Ex-Bourbon and Dragon Charred Casks
The nose starts with aromas of peat smoke and sooty chimney air. Behind this, a fresh orange note appears, along with aniseed and caramel notes. In the background, soot, iodine and BBQ notes, along with a touch of pepper. Relatively complex and very pleasant. The alcohol isn't pungent at all.
Surprisingly sweet on the palate with a lovely vanilla note, creamy caramel and orange fruit. Parallel to this, warming peat smoke emerges with some pepper, liquorice, herbs and sooty ash notes. Noticeably oily and multi-layered on the palate. There is hardly any alcoholic spiciness.
The finish is long and oily with creamy vanilla and sweet smoke. Towards the end tarry with ash and a hint of menthol.
After adding a few drops of water more smoke on the nose with ash notes, liquorice and soot. The sweet flavours are somewhat pushed into the background. On the palate, however, still sweet with vanilla and caramel, but also clearly spicier and less oily with notes of pepper, smoke, ash and a touch of menthol. Less warming as well. The finish is still long with vanilla, liquorice, menthol, smoke and some tar.
Moët Hennessy Germany for the complimentary sample and the image!