The nose combines a wood-carver’s workshop and various fruits
(tutti-frutti, blackcurrant, sherbet lemon, banana chips, orange) – ‘an
odyssey of fruit on a sea of polished oak’.
We also found coconut, vanilla and honey. The palate continued these
themes – juicy fruits (mango, kumquat, bramble, peach, pineapple) and
vanilla custard – the wood now predominantly spicy oak (ginger, clove,
With water, what had been quite intense became more gentle, comforting
and soothing – dried reeds and rushes, green tea and brown sugar on the
nose – and perfumed exotic fruits, grass, plum jam and teasing, playful
spices on the palate.