Nose: Banana city, more accurately those foam banana sweets you get that are covered in milk chocolate. Then old leather boots that have been out in the sun, my old cracked leather jacket and polished oak floors. Java coffee beans, soy sauce, and some thick aged balsamic vinegar. There is a really intriguing chargrilled meat note, like a good steak slapped onto a BBQ. Damp forest floors, hessian sacks, a musty library and some mushrooms. This smells old. Really old.
Palate: Hot delivery, as expected. Big, big flavour burst and thick mouth feel. Wood, immediately wood, but old wood that has been well used and polished – not fresh cut planks. The faintest hint of banana. Teriyaki steak; that sweet and salty soy sauce covering burnt meat from the nose. Liquorice, dark and black and heavy and smoked. Some sour zippy oak very much reminiscent of Oude Gueuze (oak aged, double fermented sour beer from Belgium). Moves sweeter as it develops with treacle toffee and on to medium/dark chocolate (65% stuff like Bournville, not the heavy 80% stuff), here come those bananas! At the tail of the palate its going sweet and that moves us to the…..
Finish: Sweeter, loooong (hey, it’s 57%, what do you expect). This is turning into pudding now; flambéed bananas covered with a rich toffee sauce that stays around for ages, really luscious, some slightly bitter treacle toffee too from the end of the palate. Silky milk chocolate as well as ‘fake’ banana flavoured food such as milkshakes or those foam sweeties from the nose. Intermixing is some smoky char, cigar boxes and rolling tobacco.