices (ylang-ylang, nutmeg, saffron), orange blossom, freesia and other geraniums, citrus fruit (orange) and exotic fruits (mango, guava) are all found on the particularly well-developed mid-palate. Outstanding. At the end of the palate, cane sugar gently spreads across the sides of the palate.
Overall : long, rich. Continuing on perfectly from the palate, the start of the finish is a rare delight. Little by little, the Savanna’s medicinal (tiger balm, mustard poultice) and floral (lavender, iris, reseda) character sets in. On the retro-nasal olfaction, cocoa bean, grated ginger, candied apricot and a sophisticated liquorice tactfully punctuate the tasting. The empty glass is undeniably floral (carnation, lily, tuberose), herbaceous (white mint), chocolate, floral (hibiscus) and spicy (cinnamon).