Nose: Rich cassis (more crème than Ribena), with hints of cherry and spicy oak.
Palate: Rich, but not overly syrupy, with concentrated blackcurrant jam and vanilla at the front and black pepper and a hint of tobacco appearing at the end.
Finish: Long and rich, with the blackcurrant flavours slowly dissipating to leave a lingering note of sweet vanilla.
Comment: All the hallmarks of high-quality crème de cassis, but with everything turned up to 11.
On the nose the powerful fruitiness of blackcurrant comes first. Then comes the evolved side of the Cognac which brings the overall some Kirsch and Madeira notes.
The first mouth is also very much predominated by the power of the blackcurrant, then we move on top the jammed blackberry flavours.