Appearance – Rich antique gold.
Nose – Oily, waxy and nutty, balanced by ripe orchard fruits. Notes of almond fruit cake on denser Christmas pudding, with cereal and orange behind.
Body – Medium to rich. Good viscosity.
Palate – The comforting chewiness of rich fruit-bread, hints of orange zest and clove, growing drier, still minty, with crisp green apple.
Finish – In a word, long. Quite syrupy at first, then drying, with elegant coating tannins rich in dark chocolate character.