The virgin oak casks’ influence is clear with a robust undercurrent of freshly sawn wood and toasted oak. Accenting these are sweeter notes of vanilla and caramel, along with a tinge of tropical fruits like coconut, which are typical notes imparted by new oak barrels.
A rich honeyed sweetness greets the palate, soon followed by the unmistakable robustness of the virgin oak. A hint of dark chocolate emerges, while a light nuttiness and the spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg add complexity. The maritime influence introduces a subtle salinity, which further refines the flavor profile, providing a counterbalance to the inherent sweetness.
The finish is prolonged and warming, as the virgin oak continues to shine. The toasted oak flavors linger, coupled with a hint of dark berries and a smidge of sea-salted caramel. It concludes on a softer note with a lingering sweetness and a slight reminiscence of a late evening sea breeze.