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Ninkasi was the Sumerian goddess of beer. In 2015, the Ninkasi Whisky Experience was launched by Christophe Fargier and his team. Aged for 30 months in white Burgundy barrels (Domaine Burrier - Château de Beauregard) and finished for six months in American oak barrels previously containing Pinot Noir, this single malt created for LMDW reveals a youthful spirit that highlights the freshness of the distillate, as well as the fruity maturity that continually places Mirabelle plum centre-stage. Also very altruistic, the fruit happily allows the expression of other ingredients in the palette of flavours and aromas, such as malted barley grain, citrus fruit, noble spices, camphor and vanilla.
Colour: Deep golden yellow.
Nose: Lively and creamy. A close reflection of the grain, the first nose is intensely malty (barley pulp, porridge). Allowed to breathe, it reveals notes of citrus fruit (orange), fresh walnut and fermenting Mirabelle plum. Oxidative, it develops into crushed red fruits (redcurrant, strawberry). The Pinot Noir’s influence then becomes more marked (black cherry). At the same time, the aromatic palette becomes richer (prune flan, clafoutis) and more spicy (pepper, cinnamon, clove).
Palate: Dynamic, full of freshness. The attack is clearly vanilla, roasted (coffee bean) and spicy (star anise). On the mid-palate, fresh fruits (pear, Mirabelle plum, black grape) bring lots of energy to a delicately woody and liquorice flavour palette. As on the nose, the end of the palate is rich (Normandy tart, rhubarb cake). Gradually, a fine layer of salted butter caramel and citrus fruit (candied lemon) coats the taste buds.
Finish: Long, heady. A hint of camphor, grilled pine nuts, vanilla and Mirabelle plum form a start to the finish that is also honeyed (acacia). Equipped with beautiful minerality (slate, schist), it lingers on biscuit flavours. Mirabelle plum provides a link between the nose, palate and finish. So much so that on the retro-nasal olfaction, this wonderful fruit is served as a tart. The empty glass is camphoric, medicinal (ointment), spicy (black pepper) and toasted.