Rating: Interesting, complex, intense and tasted almost oblique. When is there a mixture of oak, pepper, menthol and artificial-sweet red lollipops? It's kind of hard to describe. I almost like it again. Anyway, today I have a push on the 90 point mark.
Right off the bat, a bit spicy in the nose. Essential eucalyptus oil draws pleasantly into the nose. Otherwise, the nose presents initially a little closed. It takes time to grasp individual flavors. The impression is initially spicy, fruity, tart and slightly sweet at the same time. Vanilla, apples, red berries and nectarines meet fresh green tea, orange oil and some mint. There are rich grains and some leather behind it. A half teaspoon of water to 2-3 cl makes the nose a bit gentler and creamier. Every now and then a hint of caramel flashes through. All flavors are somehow very closely interwoven. A complex nose that is fun and invites you to explore in depth.
Surprisingly clear, for a fraction of a second fruity, yes downright sweet and then very spicy, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. Against the backdrop of an almost artificial sweetness that reminds me of little red lollipops from childhood days, a pinch of pepper dusty on the tongue. Menthol joins in and makes for a somewhat unusual blend of tastes. The pepper fades slowly and together with malt the sweetness works harder forward again. Caramel suggests itself and in the transition to the finish develops a slightly creamy vanilla flavor. Cinnamon comes through and only comparatively late enters the oak with its dry, spicy wood taste the stage. In the transition to the finish, there are still a handful of almonds, and it sets up a pleasant, slightly astringent mouthfeel. Like a woody Chianti.
The finish is medium to long and dry. Deeply penetrated by the sweetish tonic, neatly peppery, rich dry grain, and the intense old oak sound spicy and herb after. Bitter almonds, a little bit of cold espresso and anise in conjunction with the increasingly dominant oak make for a delicious end to it.