Official tasting notes:
Colour/appearance: Warm, yellow gold. Fluid and soft, developing fine, late legs.Nose: An immediate and perfectly poised waft of sulphurous spent match above a soft, reassuring, cereal layer of freshly baked sourdough bread and ripe red fruits. Later, honey, creamy toffee, peat, wood smoke, salt and ozone followed by clove-accented bubble-gum notes. A faint savoury trace – the acetic tang of new make and perhaps the charcoal ash from a beach barbecue. Finally, bracing, soaring pine resin. A beautifully paced and outstandingly balanced composition at 45.8%. Softer with water, with greater emphasis on caramel and malt notes; growing richer, with shaved dark chocolate and a little kirschwasser.Body/texture: Viscous, pleasing and firm.Palate: Salty and slightly honeyed, then savoury – home-made potato chips, cooked in beef dripping and seriously seasoned – giving way to glorious dark South American chocolate laced with chilli; then redcurrants and coating, pithy tannins – crisp and vegetal. Fresh tarragon. Growing fiery yet creamy and filling the lungs with smoke. Wonderfully sweet, honeyed and liqueur-like with water.Finish: Long. At first fiery, smoky and minty with a memory of rich, dark chocolate truffle cake. Later, wood ash, more clove, chocolate ginger and hints of coal tar. Growing cooler, with subdued, late chilli notes and a final appetisingly sulphury, savoury smokiness.With water: Pure sweet honeyed smokiness. Sauternes followed by an exquisite late and distant smoke, peat on the breath and ultra-late salt on tongue.