Appearance: Deep gold, straw. Good beading.
Nose: Mellow in feel, with some prickle, and slightly
dry. The aroma is reserved, dusty and somewhat
closed to start with. Sweet and fragrant with
moorland scents and dried herbal notes, subtle
traces of butterscotch and boiled sweets, and a
pencil-box base of new wood. Adding water
brings up a subtle hint of match striker.
Palate: At natural strength, smoothly creamy and
slightly astringent in texture, the vibrant taste richly
sweet overall, with a drying, gradually building
peppery-spicy warmth. With a good drop of water
the taste profile is barely altered, but the taste is
now more even-tempered as well as sweet and
spicy, and clean and fresh too.
Finish: Long and warming. Water cools the heat,
yet leaves some warm spice in the aftertaste