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The nose delivers joyful impressions of Spring – caramel, Toffee sweetness, vanilla, pineapple and subtle perfume (jasmine, bergamot), eventually finding pine timber, ginger and cinnamon. Those warm spices are much more evident on the palate – moist gingerbread, ginger snap biscuits, mincemeat pies and cinnamon-dusted apple cake – while still holding golden syrup and brown sugar sweetness and fruit (cherry, apple, pear, orange oil). With water, we identified millionaire’s shortbread, candied fruits and a bouquet of flowers on the nose. The palate suggested dried apple rings and quince jelly, with a touch of white pepper – playful and lively in the mouth and very enjoyable.
Attractive aromas of dried flowers and lavender joined the delicate yet woody spice of sandalwood that had been polished with linseed oil. Complex notes of mixed herbs initially suggested herbs d’Provence but later condensed into rosemary and thyme on roasted parsnips. Soft fruit jelly sweets mixed with apple and pear tarts on a palate that embraced the sweet spice of chilli jam and camphor. Then came the distinctive character of ripe bananas baked with milk chocolate and a sprinkling of cocoa powder. The finish returned to herbal domains, embracing fennel seeds before cooling tones delivered a pinch of peppermint.
We have pulled into a petrol station forecourt by the sea. Peated minerals, chalk, Febreeze and lemon scented fabric softener fill the air. Then comes lobster pots, freshly creosoted fence posts, a stick of dynamite and a freshly washed hospital corridor. With water there is a spritz of fresh lemon juice, spray paint, old Marmite, sun-dried kelp, oyster sauce, lemon thyme and BBQ scallops. The palate is immensely chiselled and medicinal. Raw sea salt, frying bacon, smoked kirsch, peated oats, grilling whelks, heather ale, sea greens and pure brine. Reduction opens up notes of juniper, damson panna cotta, green peppercorns in brine, beach sand, old boiler sheds, candle wax and iodine tablets.