(a winter's eve slow roast with Mich&Bo and Newan) Dark golden honey amber in the glass, with a rich oily nose with impressions of dried apricot and a hint of kerosene and even vanilla. The taste is clean, crisp and bright, with lively acidity, lemon zest, and controlled citrus. Olive oil impressions, creamy eggy custard, even lightly toasted almond nuttiness and tinge of brioche betray its age. Beautifully developed, and drinking very well now, leading to a short but clean minerally (flinty) finish which is both focused and coherent - so much better balanced and younger than my last bottle. Paired with JM's spurious otah-otah.
(brunner at Justina's) Opened because bottle was showing signs of seepage (dark drop of syrup accumulating outside cork). Amber coloured. Lovely nose of toasts, stewed lemon peel, marmalade. On the taste, well structured citruses, mainly lemon and limes - elegantly poised, some intensity with bright acidity. At the same time, honey, creamy, nutty and slightly bready (buttered toast) with an impression of vanilla (but it's unoaked!). Soft minerality, almost flinty, and a pleasant but short-ish finish. Took some time in the glass to open up. Oddly enough, went well with Adel's tandoori chicken.
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