SWELL DE SPIRITS #1 FINS BOIS N°52-22 46,6%
After the OB version, it’s time to taste an IB alternative of this awesome Fins Bois. Bottled by Swell de Spirits in November 2021, this bottling is just 0,1% higher than the original one. Let’s go!
Colour: Dark amber, orange lights. Heavy irregular tears.
Nose: Very heady and flowery entrance. Quite chalky too. It remains very flowery with lingering violet syrup notes. It gets elegant fruit scents on marasquin cherry and tinned plums. Nice menthol notes in the background. Magnificent tropical fruit notes, mainly on banana stew. Heavy licorice sweets smell now. Truly a great nose.
Mouth: Oily texture with strong grenadine aromas at first. Nice rancio with various shades on overripe fruity notes (mango, papaya) and umami shades(salted soy sauce). Great mouth length underlined by a strong spiciness on Sichuan Pepper and nutmeg. Heavy red fruit notes on strawberry tart and marasquin cherry. Few acidulous shades on blackcurrant juice. It ends on fig and rhubarb jam. Simply magnificent.
Last Notes: Still full of tropical fruits (passion fruits, banana) with hints of herbs on rosemary and basil. Nice nutty pastry notes on almond paste and walnut pie. Hint of leathery scents in the background. Yummy raspberry syrup notes too. Back on the palate, you find a great mix of nougat notes and blackberry jam aromas. A tad tea-ish but less than the OB version. It remains quite spicy with a full spoon of cinnamon. It goes on delicious dried figs and raisins aromas.
Maybe a bit less wild than Grosperrin’s version but what a kind of Fins Bois! Everything is given with shades and elegance. Nice fruitiness and freshness, and an unexpected chalkiness in the nose part.
My very subjective note: 92/100
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