The very first sniff drew positive impressions; ‘gravitas in
a glass’ someone said – aromas of marmalade, toffee, syrup, coconut and exotic
fruits (melon, lychee, Gewürztraminer) with some gentle hints of wood sap,
shrubberies and rose gardens. The palate certainly didn’t disappoint but it had
a surprisingly strong Armagnac character – we found it juicy, mouth-watering
and mellow, with sandalwood, tropical fruits and mixed spices (pepper, ginger,
chilli). The reduced nose was a beehive (beeswax, honey, wood) in a garden –
also dark fruits, velvety chocolate pots and lavender. The palate now suggested
raisins soaked in brandy, dried flowers, sultanas, dates and warming spices.
Drinking Tip: This would be great dram to cradle,
appreciate and muse over after dinner.
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