Domenis - Stravecchia CinqueGrappa
An aged grappa from top producers Domenis, Stravecchia is a spectacularly complex spirit with a seemingly unending finish. Amazing stuff.
Flax, sesame oil, some oaky notes as expected - resin, sap, hint of vanilla honey. Resembles a very young whisky in some respects. Sweetened porridge, natural yoghurt.
Big burst of pepper initially, then sweetens slightly, with marmalade, blossom and mixed peel. The resin from the nose is also present. Mid-palate some clove and then very prominent apricot flavours come through (both fresh and tinned).
Amazingly long. The pepper and clove win out over the apricot.