Nose: Honey, vanilla, crème brulée, citrus, chocolate, toffee, mango, and oak. The sauternes is evident, but not very pronounced. It’s quite tangy, grapey, and winey.
Palate: Butter, white pepper, chocolate, citrus, sawdust, wine, and some mild fruits.
Finish: Medium-long. Oak, white pepper, grapefruit, cream, ginger, honey, vanilla, and wine.
Thoughts: The Nector D’or is more nuanced and refined than the rest of the budget range. It has a tart winey quality, a pleasant sweetness, a good peppery kick, and a nice creamy note. Unfortunately, it’s almost double the price of the Original 10 year old, which I prefer. As much as it's good, I rarely come back to it.
One interesting note is that I let my last bottle sit for about six months, and found it had mellowed out significantly. Time seemed to give it a softer texture and brought more harmony to the flavours. Ironically, I tend to enjoy this most when it’s been opened and left alone at the back of my shelf for months. Anyway, it’s good stuff. I think wine lovers would appreciate this one.