Nose – Medjoul dates, glace cherry and vanilla marzipan.
Palate – Treacle and hot cross buns.
Nose with water – Oakiness, autumnal days and jam.
Palate with water – Bitter orange marmalade, walnuts and chocolate.
The first nosing is dense and sticky, as of preserved figs, dates and cherries. The nuttiness of marzipan infused with vanilla comes second. With water, more woodiness comes out, and there’s a forest-in-autumn kind of feel, while the last of the year’s fruit is bubbling into jam.
On the palate it is long and luxurious, with a hint of spice, changing the season to spring and hot cross buns. With water, these buns are spread with dense orange marmalade, concealing a mature bite. Walnut-chocolate brittle follows and keeps the finish going.