Colour : Burnished gold.
Nose : Refined, precise. At once lemony, vanilla, malty and medicinal (ointment), the first nose immediately brings to mind a Speyside single malt. Allowed to breathe, the aroma palette becomes more exotic (banana, pineapple, passion fruit). Delicately herbaceous (cut hay) and honeyed (acacia), it gradually becomes intensely fruity (pear, peach, Mirabelle plum). Superb.
Palate : Lively yet creamy. The vanilla and spicy (clove, pepper) attack is also deliciously milky (almond, coconut) and chocolatey. The midpalate is then occupied by aromatic plants (camomile, rosemary) and heady florals (mimosa, broom). After this vegetal interlude, the flavour palette returns convincingly to a more lemony, honeyed and fruity (pear, apple, fresh fig) register.
Finish : Long, well-balanced. Picking up exactly where the end of the palate ends, the start of the finish is salty and yet deliciously bitter (liquorice stick, infused sage). Gradually, flavours of samphire, courgette flower and dandelion flower take over an infinitely malty end of the finish. On the retro-nasal olfaction, notes of green walnut, mint and blonde tobacco make a lasting impression on the taster’s memory. The empty glass is medicinal, fruity (William’s pear) and herbaceous (lucerne, clover).