It’s black, with flamed amber when held to the light. Like Sarsaparilla. The nose is subtle, hot brewed coffee, Old Gold, faint suggestions of Taiheke turned grass-like and earthy. The mouth is full of rich chocolate, like every mud cake you ever scoffed. Rum and raisin, cocoa nib, chewy continental loaf, espresso-like bitterness fades in time with a stylistic dry finish. Oats here play the part of the youngest sibling at a family get together, they help to mediate and smooth things over.