Colour: Mid Golden
Nose: Fragrant, fresh and sweet. Fresh green toffee apples with marzipan and fudge sweetness are followed by macadamia nuts and rum and raisin ice-cream. There is also freshly toasted oak wood which later gives way to deeper notes of treacle and a hint of tar.
With water, the flavour complex of fragrance, fruit and oak notes leap out with apples, vanilla ice-cream, and a hint of parma violets. Later, there is a heavier oak and sun dried raisins, leaving well-worn leather and walnut at the end.
Taste: Full and flavoursome, the taste envelopes the tongue. Initially sweet and creamy with fudge, then slightly sour with citric acidity as the tang of green apples first encountered on aroma pervades the palate. The dryness of oak is detected throughout, leaving a hint of bitter dark chocolate.
With water, the taste is firstly sweet and with the same initial character as a full strength. The dryness is more noticeable now with oak, walnuts and a hint of linseed oil.
The mouth-feel is silky and mouth-warming with balanced citric astringency and oiliness.
Finish: The finish is long with an oak and nutty character and the tang of apple skins.