massive attack to one's taste buds. Only little cask influence with a
powerful distillery character. Nonetheless enjoyable neat. The filigree
fruitiness and vanilla sweetness bravely defy the massive load of
alcohol and spiciness.
I thank Caminneci - Wine & Spirit Partner for the sample!
The nose starts off with a gentle vanilla sweetness, followed by a
restrained fruitiness of apricots and lemons. The alcohol is
overpowering but not pungent. Behind that overripe fruity flavours
emerge, mainly melons, accompanied by notes of freshly baked bread,
ginger and a hint of oak in the back.
Bold and intense on the palate. Sweet vanilla, ripe melons and apricots,
complemented by a very warming alcoholic bite. Spiced oak, black pepper
and caramelised ginger emerge, followed by subtle tobacco leaves
(rather the green ones) and a metallic note towards the finish.
The finish shows medium length. Still very warm with tender creamy
sweetness of vanilla and melons. Becomes dry and subtle bitter on the
tail with green tobacco leaves and spiced oak.
WITH WATER: Water
tames a bit of the alcoholic bite. The fruitiness is pushed in the back
while spices and slightly bitter notes of grape peel come to the fore.
Also significantly tamed on the palate leaving enough space for a
delicate vanilla sweetness. However, bitter notes of grape peel,
grapefruit and lemon also arrive. Still warming spiciness of oak,
pepper, nutmeg and ginger. The finish is a bit shorter, less sweet but
warm and very dry with oak on the tail.