Appearance: Deep gold with amber lights. Good
Nose: A mellow, rounded, nose with some prickle.
The first impression is of rich, dried fruits, and
beneath this fresh-baked buttered scones, perhaps
spread with lime marmalade. Soon this becomes
lightly savoury and meaty but retains a slight citric
note. A drop of water modifies the latter and
reduces the aroma.
Body: Medium to full.
Palate: At natural strength, mild for its strength and
super-smooth in texture, while the wonderfully rich
mouth-filling taste is immediately sweet overall with
dried fruits, then intense and savoury with a
surprising kick of chili pepper as it goes down.
Magnificently feral and delicious. Drying overall,
with rich tannins. Similar with a dash of water, which
raises a little more sweet, spiced fruit.
Finish: Seemingly endless and deeply impressive,
with the fruit and savoury notes in perfect
agreement and a warming glow spreading across
the palate. Finally leaving the palate dry, yet still
wreathed in a glorious rich afterglow.