It’s black, with flamed amber when held to 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.