Tasting Notes by Tim F
Sweet notes initially, with ripe apples and hay; then some medicinal
peat, a lot of iodine and bandages. Next, some light caramel, then back
to the phenols with some wet burnt wood. A little later, some
appealing honey, vanilla fudge, marshmallows and orange blossom
counterpointed with diluted TCP. If you can be patient, leave it ten
minutes and a whole new set of aromas arise: red liquorice, homebaked
apple pie and tropical fruits - melon, lychee, passionfruit, tinned
peaches - come bursting out of the glass, along with icing sugar, smoked
vanilla, cinnamon and dry turf. What`s not to like? A fantastic nose
that really rewards serious attention and a bit of time to open up.
Very big at full strength. Sweet and hugely smoky initially - much
more so than the nose suggests. Burnt wet wood and leafy bonfire
smoke. Chewy wet peat. This first blast might lead you to think it`s
one-dimensional - quite the reverse is true, but once more you have to
be patient. By the third or fourth sip, once the palate has
acclimatised to the peat, the sweet fruits start poking their way out
onto the palate - tangy citrus, with orange and grapefruit notes and a
hint of nectarines.
Finish: Pretty huge, needless to say. Soot and coal with some of that citrus sharpness.
it`s with water that the Tempest truly explodes with flavour, lifting
apple blossoms and the marshmallows on the nose and releasing the full
smoked fruitiness of the palate. You don`t need to be shy with the
water, it can take a good dose. Suddenly the crisp, tart citrus is
amazingly magnified, as the phenols, while remaining prominent, take
more of a supporting role. Take it down to about 30%, leave it a few
minutes and suddenly the honey and tropical fruits are there again, but
still with a healthy whack of peat. It`s fabulous.