TASTING NOTE LMDW: Very different from the 1997 vintage version aged in bourbon casks from our 2013 Collection, a true fruity standard from the Midleton distillery, this 1998 vintage aged in sherry casks is a pleasure to blur the slopes. Indeed, whether it is on the nose or in the mouth, it is first of all the wine of Sherry that speaks to not let go in the final. This gives birth to a pure pot still powerful, firm to the tones much darker and tertiary than usual.
Profile: Empyreumatic. Cocoa, roasted and woody notes (sandalwood, cedar). Sherry wine. Fruity (nuts, apricot, white peach) and spicy (saffron, coriander). Candied oranges, cherry rancio with brandy. Color: orange copper. Nose: empyreumatic, firm. Notes cocoa, roasted and woody (sandalwood, cedar) highlight the influence of sherry wine on the aromatic palette. As it goes, it becomes more and more fruity (nuts, apricot, white peach) and spicy (saffron, coriander). Candied oranges mixed with rancio cherries in brandy then form a charming duo. Palate: tense, full of vivacity. Barley and spices settle on the tongue while the walls of the palace are coated with praline, licorice and dried fruits (cashews, almonds, hazelnuts). Wonderfully balanced, it has a fine woody bitterness. Fruits full of sugars (pineapple, apple, plum) show a juicy end to mouth wish. Final: long, silky. Notes of citrus (grapefruit), heady flowers (lily, iris), liquorice, toffee, currants, infused tea leaves, rhubarb and peppermint precede a tasty retro-olfaction in the style of a café in Liège. The empty glass is marked by the liquorice stick.