Beautifully structured and almost impossibly intricate in flavor and aroma. The fruit sensation is so deep and so complex that one could find almost any note in it: we settled on guava, mango and tangerine. Intensely floral – passion fruit, lilac, lily – with crisp cacao nib and sandalwood complication. Rich, lyric acidity; syrupy but buoyant mouthfeel. The aromatic fireworks quiet a bit but still saturate the finish.
By Kenneth Davids
September 1st, 2014
Delicate, crisply and sweetly intricate. Honey, mango-like fruit, elderberry and very complex floral notes, ranging from bitterish lavender through lush honeysuckle. A hint of rye whisky, a sort of essence of rye whisky, supports the fruit and flowers. Tart though very sweet acidity; light but silky mouthfeel. Deep, resonantly flavor-saturated finish.
Price: HK $178/200 grams
Distinctly brandy-toned, sweet yet briskly pungent. Cleanly expressed brandy, strawberry-like fruit, dark chocolate, night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Round, gently vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy, very buoyant and lively mouthfeel. Rich, deep, profoundly flavor-saturated finish.
Delicate and exotic. Sugar cane, ripe lime, orange, fresh-cut cedar, wisteria, a hint of rye whisky in aroma and cup. Soft, lyrically sweet acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweet, cleanly whisky-toned finish.
Price: $17.90/12 ounces
Balanced, quietly complete, subtly original. Orange, fresh-cut cedar, lily-like flowers, roasted cacoa nib, a hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet, smoothly nuanced acidity; syrupy though lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but maintains a resonant, layered complexity in a quiet, lasting finish.
Price: $18.00/8 ounces
Sweetly and delicately pungent; exotically complex. Honey, jasmine, lavender, lemon verbena, crisp suggestions of roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Gently rich, brandyish acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Honey and cacao nib in particular carry into a long, resonant finish.
Price: $16.50/12 ounces
Sweet-toned, gentle, juicy. Pineapple, sweet chocolate, rum, minty flowers, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Round, richly lively acidity; full, very syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a finish that balances continuing sweetness with a crisp drying edge.
Price: $18.00/12 ounces
Deep, low-toned, opulent. Minty dark chocolate, ripe pineapple, orange, hints of clove and lilac in aroma and cup. Rich, round, vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Fruit-nuanced chocolate rings far into a long, resonant finish.
Price: $17.45/12 ounces
Sweet-toned, deep; lovely balance. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, hazelnut, white peach, lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Plump, soft acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rich, sweet, cleanly straightforward finish.
Price: $14.49/12 ounces
Big, crisply sweet, deep. Brisk walnut, guava and roasted cacao nib in front, softened and supported by backgrounded narcissus-like flowers and aprium-like fruit. Rich, bittersweet-toned acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate suggestions in particular carry into a resonant, flavor-saturated finish.
Price: $18.00/12 ounces
Very sweet, lyric, juicy. Honey, peach, caramel, honeysuckle-like flowers, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Delicately and sweetly bright acidity; very silky, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around peach and caramel in a continuing sweet-toned finish.
Balanced, sweet-toned, quietly complex. Fresh cane sugar and lush honeysuckle in front, supported by layered hints of orange, vanilla, roasted cacao nib, thyme. Crisp, balanced acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Vanilla and orange in particular carry into a continued sweet, gently flavor-saturated finish.