Black Gold is a semi-aged shou with a woody profile that’s not really my jam. I also doesn’t last very long, I can barely get more than 150ml/g of interesting infusions. However, it does have a very nice mouthfeel and a strong aftertaste.
The aroma is quite weak and has notes of wood, forest floor, and honey. Taste is then very woody, sweet and bitter with flavours of roasted hazelnuts and cocoa beans. After swallowing I can further taste mushrooms, honey and various spices.
The mouthfeel is thick, buttery, and slightly constrictive. The full-bodied and lubricating nature of the liquor is truly the highlight of the session. Around steep #3 I also noticed a more bubbly texture to it. There is a calming sort of cha qi, but nothing to write home about.
Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Forest Floor, Hazelnut, Honey, Mushrooms, Roasted nuts, Spices, Sweet, Thick, Wood