The taste is both balanced and harmonious. Initial nose of spice, such as star anise, cinnamon, clove, and cardamom. As one sips at precisely -18 degrees Celsius, one enjoys the glories of anise, fennel, coffee, orange, burnt sugar, and cola. The finish is a harmony of complex bitterness and herbaceous mystery. Dry, long, yet not overly sweet, preparing the palate to re-engage once more.