Nose: very interesting! Sour cherry and mint come to my mind first what reminds me of some old piglets, Pulmoll candies. After some time, orange peel and apricot pits emerge. In addition, the drop can hide in any way its tart acidic vegetable oak flavors. He does not need it either. Fit perfectly into the overall picture. The mint note is getting stronger and reminds me more and more of a bubble gum. But the sour cherry flashes again and again and does not allow one-sided flavor development. After a longer life, the flavors change: Orange prevails, especially in the form of an orange blossom (green tea / jasmine tea fits in the association), but also strawberry and a subtle vanilla are felt. The oak also shows a tart but pleasant side, otherwise I can not describe it. I also associate red currant fruits. Bitter almonds as already mentioned by the apricot kernels are also present in the aroma spectrum. A very complex nose that never gets boring.
Taste: Sweetish, subtle vanilla, soft and pleasantly tingling / sour in the mouth. A wide range of subtle bitter substances spreads on the tongue and is constantly accompanied by a strong mint note. The woody aromas go in a more vegetable direction and are accompanied by orange peel and a pleasant fruit acid. The mouth feels cooled by the alcohol and strengthens the mint association again. In the finish, the sweet mint, a hint of vanilla, cocoa and a hint of orange remain. Barely really getting bitter, but still long on the finish with a slightly occupied tongue and a long-lasting cooling effect.
Conclusion: The contrast between nose and palate is already relatively large, overlaps are still found. I like it very much and it is so different than I imagined this Christmas Malt.