Nose: Sweeter than the Rendezvous, with toffee popcorn, burnt sugar and fig rolls. It’s actually quite similar in aroma to Polish poppy seed cake and it develops with hints of rapeseed oil, crème caramel and cola bottle sweets. Maybe just a touch of lemon sherbet.
Palate: Explosively hot and spicy. It’s sweet too. A mix of Muscovado sugar, nutmeg, freshly grated cinnamon and green oak. Green figs, pear cider and charred wood and, as it develops, it becomes more and more like slightly sweetened Masala chai.
Finish: Just a hint of green oak and caramel, the spiced tea notes are what really carries it though. Quite a long finish, with just a trace of marjoram on the tail.
Overall: Brilliant stuff. Very rustic and herbal, oodles of character.