...which is another good old blend. It owns a very old-stylish profile that modern drinkers have to get used to first but it is worthwhile to go that extra mile. Completely different to all that floats around these days, and yes - it is quaffable, no doubt!
The colour is deep copper and the nose is very old-stylish on toffee, liquorice, caramel, waxes with lots of different spices. All is balanced and without off-notes but somehow I miss the attracting aromas. After some breathing chalky-mineral notes join in and turn the nose even more old-stylish. I like it, but more from an intellectual point of view (it is interesting) than for the enjoyment.
The taste starts honeyed-waxy and turns more spicy-floral over time which is a great transformation. There are grassy, oily and fruity flavours too but the honey-spicy combo clearly dominates the taste. After some chewing this evolves to a toffee-fudgy impression cooked over a peat fire (the smokey notes are very shy, to be honest). Not too bad...
The initial mouthfeel is very charming with both a warming and coating effect that I really love. The finish is of medium length and stays on the spicy side with some bitter tea-ish impressions that are great to counter the toffee-fudgy taste. No distracting moments.