Colour: deep amber – bronze.
Nose: fantastic attack on espresso
coffee and dried herbs, with also
lots of leathery notes (horse saddle).
Strong pipe tobacco (Balkan sobranie),
walnut liquor, cigar box…
Very, very ‘male’, whatever
that means. Keeps on developing,
on soy sauce and fresh fruits such
as granny smith apples – and
also dried oranges and pineapples.
Whiffs of smoke. Really a stunner,
with no weakness due to age. Mouth:
extremely sweet and smooth, with
a creamy mouth feel. A perfect balance,
with a bit of icing sugar at first,
followed by bunches of dried fruits
(Smyrna raisins, bananas, figs)
and toasted nuts (pecan, almonds,
peanuts). Cake, Virginia tobacco…
Some eucalyptus candies, mint drops…
Notes of old claret, cinnamon and
a bit of clove, getting spicier
and spicier. Rose jam, Turkish delight…
Hugely complex and fabulously balanced,
with a rather long, smoky and dry
finish – and also a little
spearmint to give it a little extra-freshness.
Exactly the kind of malt I’d
like to sip in a club, with a great
cigar. Too bad I never go to clubs
and I don’t smoke cigars anymore!